Apartments in Alicante

Transport in Alicante

In the public transport system of Alicante, there are 50 bus routes and 4 tram lines. The movement starts at 6:00- 6:30, ends at 22:30-23:00.

Buses

City buses are painted red, suburban – in blue. At the stops there are maps of all routes. The entrance is through the front door, the exit through all the others.

Trams

The modern convenient mode of transport connects the center of Alicante with the nearby suburbs of San Vicent del Raspeig, Playa San Juan, El Campello, and also with the 40 km-long resort of Benidorm. In the old districts of the city, tram lines are laid underground like the subway.

Payment of travel

You can pay for travel within the city by a one-time ticket (1.45 EUR), which is sold in special vending machines or by a bus driver. It should be remembered that bills of no more than 20 EUR are accepted for payment. It is much more convenient to use Bono 10 and Bono 30 travel cards, calculated for 10 and 30 trips respectively. In this case, one trip costs 0,87 EUR. At the entrance to the bus or tram, the card must be brought to the reader, while a characteristic squeak is heard and the number of remaining trips is displayed on the scoreboard. The cards are sold in tobacco kiosks and at the ticket offices at the terminal stops. You can top up the balance at the points of sale and ticket machines.

Taxi

Free taxis are waiting for passengers at special parking lots throughout the city; They can also be called by phone. The rate is 2 EUR / km, the minimum travel cost is 5 EUR. Credit cards are accepted for payment. Night rate, from 22:00 to 6:30, more expensive by 20%.

Bicycles for rent

Fans of outdoor activities who want to ride around the surroundings on bicycles can contact Sport Bike (12 EUR per night, 70 EUR per week) or Blue Bike rental & tours (5/10/12/15 EUR for 1/4/8 / 24 hours, 55 EUR per week).

Car rental in Alicante

There are car rental companies at the airport and at the railway station. Compared with international Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt, the rental price of local distributors is noticeably lower (the same applies to the quality of service). Weekly rental Ford Focus in the company Drivalia will cost from 39 EUR in low season to 196 EUR at its peak.

Looking forward to the pleasure of the upcoming trips, do not forget that the central part of Alicante is a dense network of narrow streets with one-way traffic, which often cause congestion. And there are practically no places for free parking there. The penalty for speeding is 20 km / h – 100 EUR, for the unfastened seat belt – 200 EUR, for exceeding the permissible level of alcohol in the blood (0,5%) – 500 EUR. Covered parking: 1,20-2 EUR per hour or 9-24 EUR per night.

Beaches of Alicante

Alicante beaches attract tourists from all over Europe for decades. Rescuers are on duty at all beaches, bars, cafes and restaurants are working. There are showers, toilets, beach equipment rental outlets, playgrounds.

At the foot of Mount Benacantil is the beach “Postiguet” with a beautiful promenade and clean fine sand. Usually it is quite crowded because of the abundance of tourists who rent accommodation in the center of Alicante. To the north-east of the center is the cozy beach “Albufereta”, and to the east – the popular beach “San Juan” with golden sand – the longest (2900 m) and the widest (60 m) in the city. In addition to sunbathing, there are many lovers of water sports.

The Saladar beach in the quiet residential area of ​​Urbanova near the airport, like the three previous ones, is marked by the Blue Flag – a guarantee of cleanliness, quality and safety. Families with children will approach the beach “Almadrab” with a gentle sunset into the sea, where there is almost no high waves, and you can admire the standing in the bay with small boats. Beaches are free, but for renting an umbrella or a lounger you need to pay 4-6 EUR.

Small stony coves Cape Cabo de Huertas – a wonderful testing ground for fans of learning the underwater world with a tube and mask. Unless, of course, they are not embarrassed by the neighborhood with nudists, also chosen by the local stones.

Shopping

The main shopping street in Alicante – Maisonnave Ave., going from the city center to the railway station. It is literally crammed with shops of famous brands Massimo Dutti, Punto Roma, Guess Llongueras, Stradivarius, Nike, etc. In shopping centers El Corte Ingles come for expensive and casual clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, household goods and electronics. Local residents prefer a more democratic shopping center Plaza Mar 2 with a huge supermarket, known for the lowest prices in the city. But for the best products in Alicante, you definitely have to go to the Central Market.In the suburb of San Vicente del Raspeig it is worth to visit  Outlet Stores with clothes, shoes, accessories of European and Spanish brands and discounts up to 70%.

20 km south-west of Alicante, in the city of Elche – the shoe capital of Spain, is Europe’s largest shoe outlet Salvador Artesano.

Original souvenirs and gifts should be sought in the shops on narrow streets between the mayoralty and the cathedral of St. Nicholas. Perhaps it will be a hand-made ceramics, a leather bag, a flamenco shawl (20-30 EUR), a hand-made fan (from 20 EUR) or olive oil based cosmetics (5-20 EUR). Do not forget about local culinary attractions – jamon (from 20 EUR / kg) and dried fish (30-50 EUR / kg). Sweet lovers can be pampered with a “turron” (4-10 EUR per tile) – a local variety of nougat with almonds. For those who are looking for something unusual, there is a Sunday flea market.

