Alicante Holidays & Travel Guide – Top Things to Do & See + Insider Advice

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

Alicante is a bustling seaside city in Costa Blanca, located on the southern coast of Spain. Alicante is a lively city famous for its cultural ights, castles, seafront promenade, museums, leisure, sports and nightlife activities, the port and the beaches. Holidaymakers may find numerous quality hotels, apartments and holiday accommodations in Alicante.

Things to Do & See in Alicante

Things to do and see in Alicante are endless. The beautiful seafront promenade of the Explanada de España of Alicante city merges the vessels bobbing at the quays into the daily life of the town locals.

At one end of the promenade lies the is El Postiguet beach that stamps the city with its permanent holiday atmosphere. The south-facing sea frontage of Alicante enjoys constant sunlight throughout the year.

The Old Quarter of Alicante is situated on the sides of Benacantil Hill and the Santa Bárbara Castle. A great day out at the Old Quarter and L’Alacantì district is a must. There is a lift taking visitors to the top of the 166 metre outcrop across the road from Postiguet Beach.

Travellers may see the vestiges of the old walled city at the foot of the castle hill. Passing through the Quarter, you may come across the area of narrow streets that by night becomes the local teenage scene and into the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the City Hall Square.

From the rear of the City Hall, you may visit and see the Cathedral Church of San Nicolás de Bari that is a showpiece of the Herrera and Baroque styles with its Baroque altar, 15th-century cloister, Communion chapel, grille-work and wooden doors.

And than comes the Plaza de Santa María where two interesting buildings merit a visit. The Gothic-style Church of Santa María that was built on the site of a Moorish mosque. And the Museo Casa de la Asegurada (Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art) that is an 17th-century building housing an important collection of contemporary art with works by Picasso, Gris and Miró.

On the far side of the Rambla de Méndez Núñez, Alicante extends beyond the town wall. On one of the wide avenues crossing this part of the city you may see the Provincial Authority Building with the Archaeological Museum in its basement.

Behind the Provincial Authority Building, you may see the hilltop silhouette of San Fernando Castle that was constructed to defend the city from the Napoleonic invasion.

The popular beaches in Alicante include; the La Granadella beach is a great beach that is twice voted as Spain’s best beach.

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Top Attractions & Sights in Alicante for you…

Seafront Promenade of the Explanada de España

El Postiguet beach

Santa Bárbara Castle

Church of Santa María

Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: Plaza Sta. María, 3, 03002 Alicante
Tel: +34 965 21 31 56

Provincial Authority Building & Archaeological Museum

Address: Placa Dr. Gómez Ulla, S/N, 03013 Alicante
Tel: +34 965 14 90 00

San Fernando Castle

La Granadella beach

Tabarca Island

Tabarca Island is a nature marine reserve that travellers may visit island via boats leaving Alicante harbour (Tel: 965 21 63 96); Santa Pola harbour (Tel: 965 41 11 13); Guardamar del Segura harbour (Tel: 966 70 21 22) or Alicante harbour (Tel: 966 70 21 22)

Water Sports

Outdoor Sports

How to Get to Alicante?

Travelling to Alicante is easy. Alicante-Elche Airport is connected to main Spain cities and many European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Germany, Norway and Holland. There is a network of buses to for resorts and province transportation.