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Alicante, Spain

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.

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Alicante, Spain

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss:

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.

Other Fun Things to Do:

  • Walk along the harbour on the Explanada de Espana. The pavements are made up of beautiful mosaics and are lined with palm trees, shops and outdoor cafes.
  • Stroll through the old Barrio de Santa Cruz for a glimpse of Alicante's ancient past.
  • Relax on one of the spectacular beaches in the area. Head to the main urban beach, El Postiguet, located at the end of the Explanada de Espana or take a short bus ride from the city centre to La Playa de San Juan, one of the best beaches in Spain.
  • Explore the Museo de la Asegurada and see the works of Picasso, Miró and Dali, as well as other 20th-century Spanish painters.
  • Visit Guadalest, one of the most unique destinations in all of Spain. This picturesque town, with its winding streets, is located high on a pinnacle amid beautiful mountains.
  • Enjoy the splendour of the Huerto del Cura palm gardens, with more than 300 different plant types gathered in one lush landscape.

Sporting Adventures

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.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

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.

Local Currency

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.

Weather in Alicante, Spain


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 62° 16.67°
Average Low 45° 7.22°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
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Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 0.61 in 1.55 cm

    Before You Visit

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