Top attractions and things to do in Alicante, Spain. Alicante is one of the nicest holiday cities in Spain. The city is known for its gorgeous Mediterranean coast, and particularly note the beautiful mountains with the warm and sandy beaches around it. Alicante offers almost everything you can imagine and it is easy to get around. In this post we show you the best attractions and things to do in Alicante city.
Alicante is worth a stop, even though many tourists races through the town on their way to their holiday destinations elsewhere along the Costa Blanca coast. Alicante city is capital of the province with the same name and located in southern region of Valencia. Alicante is one of the cities that are fastest growing in Spain. The economy is based on tourism, wine production and export of fruit and olive oil. Alicante is great for the Mediterranean and has a bit of everything to offer. In the north we have San Juan, the city’s own “beach resort”, here we find a long beautiful beach, tourist apartments, golf course, restaurants and bars.
11 best attractions in Alicante
We will now show you the best attractions in Alicante for the whole family. A bit of everything for all ages and interests. Have a good trip!
#1 The Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante
On top of the Benacantil mountain you will find a giant fort. Wherever you are in Alicante, you will see the Santa Barbara Casle 166 meters above the cityscape. The fort has been a prime target for conquest throughout history. Despite constant attacks and destruction, the fort managed through the toughest battles. To the delight of all tourists and history seakers in our time. The easiest way to get to the fort is to either take the train to Alicante and get off in the harbor, or park your car in the large underground parking garage in the harbor. From the harbor there are two minutes to walk to the elevator that brings you up to the fort.
Contact information Castillo de Santa Bárbara Santa
Hours: Daily at. From 09.00 to 19.00 during the winter months (October to March), 10:00 – 20:00 during the summer.
Address: Av. de Juan Bautista Lafora 6, 03002 Alicante.
Phone: +34 966 377 034.
#2 Castillo de San Fernando in Alicante
Castillo de San Fernando has been overshadowed by the sister Castillo de Santa Bárbara Santa. Fernando is considerably more dilapidated and overgrown, but you have almost as nice view from here, and you get the area almost to yourself because there is not many tourists that know about this castle. This is a peaceful and deserted place right in Alicante city, with lion statues that look down at the harbor. Castillo de San Fernando is on a cliff a few hundred meters north of the Plaza de Luceros, and you can easily go up there on your own. Recommended!
Contact information Castillo de San Fernando
Address: Camino del Castillo de San Fernando & Calle Ronda del Castillo, 03005 Alacant, Alicante, Spain
#3 MUBAG – Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina
Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina is located in Alicante city north of Plaza Puerto del Mar. It is an art museum housed in the well-preserved 1700 building Gravina Palace, which was once the private residence of the Count of Lumiares. Just north of Plaza Puerto del Mar you will find this classic art museum, located in an old mansion from the 1700s. Here are exhibited over 500 works of art from the Middle Ages up to the 1920s, several of Spain’s most renowned artists.
Contact information Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. From 10.00 to 20.00. Sunday. 10.00 to 14.00. Monday closed.
Address: Calle de Gravina 13, 03002 Alicante, Spain.
Phone: +34 965 146 780.
#4 MARQ – Museo Arqueológico Provincial
Museo Arqueológico Provincial is an impressive archaeological museum, which is about 500 m north of the center of Alicante. There are a total of 80,000 small and large objects, which collectively represent the area’s history from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. This vast and modern peep out over 81,000 artifacts from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. Well worth a visit.
Contact information Museo Arqueológico Provincial
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday. From 10.00 to 19.00. Sunday. 10.00 to 14.00. Monday closed.
Admission: NOK 25, children half price.
Address: Plaza del Doctor Gómez Ulla S / N, 03013 Alicante.
Phone: +34 965 149 000.
#5 Catedral San Nicolás de Bari in Alicante
Alicante’s main church building is Catedral San Nicolás de Bari, which was built between 1616 and 1662. It is located in the old town of El Barrio, in a place where it previously was an Arab mosque. The ground plane is shaped like a Latin cross, and six small side chapels associated with the cathedral’s main ships. Over this concave it turns a beautiful blue dome.
