Alicante – UK Gateway to Spain's Costa Blanca


Costa Blanca in Spain has long been a popular holiday destination in the UK. Most tourists arrive at Alicante Airport before leaving for the resorts of Benidorm, Calpe, Moraira, Jave and Denia.

Alicante is known as the capital of Costa Blanca and is located directly in the Mediterranean, although most visitors to this Costa will know Alicante best because of its airport, but this beloved city is well worth a visit. Take a look at the sea view from Santa Barbara Castle, located on Benacantil Hill, which can be reached by a lift set in a rocky face across from the Playa Postiguet.

Aside from the view, it is also worth exploring the unusual rock reminiscent of the face of the Moors as well as the Museo de les Fogueres (Fire Museum) where incredible figures were created for the June Fogueres festivals. shown. Also housed here is the CAPA Collection, which contains examples of modern Spanish sculpture, including works by Dali.

Santa Faza Monastery is also worth a look, if only because of the legend attached to its site – the pilgrim brought a relic of the cloth that was used to wipe the blood off Jesus' face during the crucifixion in Alicante in the 16th century. a miracle … Visit the monastery to find out the whole story.

Museum lovers looking for something a little different from the usual pottery pieces and so on will enjoy the change at the Birthplace Museum, located in the Old Quarter of Alicante. As well as an interesting Christmas bric-a-brac collection, the museum displays cute scenes from all over the world. The Bull Museum also offers something a little different from the norm – a permanent exhibit focusing on a variety of local fighters, with rooms handed over to presentations and discussions on this controversial topic.

For a more conventional museum experience, try the Gravin Museum of Fine Arts, with its collection of specimens dating from the 20th century to the Middle Ages. Alternatively, the La Aseguard Museum contains a fine collection of contemporary pieces, from masters including Miro, Dali and Gargallo, as well as some non-Hispanic artists.

Alicante's beaches are as good as anything you will find along the coast, especially San Juan Beach, which with its endless 7 kilometers of fine sand and a wide range of amenities, plus nearby 18-hole golf course.

The city center is full of shops and restaurants, with the exception of many shopping malls on the outskirts, such as Gran Via, Vista Hermos and Panoramis. Eating in Alicante is definitely enjoyable with the lavish selection of bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants available in El Barrio and El Puerto. The two locations offer a very different atmosphere, the charm of the old town of El Barrio which contrasts beautifully with the elegant modern El El Puerto marina.

El Puerto (meaning "Port") offers regular service to Barcelona, ​​the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, France and North Africa. Regular ferry and boat services, rail and highways with Barcelona, ​​Murcia, Denia and Madrid and the international airport make Alicante the gateway to Spain's Costa Blanca.