City of Alicante, province of Alicante, autonomous community of Valencia, Spain. Coast of the Costa Blanca Alicante, one of the main resorts on the Costa Blanca.
Moderate climate and light breeze can envelop you with the atmosphere of absolute relaxation. The cuisine in Alicante is very diverse. Especially popular are seafood dishes. After all, Alicante is a port city, and fresh delicacies fall into your plates literally from the boats of fishermen.
Its symbol and the main historical attraction is the medieval castle of Santa Barbara on Mount Benakantil, which for its bizarre outlines is called the face of the Moor. Another Moorish trace is the Santa Cruz quarter with narrow streets, bright spots of flowers and the Gothic church of Santa Maria, built on the site of an Arab mosque.
But the most important thing in Alicante is the sea, the beaches and the palm-lined Esplanade Boulevard with a line of cafes, restaurants and tapas bars.
How to get to Alicante
Alicante International Airport, the third largest in Spain, is located 12 km south-west of the city center. Regular flights to Alicante are carried out almost all airports in Europe, and there are flights from Ukraine and Russia.
From the airport to the city.
The airport with Alicante connects the bus route C-6, the stop is opposite the departure hall. In the central part of the city, the bus stops at the railway station, intercity bus station, near the Central Market, on the lively Puerta del Mar square next to the seaport. The bus runs from 6:40 to 23:00 (from the city from 6:00 to 22:20), the interval of 20 minutes, travel time 25-30 minutes, ticket (3,85 EUR) is purchased from the driver. You can take a taxi from the airport to the city at any time of the day.The cost of the trip is 28-35 EUR.
The main railway station of Alicante is located in the center of the city. Trains from Madrid arrive here (13 times a day, 38-65 EUR, travel time from 2 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 40 minutes), Barcelona (8 times a day, 29-52 EUR, 5-6 hours), Malaga (2 times a day, 79-99 EUR, more than 6 hours) and other cities in Spain.
Intercity bus is the cheapest way to get to Alicante from Madrid (10 times a day, from 15 EUR, on the road 5 hours), Barcelona (10 times a day, from 22 EUR, 8 hours), Sevilla (1 time per day, from 19 EUR, 11 hours).
Areas of Alicante
The historical center of Alicante lies to the west of Mount Benacantil, crowned with the Santa Barbara Castle. Well-groomed streets, ancient temples, museums, picturesque seaport, boutiques, expensive hotels, trendy restaurants, bars and cafes – there is something to do in the day and where to have a fun night.
The epicenter of resort life is the Esplanade, a luxurious promenade with a palm alley and a mosaic pavement, made up of 6 million multi-colored marble tiles.
At the foot of the mountain lies the quarter of Santa Cruz – a quiet and almost deserted piece of old, still Moorish, Alicante with low houses, wrought-iron balconies and narrow steep streets.
In the area of Albuferet, 5 km northeast of the historic center, there are many residential complexes with their own pools, green areas, playgrounds. Excellent transport links, supermarkets, prestigious private schools, clean beaches, modern sports and medical centers have made this area attractive for people with high incomes.
From the east to Albuferet is adjacent to the Playa San Juan area with a line of multi-storey houses lined up along a magnificent sandy beach 3 km long