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 and its surroundings, in the middle of Costa Blanca lapped by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean. Perfectly situated between the frenzied heat of the Costa del Sol and the cooler Costa Dorada to the north, the 'White Coast' is just that - miles and miles of pristine sands in one of the world's most beautiful regions - Alicante.
Explore the old town or Casco Antiguo of Alicante itself with narrow, cobbled streets, tapas bars and boutique style shops under the looming Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Alicante has it's own airport too ‘Alicante-Elche’, so you're a only two-hour flight away from the Costa Blanca holidays of your dreams!
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Alicante holidays mean sun, sea and sangria - and these are plentiful all year round. The temperature reaches an apex in the early 30s° Celsius in the summer, but even in December it averages around 12° Celsius. Whether you're on the white beaches or lazing by the hotel pool, it's time to get tanned!
Alicante's white sands are abutted by a beautiful harbour, and it's particularly pleasant to take an afternoon stroll here watching the yachts and ships set off into the blue horizon. At sunset, if you've got itchy feet, do not miss the view from the city's cliff-top castle, Castillo de Santa Barbara, commanding jaw-dropping vistas of the coastline and the city by the dark red sky.
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Alicante is replete with ancient architecture, such as the medieval blue-domed church of Santa Maria with it's Michelangelo-inspired lettering. Ride the streetcars around the wide, palm-strewn streets to your destination, be it the nearby safari parks packed with exotic wildlife, or out of the city (and recorded history) to the prehistoric caves and Iberian ruins around the borders. There are plenty of museums, some of the finest in Spain in fact - so history buffs can content themselves on their Alicante holidays!
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. Whenever you come on your Alicante holidays, there's a very good chance that something will be commemorated! Alicante's daily market at Explanada d'Espanya is the place to go for anything from almonds and fruit to hand-crafted jewellery and clothes - so don't miss it!
One of Spain's most friendly tourist resorts by day, it's at night that really Alicante comes to life! After dining out on either pie and chips or paella and tapas, amble along the town for more pubs, clubs and discos than you've ever seen! All manner of entertainment can be found here - from Metro Dance and Z-Klub for clubbers to The Lighthouse for an English pub atmosphere. You can't possibly go on holidays to Alicante and not sample a cocktail - so be sure to visit the trendy new bars that dot the city centre.
Don't forget that you aren't very far away from Benidorm, which as most people will recognise is an amazing party town that starts late and parties through the night!
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