Welcome to Alicante
Famous for its pristine beaches and its dedication to art and history, Alicante is one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe.
The Romans called Alicante the City of Light and the Greeks named it White Summit. Alicante is renowned for its incandescent skies. Date palms line the grand Explanada, while the long and curving Playa de San Juan is the pride of the city. There are many modern high-rise hotels on this coastline. A few very elegant, independent hotels offer their warm and friendly Mediterranean hospitality.
Top Alicante Attractions
When you arrive, you won't be able to help but notice the impressive Castle of Santa Barbara, a medieval fortress that sits on top of the 745 ft tall Mt Benacantil. It is the city's biggest landmark. You can ride to the top of the castle or head up on foot. Once you're there, you will get amazing views of Alicante. Plus, the top of the castle is also the oldest part; it was built in the 11th century. Bronze Age remains from the 9th century have been found here. As an added benefit, most of the hotels in Alicante city are within walking distance to the castle, so you will get a fabulous view for your entire stay!
The remains of the Augusteum were at one time two important community Roman buildings that date back to 100 BC.
The eclectic architecture of the cathedral of Murcia includes the Door of the Apostles from the 1400s, the magnificent façade from 1737, the chapel with a star shaped stone vault, and a bell tower.
For some more amazing scenery, head to the Guadalest Valley. There, you will get to take in a variety of villages and landscapes. While you are there, check out the many art galleries and restaurants.
If you feel in need of some rest and relaxation away from town, head about an hour northeast to Calpe. The small beach village is a perfect place for a quiet getaway. Also, for a taste of history, check out the 2 churches in the middle of Calpe. They have been there since the 15th century.
The Great Outdoors
The Moors were the first to irrigate El Palmeral and started to plant palm trees in this grove. Palm trees now number over 200,000 in the city. Many of these plantations are now public parks. El Palmeral (or Elche Palm Grove) highlights cultural events including the Mystery Play and the procession of Palm Sunday. The Mystery Play has been performed each year since the Middle Ages and symbolises the last few days of the life of Mary, her death, her assumption, and her coronation.
Once you have worked up a good appetite, spend some time taking in Alicante's local flavour. Alicante boasts both classical Mediterranean and simple Spanish cuisine. Virtually every restaurant in town serves Paella. However, if you plan on going out for dinner, eat a late lunch. It is considered rude to show up at an Alicante restaurant before 9:30 PM!
Alicante accommodation sometimes closes during the wintertime. Quite a few cheap hotels in Alicante are within walking distance to attractions. This will save on travelling expenses. Most hotels are well furnished and designed. Postiguet Beach offers rows of sophisticated resorts and hotels that provide a guest with excellent customer services, superb amenities, and furnished rooms with modern décor.
Getting around by car
Alicante Airport to Alicante: 17 min (12 km) via N-332
Valencia to Alicante: 1 h 53 min (166 km) via A-7
Almeria to Alicante: 2 h 51 min (276 km) via A-7
Barcelona to Alicante: 5 h 4 min (525 km) via AP-7 and A-7
Accommodation, driving and car rental
At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.
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