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Located on Spain's eastern flank on the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a charming Spanish port town. Lesser known than its neighbour, Benidorm (45km away), Alicante serves as a gateway to many pretty towns and villages such as Denia, Calpe, Altea and Torrevieja.
This attractive town has a palm-lined promenade and busy harbour with the historic Castle of Saint Barbara as a backdrop. Plenty of pleasant parks (some with concert auditoriums) and marble tiled pedestrian streets are the perfect venue for the evening "rambla" and provide exquisite people watching opportunities. Like any other decent Mediterranean town or city, Alicante has a lovely colourful district called Barrio de Santa Cruz where traditional style houses tumble down the narrow streets and flower-filled window boxes and climbing bougainvillea and hibiscus provide splashes of striking vermilion and hot raspberry pink.
Open air cafes, terrace pubs, tiny bars and great local restaurants dot the streets, so the city has a lively street culture and whole families come out to play! Any Spanish city worth its salt will have typical tapas bars and Alicante has many, so a glass of Tio Pepe, some gambas and a slice of tortilla can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
A few days in Alicante will open your eyes to a genuinely lovely Spanish city where life is certainly not lived in the fast lane and time comes dropping slow - just the ticket for our busy, stressful lives!
Did you know...?
Back in 1950, Benidorm was the first tourist destination to accept bikinis on the beach
Explanada de Espana promenade is home to 400 palm trees and 6.6 million marble tiles
The Romans named Alicante “Lucentum,” which means City of Light
Alicante Airport Transfers & Weather
Aerobus offers a 24hr bus service from the airport to Alicante city centre. Route C6 departs every 20 minutes from the second level of the airport. It takes approx. 30 minutes and costs €4 per person.
A private transfer into the city centre will take approximately 23 minutes and will cost you about €72 for a return trip based on two people sharing.
* Prices and times for transport from the airport are subject to change