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Alicante is the capital of the province of the same name and a very important port city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. It is actually the second-largest urban district within Valencia and the eighth-most populous region in all of Spain. Due to its tranquil shores and a decidedly amazing climate, Alicante has also proven itself to be extremely popular amongst tourists from all over the world. So, what can you expect upon arrival and what are some of the most notable attractions not to be misses.
The main airport which serves Alicante is the aptly named Alicante-Elche Airport. However, some may choose to utilise Malaga International Airport. While Alicante Airport caters to Iberia and Vueling flights, some other international carriers are likewise serviced. These include:
We should note that Alicante airport is actually busier than Malaga International and yet, it is much more convenient in terms of travel and arriving at the city centre with few delays.
There are literally more beaches than can possibly be mentioned within this relatively short article. However, some of the most popular amongst tourists include Platja de Postiguet, San Juan Playa, Playa de la Albufereta and Playa de Almadraba. Note that these can become quite crowded and while many restaurants are found nearby, those looking for a bit of privacy should travel to more northern location such as Fabraquer.
Stemming from Roman, Spanish and Moorish roots, Alicante is a city quite rich in history and culture. Some great places worth a closer look include the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Santa Barbara Castle, the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and the Basilica of Santa Maria.
Still, more family-friendly activities are also possibilities. The island of Tabarca offers opportunities to fish, snorkel, jet ski and even take a ride on a glass-bottomed boat. Fans of football should definitely check out Estadio Jose Rico Perez (Jose Rico Perez Stadium). The nearby Canelobre Caves offer hours of fun (and guided) exploration while Mount Benacantil provides excellent panoramic views of the city as well as the entire region. On a clear day, it is possible to see the northern coastline of Africa. Arriving here during the summer will enable you to enjoy the massive celebration of San Joan (Saint John). This festival occurs on 23 June each year. Bonfires, live music, fireworks and open-air food stalls are some of the attractions to be experienced.
The summers here can be notoriously hot and this is the very same season which sees the largest influx of tourists. While this can be a great time to visit, some instead choose to arrive in the early autumn or the early to late spring. Also, we should not fail to mention that ticket prices as well as the cost of hotel accommodation can be much cheaper. Regardless of when you choose to arrive, you will create memories to last a lifetime.