With Alicante being a predominantly Spanish working city, it can be difficult for foreign visitors to find information on all the city has to offer; therefore the dedicated team at Alicante Insider have worked hard to bring our readers a user friendly website in English that covers as many useful topics as possible so visitors have all the information they need at the click of a button. During our research we have found there seems to be a trend to mention the popular aspects of Alicante without actually supplying much useful information, which has made the team at Alicante Insider even more determined to offer our readers comprehensive articles on all the subjects we know will be useful to visitors during their stay in this vibrant port city 🙂
The journey to Alicante for most starts at the airport, and the city is home to the 6th busiest airport in the country. Alicante-Elche Airport services the majority of the Costa Blanca and receives flights from most of Europe's cities and budget airlines. Services and facilities are what you would expect from a busy international airport with a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, comfortable seating areas, passenger information desk, left luggage facilities, various car hire companies, taxis, buses and ample short and long term parking.
Whatever means of transport you choose to use during your stay, Alicante boasts a good road network with both motorways and national roads easily accessed from the city. Car hire is available from the airport, various hire firms based in the city and can also be arranged from many of the city's hotels. Taxis are modern and efficient and there is a regular local bus service as well as national and international coaches to many of Spain's cities and beyond its borders.
It's always worth browsing Alicante Insider when planning a holiday or business trip, where you will find a comprehensive listing of hotels to suit all budgets as well as information on the hotel's guest rooms, services and leisure facilities. We have also included maps, addresses, proximity to beaches and attractions as well as a safe and secure booking facility. For those looking for a bit of adventure during their travels and want to save money on accommodation, we have included interesting articles on ‘Couchsurfing‘ and ‘Workaway‘.
Activities & Attractions
Whether on the water, under the water or on land, Alicante boasts a superb choice of activities to suit all age groups. Water activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing are perfect for those scorching summer days and younger visitors and thrill seekers can enjoy go-karting, paintball and laser combat. Family fun includes horse riding, ice skating and 10 pin bowling. The city's attractions include the imposing Santa Barbara Castle, pretty palm lined Explanada de España, city parks, vast natural parks, markets, monuments and museums.
Beaches & Golf Courses
The major lure of a seaside holiday is spending lazy days on the beach, swimming, snorkelling and watching the young ones burn up their endless energy with a range of beach sports and games. Postiguet Beach is within an easy walk from the city centre and old town and boasts golden sands and good facilities. Further north are a series of coves and bays perfect to try a bit of snorkelling, and the long, wide sands of San Juan Beach. Behind San Juan Beach is the 18 hole course of Alicante Golf, and within 20 minutes drive visitors can enjoy a further 2 courses.
With Alicante being smack bang in the middle of the Costa Blanca, there are some fantastic attractions and places to visit on a day out from the city, and the team at Alicante Insider have included the top spots both north and south of Alicante. The party capital of Benidorm boasts superb attractions both in the city and in the surrounding countryside and mountains where visitors will find wonderful beaches, water and theme parks, and activities galore. Inland there are caves, waterfalls, safari parks and the picturesque wine routes of Yecla and Jumilla, and to the south of Alicante are the spectacular palm groves of Elche, a further safari park and the lively coastal town of Santa Pola where visitors can take a boat trip to Tabarca Island.
By far the busiest and most diverse category in Alicante Insider is entertainment and we have certainly enjoyed researching the wide variety of articles. Wining & dining for many is a highlight of any holiday, and when it comes to bars and restaurants, Alicante delivers in spades with hundreds of charming little tapas bars, British and Irish bars offering a taste of home, the latest sports and popular fun bar games, as well as beach bars, music bars and nightclubs. Restaurants range from cheap and cheerful Spanish eateries with their menu of the day, Indian restaurant early bird menus and Chinese buffets, to Michelin Star fine dining.
Alicante's larger shopping complexes not only offer a superb variety of shops and boutiques, they also offer great family entertainment such as bars, restaurants, children's play areas and kids clubs, cinema complexes, 10 pin bowling and a variety of summer season live music and shows. Further live shows, stand up comedy, theatrical performances, opera, musical bands and solo artists can be enjoyed in the city's theatres, and for an evening of fun and laughs there are karaoke and cabaret venues. Big spenders and those that just fancy a flutter can head to Casino Mediterráneo, and a raunchy night out can be had in Alicante's adult clubs.