General Information about Alicante
Alicante, capital of the Costa Blanca, is located on the east coast of Spain. The city offers tourist-related products involved with cultural, shopping, golf, nautical, gastronomic and leisure sectors, as well as business and incentives. The airport is 8 miles from of the city and connects to most major European destinations.
The Puerto de Alicante is the harbor where cruise ships dock, home to seafood restaurants and nightclubs. Near the port, the marble-paved Explanada de España is a pedestrian walkway popular for paseos, or evening strolls. City beaches include central Playa del Postiguet (near the old town) and Playa de San Juan, which has restaurants, bars and sports facilities. The Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante has collections of prehistoric and Roman artifacts. Housed in the 17th-century Casa de La Asegurada, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo displays works by Dalí and Picasso.
- Alicante has a varied and rich cultural and leisure offer that includes different possibilities such as the Archaeological Museum MARQ, declared The Best European Museum in 2004, Santa Bárbara Castle, the MUBAG Fine Arts Museum, the Nativity Scene Museum, the Hogueras Museum, the Bullfighting Museum
- For those who prefer to enjoy the city breathing fresh air, Alicante has many parks and promenades such as the Ereta Park, located on the side of Mount Benacantil, or the famous Explanada de España, the Marina and the promenades surrounding our beaches.
Castle of Santa Barbara. Crowning Benacantil mountain, the vast, monumental rock looming over Alicante, is a fortress with medieval Arab origins. The most recent renovations took place during Spain’s Golden Age in the 1500s, but if you look closely you’ll find little fragments from Moorish times.
Explanada de España Alicante’s refined, marble-laid promenade is useful for way-finding, as it starts in the old-town and continues along the city’s seafront next to the marina.
Archaeological Museum.Alicante’s MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum is just the place if you’re wondering about Alicante’s origins.
Casco Antiguo.You won’t mind getting lost in the old part of Alicante, a bit like a village at the centre of town. This neighbourhood is sprawled on the hill side beneath the castle, and to get around you’ll need to negotiate steep streets and stairways between high whitewashed walls.
Basilica of Santa María.The oldest and prettiest church in the city is close to the foot of the mountain, and a few streets from Postiguet Beach.