Boasting great beaches, cultural sights and an attractive old town, the bustling coastal city of Alicante is a great all-rounder destination. Spend your days soaking up the sun on one of the city beaches or wandering the narrow streets of El Barrio, enjoy a dish of paella at a local restaurant and dance through the night at one of the city’s most popular nightclubs.
Its coastal location means Alicante can give visitors the best of both worlds; a busy city right next to golden sandy beaches! The most popular are San Juan, bustling with tourists in summer and offering eateries, watersports and a golf course, and Postiguet, a scenic spot found at the foot of Mount Benacantil and surrounded by palm trees. Almadraba or Playa del Coco are quieter spots for those wanting to avoid the crowds.
Alicante’s most popular landmark is Castillo de Santa Barbara, a fortified castle located at the top of Mount Benacantil with fantastic views of the city. This can either be reached by elevator or via a pleasant walk through nearby Ereta Park. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the region at Alicante’s museums or art galleries, or admire beautiful architecture at the ornate Santa Maria Church.
Alicante has an exciting nightlife with options to suit all visitors; weekends are particularly lively when holidaymakers are joined by locals. There are many authentic Spanish bars to enjoy a quiet drink, but most tourists come for the clubs that stay open until the early hours. El Barrio and El Puerto are popular club districts, and during summer visitors are drawn to parties hosted by the beachside bars at Postiguet and San Juan.