What to taste

Indisputable favorite of local cuisine – paella, a traditional dish based on rice. It is represented in Alicante in all its manifestations – with beef, rabbit, chicken, snails, prawns, mussels and much more. With paella, her closest “cousin” – “fideua” successfully competes, in which rice is replaced with a small vermicelli cooked in fish broth. Everything else – at the discretion of the cook, so the recipes for its preparation are many.
In addition to paella and “fideua”, in any cafe there is a category of dishes “caldera”. They are made from stewed seafood, fish, meat with vegetables or potatoes and served with bread fried in olive oil. Well, if, because of the heat, the appetite is gone, order a cold thick soup gazpacho from the wiped tomatoes.

The most famous of the local wines “Fondillon de Alicante” – sweet, oily and smelling of cognac, is called “royal”. Probably because he was served to the table of Louis XIV.
Tapas is a common name for light snacks for beer or wine, which are served on bread slices or on small plates. Their variety is limited only by the imagination of the cook. Tapas are made from seafood, stuffed tomatoes, cheese, meat, jamon, in a word, from everything that will be at hand.

Entertainment and attractions

Local architecture combines Greek, Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic styles, harmoniously completing this palette of the building in the Art Nouveau and Baroque style. The buildings in each of the styles symbolize a certain stage in the history of the city.
Be sure to look at the building of the Basilica of Santa Maria, originally built in the Gothic style, and later supplemented with a facade in the Baroque style. Opposite is the museum  La Acegurada, which presents the works of Spanish masters of the 20th century – Juan Gris, Julio Gonzalez and Eusebio Sempere, the founder of the museum.

Very close to the main and most popular landmark of the city is the fortress of St. Barbara. It stands on the rock of Benacantil (166 m above sea level), from where it opens a surprisingly beautiful view of Alicante and neighboring settlements. On the hill from the other side of the city stands another castle – San Fernando, built during the War of Independence (1808-1814).
In 11 nautical miles from Alicante is a small island of Tabarka, whose coastal waters are declared a reserve for their crystal clearness.
For hiking, the Explanada de Espace Boulevard, whose pavement is made in the form of a mosaic consisting of 6 million pebbles, is perfect. Along it stretch rows of palms. Not far from the boulevard is the square of the Elch Gate, through which through narrow streets you can reach the Old Town.

8 things to do in Alicante

  • View the bullfight on the famous Plaza de Toros.
  • To make a sea voyage to the reserved island of Tabarka with a colorful fishing village.
  • Admire the city from the observation deck of Santa Barbara Castle.
  • Appreciate the variety of snacks in the tapas bar D’Tabas.
  • Wander through the quiet streets of the Moorish quarter of Santa Cruz.
  • Order a real paella in the restaurant La Nyora, where they cook only local cuisine. And also visit the WOK restaurants that work on the All Inclusive system. You pay for the entrance from 10 to 14 euros per person and you eat as much as you want the dishes of Spanish cuisine and a wide range of seafood.
  • Have breakfast with a sea view at the Kiosco Miramar on Postiget Beach.
  • Buy for friends a few bottles of “royal” wine “Fondillon de Alicante”.

Alicante for children

In the vicinity of Alicante, there are many places to relax with the whole family. The aquarium in the nearby town of Santa Pola allows you to look to the underwater inhabitants of the Mediterranean. The cost of an adult ticket is 2.50 EUR, of a child ticket – 1.25 EUR. Nearby there is a small Paul Park with three dozen attractions. Buy tickets only to those who are going to ride on attractions (12-18 EUR depending on age). Accompanying people can walk in the park for free.
Safari park in Elche is famous for show programs with parrots, elephants and sea lions.
The movement between the park enclosures takes place on mini-trains. Tickets: adults (12-65 years) – 22,50 EUR, children and pensioners – 17 EUR.
The exhibits of the Toy Museum in the city of Ibi are dolls, cars, railways, bears, horses, many of which are already over a hundred years old. Adults will probably also be interested to see what their grandparents played. The cost of an adult ticket is 2 EUR, of a child ticket – 1,50 EUR.

7 km to the west of Ibi, in the tiny town of Onil, there is the Museum of Puppets, in the exposition of which more than 1200 beauties, made in the 18-20 centuries. Ticket 8 EUR.
The amusement park “Terra Mitica” (ticket adult / children  34/25 EUR) and the Aqualandia aqua park (ticket 24 EUR) in Benidorm do not need special representation. From Alicante to Benidorm there is a tram line L1 (journey time 72 minutes, ticket 6,40 EUR round trip).
The most “delicious” – the Museum of chocolate at a chocolate factory in the pretty town of La Vila Joiosa. Free admission. You can free to taste and buy everything you like (stop Creueta on line L1, journey time 50 minutes, round-trip ticket 4,25 EUR).