We know jetting off to Spain for a fortnight in the sun is a popular choice for millions of British holidaymakers every year, but there's nowhere quite like Alicante. Nestled in the middle of Costa Blanca, this port city is lapped by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and offers plenty of rich culture and activities. Pack this in with legendary nightlife, diverse cuisine plus miles and miles of pristine sands, you’ve got one of the world's most exciting regions – Alicante. Beaches Alicante’s main charm is its endless beaches peppered along the coastline, including the famous San Juan Playa. Sun and sand worshippers will find restaurants, beach bars and designated sports areas on these white sands. Other well-equipped beaches comprise the Blue Flag El Postiguet along the port. For a more relaxed atmosphere, head to the smaller La Almadraba beach or peaceful El Saladar-Urbanova beach, while the hidden gem coves of Cabo de la Huerta offer crowd-free seclusion and are great snorkelling spots. Culture Alicante is replete with ancient architecture, such as the medieval blue-domed church of Santa Maria with its Michelangelo-inspired lettering. Some of the finest museums in Spain reside in Alicante, including the Bullfighting Museum and Museum of Archaeology – so history buffs can content themselves on their Alicante holidays! Meanwhile, the most vibrant fiestas here are in the summer, from the rollicking frivolity of the Bonfires of St John on 24th June, to August's more reverent Misteri d'Elx, an open air play to celebrate the Assumption. Food & Drink Offering typical Mediterranean flavours with a hint of Moorish influence, fresh produce and seafood features prominently in Alicante’s cuisine. From delicious tapas and paella to churros and turróns, Alicante has cuisine and budget to cater for all holidaymakers. Head to one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants or gastro bars for some traditional and authentic food you won’t forget any time soon. Meanwhile, bargain dishes and local house wine aren’t hard to find throughout town. NightlifeOne of Spain's most tourist-friendly resorts by day, it's at night that really Alicante comes to life. Amble around the town and choose from the plethora of pubs, clubs and discos. All manner of entertainment can be found here – from Metro Dance and Z-Klub for clubbers to The Lighthouse for an English pub atmosphere. And don't forget that you aren't very far away from Benidorm, which – as most will recognise – is a party town that starts late and parties through the night! Important InformationFlight Time: 3hrTime Difference: +1hrCurrency: Euro Official Language: Spanish
Alicante holidays mean sun, sea and sangria – and these are plentiful all year round. Enjoying a mild Mediterranean climate, the heat reaches an apex in the early 30s (°C) in the summer, with the winter temperatures averaging 18°C. Whether you're on the white sand beaches or relaxing by the hotel pool, it's time to soak up that Spanish sunshine!
Things To Do on Alicante Holidays
Santa Bárbara Castle Don’t miss the view from the city's cliff-top Castillo de Santa Barbara, commanding jaw-dropping vistas of the coastline and the city. Perched on Mount Benacantil, it can easily accessed by foot, car or lift. The impressive medieval fortress offers ancient ruins in three enclosures from the 14th-18th century, so there’s plenty of history to soak up along with the panoramic views. Alicante Harbour Alicante's white sands are abutted by a beautiful harbour, and it's particularly pleasant to take a stroll here while watching the yachts and ships set off into the blue horizon. Some of the city’s best restaurants and bars line the shores, while views to Postiguet Beach can be enjoyed. An afternoon wander wouldn’t go amiss – or alternatively, an evening spent sipping a refreshing drink while watching the sun set over the harbour is one well spent! San Nicolás Co-Cathedral The medieval San Nicolás Co-Cathedral is located in Alicante’s old town Casco Antiguo – complete with cobbled streets, cocktail and tapas bars and boutique style shops. Its blue dome and marble steps contribute to its status as a beautiful piece of Baroque architecture, so it certainly deserves a visit in between beach stints. Explanada Market Alicante One of Alicante’s most popular attractions, the market at Explanada d'Espanya is the place to go for anything from almonds and fruit to hand-crafted jewellery and clothes. A mosaic marble floor stretches across the entire walkway and features an iconic wave design in red, white and black. Bustling both day and night, locals and tourists alike browse the diversity of stalls while traditional Spanish music floats along the palm tree-studded promenade.