Contact information Catedral San Nicolás de Bari
Hours: Weekdays at. 07.30 to 13.00 and noon. From 17.30 to 20.00.
Saturdays and Sundays. From 08.30 to 13.00 and noon. From 17.30 to 20.30.
Address: Plaza de Abad Penalva 2, 03002 Alicante.
Phone: +34 965 212 662.
#6 The Promenade Explanada de España in Alicante
In the center of Alicante, one can not fail to find the city’s lovely promenade “Explanada d’Espanya.” Here you walking on a pattern of 6.6 million black, red and cream colored tiles. On a walk along the promenade you will find restaurants, playgrounds, musicians and countless stalls with handicraft art and souvenirs, and if you want, you can dip your toes in the Mediterranean sea. On the south side you find the Puerto Viejo with hundreds of boats of all sizes, and on the north side outdoor restaurants and bars. It’s pretty much always a festivity at Explanada España.
Contact information Explanada de España
Address: Passeig Esplanada d’Espanya Alacant, Alicante, Spain
#7 Beach Life – Postiguet Beach in Alicante
Costa Blanca is known for its many beautiful beaches. Several of them are situated near Alicante. Closest we find the popular Postiguet, which practically is very close to the city center – just east of the marina. Along the beach you can walk on an idyllic, palm adorned promenade. The seawater at Postiguet has great quality and got the Blue Flag. On the beach you will find sunbeds available and seaside resort is also suitable for water sports. The many blue and white umbrellas are the beach’s trademark.
Contact information Postiguet
Address: Platja del Postiguet, Alicante, Spain
#8 Eat a delicious Paella in Alicante
Alicante and Valencia provinces are known for its excellent rice dishes called paella. This is a traditional dish containing rice, some vegetables, shellfish, shells, squid, chicken or other meats depending on the type of paella you order. It’s a paella being made with squid and ink of the squid. This may look a bit nasty and strange, but is stunningly good. Many people eat Paella with little ali oli (mayo with garlic). There are many restaurants in the center of Alicante which has Paella as a specialty. Read more about restaurants in Alicante
#9 Nightlife in Alicante
In Alicante you will find various areas and places where you can experience a fun and social evening on the town. Some of the places we recommend are in the street La Avenida de Ramón y Cajal, El Barrio and the harbor. Nightlife in Alicante have slightly different hours and drinking habits than in rest of Europe. The bars are often open to clock 04:00-05:00 and discos can be open late into the morning hours. Prices for a drink may vary from 5 to 10 Euro. Read more about nightlife in Alicante
#10 Visit El Barrio in Alicante
If you want to visit the best place in Alicante in the evenings, the old town El Barrio is the perfect place. Here there are a number of good bars. Built under the protection of Santa Bárbara, streets of Alicante’s historic El Barrio you will find around Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and San Nicolas Cathedral. El Barrio has a reputation as “the bad part of town.” Large government initiatives was made to get district as it once was. They refurbished the colorful houses and give the pleasant plazas back to their former glory. Alicante’s oldest neighborhood has been restored and is now a place to visit. Many people also like to shop in Alicante at night. Since Alicante is both a tourist and university town, there are many shops that hold up at night. There are also cinemas and discos you can have fun in. Along the coast there are numerous restaurants with gorgeous views and exceptional food and dining. You’ll find something that suit all budgets. It is also popular to stop by one of the many ice cream shops.
#11 Alicante’s Museum of Modern Art
At Alicante’s Museum of Modern Art, MACA (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante), you can see art from the 20th century of great artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Miro, Dali, Max Ernst and Francis Bacon. The museum building itself is worth a visit, it is listed in the 17th century in baroque style and is a brilliant example of Alicante Baroque City Architecture. The building has also previously served as a granary, prison and school.
Contact information Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante
Address: Plaza Sta. María, 3, 03002 Alicante, Spain
Phone: +34 965 21:31 56
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