Alicante is one of the main holiday resorts in Costa Blanca. It has beautiful waterfronts and well-developed tourist infrastructure. The city has also a rich history so you can find really interesting landmarks here. However, Alicante is a beach holiday resort first of all and people come here to spend a vacation swimming in the sea and sunbathe.
Beaches in Alicante
All the beaches are beautiful here. Everywhere you will find bars, cosy cafes and restaurants, playgrounds and equipment rental. Lifeguards watch every beach.
Playa del Postiguet is one of the most popular beaches that is why there are always many people here. It has very picturesque waterfront and clean sand.
Playa La Albufereta is a very cosy beach for those who like calm rest.
San Juan Playa is also very popular. Besides, it is the longest and the widest beach in Alicante.
Playa Saladar and La Almadraba are quiet beaches that will be great for the family rest with children.
Attractions and places of interest
The most notable features of the city are the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which sits high above the city, and the port of Alicante.
The Santa Bárbara castle is situated on Mount Benacantil, overlooking the city. The tower at the top, is the oldest part of the castle, while part of the lowest zone and the walls were constructed later in the XVIII century.
The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form and is one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. At the end of the promenade is a monument by the artist Bañuls of the 19th century.
Barrio de la Santa Cruz is a colourful quarter of the old city, situated on the south-west of Santa Bárbara castle. Its small houses climb up the hill leading to the walls and the castle, through narrow streets decorated with flags and tubs of flowers.
L’Ereta Park is situated in the foothills of Mount Benacantil, on the way to the castle. It runs from the Santa Bárbara castle down to the old part of Alicante and consists of several levels, routes, decks and rest stops which offer a panoramic view overlooking the city.
El Palmeral Park is one of the favourite parks of Alicante’s citizens. It includes walking trails, children’s playgrounds, ponds and brooks, picnic tables and an auditorium for concerts.
You should also visit Basilica of Santa María built in Gothic style over the former main mosque in XIV century. Other features include the high altar, in Rococo style, and the portal, in Baroque style, both from the 18th century.
There are also a dozen museums in Alicante. On exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) are local artefacts dating from 100 thousand years ago till the early XX century. The archaeological museum won the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. Gravina Museum of Fine Arts presents a number of paintings and sculptures from the XVI century to the XIX century. Asegurada Museum of Contemporary Art houses a major collection of twentieth-century art, composed mainly of works donated by Eusebio Sempere.
Alicante experiences a hot semi-arid climate. Mostly the weather is sunny and warm that allows taking excursions around the city. The tourist season begins in May and lasts until the end of September. Sometimes it rains. Precipitations occur oftener in October and winter time. The average temperature ranges between +17 °C and +7°C in January, and between +31°C and +22°C in August, with an average annual temperature of +18 °C.
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