Alicante is the capital and biggest city of the province of Alicante. The city is home to a variety of historical attractions, with the majority situated within the old town, delimited by the coast and the Explanada de España to the South, the Ramblas to the west and the castle to the East. The narrow streets of the old city are where the town hall, cathedral and old Covent are located.
Perhaps the most important sight of Alicante is the Castle of Santa Barbara situated on the top of the Mount Benacantil, built in the ninth century by Muslims rulers and considered one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain. The city host another castle on the northern part of the city centre called San Fernando. Alicante is also home to several art museums including the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts home to excellent Spanish artworks.
Alicante is part of the beautiful Costa Blanca, over 200 kilometres of coastline offering white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and a background of mountainous region parallel to the coast. The city remains an ideal place for a memorable holiday, full of exciting city attractions as well as plenty of great beach activities.
Top 10 Alicante attractions
Alicante once known as Lucentum or City of Light is a lovely coastal city packed with splendid beaches and parks, as well as plenty of historic sties such as castles, churches and old plazas. The top 10 Alicante attractions worth visiting when visiting Costa Blanca include:
- Castle of Santa Barbara
- Gravina Palace
- Iglesia de Santa Maria
- Castillo de San Fernando
- Playa de San Juan
- Alicante Theatre
- Alicante Marina
- Canalejas Park
- island of Tabarca
Castillo de Santa Bárbara
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara is perhaps the best known landmark of Alicante as well as one of the largest Spanish mediaeval fortresses. Located in the heart of the city , it sits proudly on the summit of Mount Benacantil, overlooking the old town and the marina, and offering spectacular views. Although some believe that the fort existed for a much longer time, most of the current construction dates back to the 16th century.
The Gravina Palace located in the heart of the old town was built between 1748 and 1808. Today the Palace is home to the 3 floors Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases a variety of Spanish artworks. The museum also has a very interesting video about Alicante’s history.
Alicante’s other key museums include the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, hosting more than 80,000 historical pieces as well as the Asegurada Museum of Modern Art where the work of some of the world’s greatest artists including Picasso and Miró are displayed.
Iglesia de Santa Maria
The Iglesia de Santa Maria or St Mary’s Church is another key site in Alicante. It was built between the 14th and 16th centuries over the remains of an old Moorish mosque. The cathedral was designed in a Gothic style, with some of its key features include the richly decorated Baroque portal, the Rococo style altar as well as a variety of objects of art some dating back to the 15th century
Castillo de San Fernando
The Castillo de San Fernando is the second splendid castle of Alicante, after Castillo de Santa Bárbara, located north of the city centre. It was built on the Tossal hill during the 19th century and offers plenty of historical objects to be discovered.
The Ayuntamiento is Alicante’s Town Hall located in the heart of town, just behind La Explanada Park. It is set in a baroque style building and some of its key features include the lovely 35m long twin towers as well as a remarkable chapel and plenary room. The Town Hall also home to a statue of Dali as well as an interesting instrument that once served to measure the height above sea level.
Co-Cathedral of San Nicolas
The Co-Cathedral of San Nicolas is a beautiful church with a lovely blue dome, mixing renaissance and baroque style. It is located in the heart of the old town not far from the Ayuntamiento and surrounded by a lovely garden. It was built between the 15th and 18th centuries over the remains of a Moorish mosque and is today considered the main church of Alicante, home to the bishop’s seat.
The Alicante Theatre is one of the city’s greatest monuments showcasing a neoclassical style. It was built in 1847 following Italian architecture of the period, with a six-columned porch on the outside and a with very richly decorated interior. It is today one of the city’s artistic centre serving for various theatre activities as well as opera and ballet.
The Alicante Marina is perhaps one of the best known marine centre in Costa Blanca. It is the perfect place to admire a variety of luxury yachts and pirate boats, but it is also a great entertainment and shopping centre. Indeed the Marina of Alicante is packed with a variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars, that will contribute for an exciting experience day or night.
The Canalejas Park is Alicante’s oldest green space. It was developed by architect Gonzolez Altus in 1886 and offers a variety of fountains and magnificent sculptures such as the stone carved map of Spain.
Playa de San Juan
La Playa de San Juan or San Juan Beach is often considered the best beach of Alicante. It was awarded the Blue Flag beach status, making it the ideal place for swimming, sunbathing and trying some new water sports. The playa is also equipped with all the facilities one would need including a variety of shops as well as great cafes, bars and restaurants.
Island of Tabarca
The Island of Tabarca is located off the coast of Alicante and is considered the largest natural island within the region of Valencia. The island is known to be a refuge for the pirates, who planned their invasion on the coastal villages of Costa Blanca. Today the town if Tabarca is considered a national historic heritage with beautiful Baroque churches and other splendid monuments such as the Governors House converted into a luxury hotel. The island is also an excellent place for divers, as its water are part of a protected marine reserve.
Flights to Alicante
The best way to get to Alicante and Costa Blanca is through the city’s own airport, the Alicante international airport. It is located some 9 km south-west of the city centre.
A perfect way to discover the city of Alicante and the Costa Blanca is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city.
