Alicante is a great place for holidaymakers torn between the city buzz and the country quiet. Complete with sugar sand beaches, this culture heavy city has a distinctly Spanish tang that goes hand-in-hand with a relaxed seaside vibe. Alicante is perched between the mountains and the ocean on the East coast of Spain. This cosy port town boasts a breath-taking harbour as well as looming mountains nearby, with a stunning beachfront to top it all off.
If you’re looking for an idyllic stroll then strut down Explanada de España, a seafront promenade punctuated by palm trees, which winds lazily around the marina. There are so many beaches it can be tough to choose just one. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids then Playa de San Juan is probably your beach of choice while water babies should head over to Cala de la Palmera clad in their snorkelling gear. There are seven beaches to pick from, all boasting beautiful sands, and while Playa Postiguet is the best beach to relax on after an afternoon shop due to its central location, Playa La Albufereta is a good choice for a pretty backdrop while you sunbathe.
There is more to Alicante than just a pretty beach and this city is brimming with culture and happenings. Although Horueras de San Juan, St John's Bonfires Festival, is held in late June and celebrated in many cities, its heart is in Alicante. The city pulls out all the stops for this fiery occasion, the festival being one of the most important marks on the Alicante calendar. Other festivals worth a peek are the Moros y Cristianos Festival in April, a bustling fiesta to get your fill of the culture, and Santa Faz Pilgrimage, a religious festival that attracts flocks of people to the city. The sights worth stopping off for here include: Santa Faz Monastery, which houses a religious relic, Santa Barbara Castle, which watches over the city, the Santa Maria Church and its 14th century architecture as well as the impressive architecture at the Town Hall.
If it’s culture that you want to indulge in on your vacation then museums are two a penny here. For a glimpse into Alicante art through the centuries MUBAG Museum of Fine Arts is your one stop destination and has a great collection of visually engrossing pieces. MARQ Archaeological Museum, famed for its high tech audio-visual exhibits, has previously been named European Museum of the Year. If you want something more unusual then the Bullfighting Museum and Nativity Scene Museum should both find a place on your itinerary. For a taste of contemporary art then the University of Alicante Museum and its thought provoking contemporary art collection is your most likely your destination.
This city offers a plethora of shared experiences to go with its traditionally shared Spanish cuisine: tapas. Fish is also big here, due to the town’s location, making the food a draw for tourists as well as the scenery. For cheap digs and vibrant nightlife check out the old quarter, or El Barro as it is known here. If you want to get your pulse racing then water sports and golf are available in many places to kick start your vacation. The airport is relatively close and El Atlet is located only 20km or so away from the city. A popular tourist destination packed with spectacular beaches, you have no excuse to miss out on this Spanish gem.
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