Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca. With 332,000 inhabitants it is the second most populous municipality of Valencia Region. Full of history that you can breathe through its streets, from the Punic Akra Leuka, the Roman Lucentum until the “Laquant” for the Arabs. Alicante is a cosmopolitan city open to the Mediterranean Sea, ,a city that opens to visitors to give a rich and delicious cuisine, leisure and entertainment, sea sports, pleasant excursions, as Tabarca island, just 11 miles from Alicante and communicated daily by boat with the Kontiki Alicante line (except the winter months).
And above all it is a city full of culture. It is a must to visit the Archaeological Museum, MARQ, who won the 2004 award for best museum in Europe, Bonfires Museum, where we can recreate us in the great bonfires of San Juan, the Volvo Ocean Race Museum which is the world famous regatta , since Alicante is output port of the Volvo Ocean Race, the MUBAG, the Museum of Fine Arts in the city, and other interesting museums. But if some cultural resource worth a visit inexcusable, that is the Castle of Santa Barbara.
Located on the promontory of Mount Benacantil, and 166 m. Of altitude, is, in terms of area, the largest castle of medieval time of the whole Spanish territory. It can be reached by an elevator that is in front of the beach of the Postiguet, or by car by the avenue Jaime II, or for those who are in good shape, on foot, by the road that connects the park of the Ereta with Saint Barbara.
Do not miss the magnificent Esplanade of Spain, with its row of date palms and pavement that mimics the waves, a walk for which 6,600,000 mosaic tiles were employed in red, cream and Black. It is an ideal place for having a refreshing horchata.
Let yourself be carried away through Barrio of Santa Cruz and its steep and colorful streets.
Come to the park “the Palmeral” where you can enjoy a nice boat ride.
If you want, you can take the TRAM to visit the Playa de San Juan, 3 km long and the north of the province: Campello, Benidorm, Altea, Benissa, Calpe, Denia …
If you want to go for drinks in the city, there are different areas: the best known is the “Barrio” or the old town, plenty of terraces and pubs to have a drink. Also the downtown area, with tapas bars and entertainment.
And do not forget Alicante has a unique resource: an island called Tabarca, which is a marine reserve in the Mediterranean. The first settlers came from an island called Tabarka, off the coast of Tunisia, which was inhabited by Genoese and Carlos III redeemed from slavery to which they were subjected. So the inhabitants of Tabarca (initially called “New Tabarca”) have Italian surnames.
It is essential to eat the Tabarca style caldero (fish stew that takes its name from the cauldron in which it is prepared) and the succulent dishes and tasty fresh fish that has the island. There are boats from Alicante (50 min) and from Santa Pola (25 min)