Top Alicante hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Alicante as voted by the users. To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Alicante smarter Hotel Booking. You may also check the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca.
Plaza del Puerto 3, Alicante, Alicante, Spain – 4 Stars
Included in all rooms are in room safe, desk, satellite/cable TV, air conditioning. Featuring meeting facilities, 24hr room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, this Alicante hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include massage, sauna, outdoor pool. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Melia Alicante.
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Sercotel Spa Porta Maris Hotel
Plaza Puerta Del Mar 3-5, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain – 4 Stars
Guests will find daily newspaper, desk, non smoking rooms, air conditioning waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in Alicante – Costa Blanca also has elevator, meeting facilities, shops, 24hr room service. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, golf course (on site), water sports (non-motorized), gym. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers.
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Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza Hotel
Plaza del Ayuntamiento 6, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3002 – 4 Stars
Ideally located in the beautiful and lively city of Alicante, Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza Hotel offers a quiet sanctuary right in the town centre. This upscale property puts you in the vicinity of many interesting sites, so exploring the area is an easy matter. A short distance away is the Postiguet Beach with the grandeur backdrop of Castle of Santa Bárbara where you will find an amazing scenic spot and those who are in the mood for a beach nightlife will certainly find something to suit their liking. End your eventful day with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean from the roof-top and recline in the comfort of the guestrooms before a good night sleep.
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Eurostars Lucentum Hotel
Avenida Alfonso X el Sabio, 11, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3002 – 4 Stars
The modern building of the Hesperia Lucentum is perfectly situated in the centre of the newly built downtown Alicante. Visitors can equally enjoy indoor activities including spa, sauna, Turkish bath, steam bath and Jacuzzi. The hotel also has its own golf course where guests can enjoy a full 18 hole round or practice on the driving range. With 169 well equipped and soundproofed rooms, guests are provided with comfort, safety and convenience to complete their memorable experience. The hotel also provides complimentary daily newspapers, luggage storage, and wheelchair accessible rooms.
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Alicante Hills Hotel
Glorieta Reino Unido, 6, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3008 – 4 Stars
With its location a mere minute walk to the European Union office, Alicante Hills Hotel offers an ideal accommodation for business travellers with its prime spot. The brand new hotel features a contemporary design with attractive exterior that matches its state-of-the-art facilities. Its quiet setting away from the city centre provides guests with the luxury of peace, while the complete list of in-room amenities makes it perfect for either short or long term stay. Those travelling with family will appreciate the children’s activity area, not to mention children swimming pool and its strategic location close to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) will be advantage to those with business needs. Whether you’re in for a business trip or a casual Mediterranean vacation, Alicante Hills Hotel is an easy choice.
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Apartments Be Live Plantio Golf
Antigua Carretera Alicante – Elche (CV-86) Km.3, Elche, Elche, Spain 03114 – 5 Stars
Included in all rooms are bathtub, air conditioning, daily newspaper, hair dryer. Elevator, disabled facilities, safety deposit boxes are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Elche hotel. Water sports (motorized), garden, water sports (non-motorized) are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel
Rambla Mendez Nuñez 3, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 03002 – 4 Stars
In the very heart of this popular Spanish resort town, lies this TRYP property overlooking the sea. Located next to the Explanada seafront promenade and the Paseo Marítimo port area, you are just 200 meters from the Postiguet Beach, and 800 meters from the train station. For the golf enthusiasts, there is the option of more than 10 courses within 15 kilometers. The hotel includes a restaurant on site, but within walking distance guests will come across numerous dining and wining venues to suit all budgets. From water sports to cultural sights, Alicante offers a little something for everyone. The TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel provides guests with a convenient location from which to explore all that this coastal city has to offer.
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Express By Holiday Inn Hotel
Avda Elche 112, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain – 3 Stars
This economy class hotel, situated on Avenida de Elche, is located near the IFA Exhibition Center. Guests will have easy access to shopping venues, restaurants, and public transportation links, allowing for unfettered exploration of the area. Multitudes of recreational activities are situated nearby, including swimming, sunbathing, and nature hikes. The 120 bright and modern guestrooms are equipped with a variety of amenities designed to promote a tranquil and relaxing stay in addition to panoramic vistas of the sea. Guests are invited to enjoy a cool drink at the bar, or enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning. The Express By Holiday Inn Hotel is ideally suited for guests that want affordable and well places accommodation.
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Husa Alicante Golf Hotel
Avenida de las Naciones, s/n, Alicante, Alicante, Spain 3540 – 4 Stars
There are hair dryer, desk, mini bar, non smoking rooms in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including meeting facilities, laundry service/dry cleaning, business centre, 24hr room service. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include sauna, gym, outdoor pool. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Hotel La Serena
10 Alba Street, Alicante, Alicante, Spain 03590 – 3 Stars
There are non smoking rooms, bathrobes, desk, DVD/CD player in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find safety deposit boxes, elevator, business centre, restaurant on-site. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including golf course (on site), outdoor pool. This charming property has long been a favourite in Alicante for both business and leisure travellers.
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