Did you know that Alicante has over 2,800 hours of sunshine every year, with temperatures on average being 19.3 degrees? With the number of rainy days limited to only 20 days a year, Alicante is the perfect Mediterranean destination to visit all year round. Whether it’s Alicante’s mountainous landscape to the north and west coast, Segura River flowing eastwards or the city’s fairly flat region in the south that attracts visitor’s year after year, the city is a flourishing tourist spot.
Alicante is not only a city, it’s a main cruise port to Costa Blanca and is bustling with a fascinating Moorish past. Visit one of the Europe’s largest medieval fortresses, the Moorish Castle of Santa Barbara, set high on Benacantil Hill, and be sure to gaze down at the stunning coastline and scenery that is to offer from up here. Elsewhere, explore the baroque-style Monastery of Santa Faz, with its pyramid-shaped dome, not forgetting to a take wander inside to find a relic of the cloth used by Christ. There’s also the chance to head for the Moorish Quarter and see such attractions as the Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas.
If you’re a lover of art, then a must-see visit should be taken to the Museo de Arte Siglo. This iconic museum houses works by famous artists including Dali and Miro, but perhaps the most popular of all has to be the works of Pablo Picasso. The Museo de Arte Siglo is also an archaeological museum and the exhibits here are truly magnificent.
Looking for a beach? A popular beach, frequently referred to as one of the best beaches in Spain, head to San Juan Beach for a refreshing glass of Sangria and a leisurely hour or two on the beach. From Alicante you can also access the holiday resort of Benidorm and its golden sandy beaches that have been awarded the European Blue Flag.
For the hub of the city head for the vibrant centre that is Ayuntamiento. This enthralling location is an enchanting plaza bustling with a fantastic choice of restaurants, tapas bars, shopping opportunities and much more. This is where most of the activity takes place in the city and often the place where the majority of passenger’s head. If you are looking to dine in port however, there are also some outstanding cafes and restaurants along the seafront that provide a fabulous view.
Sample ‘Horchata’, a sweetened milk of crushed tiger nuts, an Alicante speciality that was first introduced to the city by the Moors and remains a firm favourite. Another must in Alicante is to head to the delightful town of Novelda, where you can sample wine from the local wineries.
From the quaint charm of the old town to the chance to take in the local culture Alicante is an important tourist destination on the Spanish east coast. Founded by the Romans and entitled the “City of Light”, Alicante is a peaceful place to meander the charismatic walkways and enjoy serene Spanish pleasures.