Alicante is a port city and the capital of the Costa Blanca, located in the south east, in Alicante Province. As one of the most popular resorts in Spain, it's famous for its nearby beaches, fiestas and cosmopolitan atmosphere; a perfect summer holiday destination for families, singles and couples alike, with plenty to see and do. The city lies at the foot of Santa Barbara Castle, an icon of Alicante, perched on Benacantil mountain next to the harbour. The region is steeped in Phoenician, Greek and Arab history, with traditional Spanish squares dotted all around the region. The old walled town is where you'll find most of the restaurants and nightlife, with atmospheric tapas bars and restaurants offering local and international dishes. Beachgoers are spoiled for choice when it comes to the Costa Blanca, but the main beach Postiguet is where most come to unwind and enjoy the calm waters, water sports and castle views.
For culture vultures, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Plaza de Santa Maria is a must-see, housing 20th century works of famous Spanish artists such as Picasso, Miro and Dali. The Grava Museum of Fine Arts in Calla Niagra is also not to be missed, exhibiting sculptures and paintings from local Valencian artists. The palm-lined marina is bustling whatever the time of day, so whether you want an evening stroll along the seafront or dinner with a view, it's the perfect place for watching the world go by as the yachts and fishing boasts gently bob up and down.
Alicante city has it all; beaches, a bustling nightlife, atmospheric restaurants, plenty of facilities for families and of course, great weather. Located on Spain's Mediterranean coast, it has a modern marina, lively seafront promenade and an abundance of shops and museums. The old town is dotted with picturesque plazas and for kids, Benidorm's Terramittica theme park is just a 30 minute drive away. Head to El Barrio for some great bars, lively music venues and old village charm. For a day out by the coast, El Positguet, Playa de la Almadraba and San Juan are all excellent golden sand beaches with modern facilities and an abundance of water sports. History buff or not, medieval Santa Barbara Castle standing 166m above sea level is a must-see for its spectacular views over Alicante and the Mediterranean. In the evenings take a stroll down Explanada de Espana promenade just along the modern marina where there is a fine selection of bars and restaurants, together with a lively metropolitan atmosphere.
Alicante is also the perfect base to explore the rest of the Costa Blanca, with the fine beaches of Santa Pola just over a 20 minute drive away along the coast and the coves of Tabarca Island offering the perfect snorkeling spot.
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