Want a gulp of fresh Mediterranean breeze, wish to loosen up and shake a leg on local beats, or sift through the pages of history – take a stop at Alicante; a modern city that oozes with tradition. This port city of Spain provides offerings for every traveller, from golden beaches to marvellous museums, from scrumptious food to ancient castles, Alicante boasts of it all.
Perched atop Mount Banacantil, the Castle of Santa Barbara stands guard in the middle of the city and can be spotted from every corner of Alicante. This ancient fortress dating back to the 9th century has stood witness to the evolution of various civilisations, accessible via elevators or a rejuvenating hike up the hill, the castle is a must visit.
Other monuments bejewelled with architectural genius include the Town Hall Building (where fun filled activities for kids and families are organised on a regular basis), Casa Carbonell (evidence of the magnificence of textile manufacturers of the days past) and the Santa Barbara Basilica ( the oldest active church in Alicante); the list is endless. World renowned museums like the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts and the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art keep the rich heritage of the city alive and attract history buffs and art lovers alike.
For a lazy day by the beach, there are various options such as the San Juan Beach, the Almadraba beach and the Albufereta Beach. If you wish to enjoy the idyllic beauty of nature then the Island of Tabarca is worth exploring, with its unique flora and fauna, it has been distinguished as Spain’s first marine reserve. There are also various parks and gardens to enjoy a relaxing walk or a picnic lunch- Explanade de Espanya, Park El Parmeral and La Ereta Park are some recommendations.
The best ways to explore Alicante is on foot, and if all the walking gets you hungry the Mediterranean cuisine has more than a mouthful of scrumptious options to offer. Enjoy Spanish flavours that burst in your mouth at a wide range of restaurants with delectable menu offerings. Cereveceria Sento, Pesca el Peso and OneOne, each has something unique and unforgettably delicious to offer. Tapas, seafood and sinful desserts, the food will keep you going all day.
Alicante is said to have the best nightlife in Spain, it is one of the major attractions of the city. Come summer and the beaches are abuzz with parties; the pubs usually open at 11 p.m and the celebration goes on till the wee hours of the morning. Most of the popular pubs and nightclubs are found in El Barrio, the best DJ’s, bars and crowds in the country will keep you rocking all night. El Puerto is one of the favourite nightclubs whereas places like Cafe Loft have live music playing till the sun comes up.
Alicante is an ideal location to loosen up, explore, and dance away the blues, so plan a trip to this mesmerising city soon, Alicante awaits your arrival!