Alicante is located on the eastern coast of Spain known as the Costa Blanca, the White Coast. Blessed with white-sand beaches and rugged mountain ranges, as well as thriving nightlife and a cosmopolitan feel, it's become quite a popular holiday spot. And it's easy to see why. From museums and castles to water sports and sunbathing, Alicante is packed with things to do and offers something for everyone.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The 16th-century Castillo de Santa Barbara is everything one would expect from a medieval castle – including drawbridges, hidden passages and a real dungeon. Located on the top of Mount Benacantil, it offers incredible views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
If you're a scuba-diving enthusiast, there's a spectacular underwater adventure waiting for you on the island of Tabarca. With a protected marine reserve surrounding the island and crystal-clear waters, it's a scuba-diving encounter you won't forget all too soon. Daily boat trips are made from Alicante to Tabarca, which is 11 miles off the coast.
Among the region's specialties is a variety of rice dishes with shellfish, such as arroz a la alicantina, which is a combination of rice, mussels, king prawns and chicken, or arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish broth.
The euro (EUR) is the official currency of Spain. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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