A popular and easy to reach destination for a villa holiday, Alicante retains that authentic Spanish charm with its hilltop castle, pristine bays, local shops and colourful Mediterranean-style houses. Originally called 'Lucentum', (or City of Light), it lies southeast of the Costa Blanca in the Valencian Community, and is Spain’s eighth largest resort, boasting stunning views of the mountainous landscape. Along the coast, discover an elaborate marble floor stretching across the palm-lined promenade, while its main beach Playa del Postiguet boasts 900m of golden sand.
But there's far more to beautiful Alicante than picturesque bays, authentic Spanish tapas and glorious year-round Mediterranean sunshine. Remnants of the city's fascinating past can be found in Mount Benacantil and the stunning medieval castle of Santa Barbara in Alicante city's old town, El Barrio, to the east of the city's centre.
Alicante is also home to award-winning museums and art galleries, as well as a baroque church and 17th century town hall with its equisite marble staircase. From the beach take the lift carved into the side of Benacantil mountain, to the ancient castle and enjoy breath-taking views from the ramparts; Roman ruins, lively markets, a modern marina, and at sundown, El Barrio's busy nightlife scene bustling below; the perfect spot for a romantic evening! Wander further afield and discover the beautiful fishing village of Villajoyosa, the mountaintop fortress of Guadalest and a favourite with families; Torrevieja's Water Park, Aquopolis.
If you're after a relaxing beach holiday, there are plenty of fine sand beaches such as San Juan’s four miles of blue-flag coastline, and the urban beach of Playa Postiguet. Wander along the palm-fringed promenade stretching along the marina. After sundown, enjoy the authentic Spanish cuisine at one of the stylish restaurants overlooking the sea; arroz a banda, the local version of paella, is highly recommended for an evening of mouthwatering dishes and coastline views. In fact, Alicante is a foodies' paradise, known for its fresh seafood and colourful cuisine!
Nestled at the foot of the Orihuela mountains, this historic city can be divided into three regions: the rural countryside, the coast and the city itself. Experience its authentic Spanish charm, cultural sites and natural beauty, including some glorious fine sand beaches.
The beautiful coastal resort of Jávea lies nestled between rocky headlands, with its picturesque old town and natural white sand beach. The intense blue water here makes it a paradise for artists and families looking for an unspoiled, quieter side to Alicante.
Enjoy a low-key holiday in the coastal city of Torrevieja, situated in southeastern Alicante. This beach resort boasts a beautiful Mediterranean climate and stretches of golden sand beaches. Originally a salt mining and fishing village, its charming marina reveals a quieter side of Spain, perfect for family holidays.
Known for its colourful nightlife, Benidorm on Spain's east coast is one of Alicante's most popular tourist resorts. With over 1000 restaurants, upscale shopping areas, beaches galore and plenty of bars and clubs to let your hair down, this bustling metropolitan is perfect for a lively, sun-drenched break.
Famous for its natural beauty and rich history, the ancient palm-lined city of Elche is the capital of Bajo Vinalopó and a World Heritage site. Marvel at the elaborate baroque architecture and religious monuments, or visit Huerto del Cura gardens, with its exotic cactus and stunning display of flora and fauna.
The industrial and university city of Alcoy is situated 105km from Valencia, with an impressive medieval and modernist heritage that will fascinate history buffs. Settled before Roman times, Alcoy's architecture is unlike any other region of Spain. A must-see is the ancient rock paintings, dating back as far as C. 10,000.
Alicante province is Spain's eighth largest resort, situated on the Costa Blanca, in the Valencian community. With the Mediterranean Sea to the east it boasts some beautiful beaches and of course, a delicious cuisine, where the best restaurants can be found in Dénia, with over 300 to choose from. The capital's old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz is where you'll find that authentic Spanish charm, with many restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and winding cobbled streets. Holidaymakers visit Alicante for its pristine beaches, historical beauty, museums and atmospheric nightlife.
Key holiday resorts in Alicante include:
Benidorm in eastern Spain began as a humble fishing village before it was transformed during the 1950s into a buzzing tourist resort and entertainment central. Get lost in the energetic crowds of Benidorm's famous nightlife, let your hair down at the many palm-lined beaches or enjoy an afternoon of luxury shopping, followed by a meal overlooking the busy seafront promenade. Benidorm has it all when it comes to the full beach holiday package.
Javea or Xàbia, to give it its proper Valencian name, is a jewel of natural beauty, known for its postcard-perfect coastline and pure blue waters. 100km from Alicante Airport, Javea town has three main areas: the old town, Javea port and the coastal beach area. Discover historical relics such as ancient churches and the old town's Gothic windows. Head to the town's harbour and fishing port for an atmospheric evening of traditional Spanish food, while overlooking the seafront.
Altea is a charming and peaceful resort, 11km north of Benidorm. As one of the prettiest locations on the Costa Blanca, it boasts a beautiful old town steeped in history, calm waters for sailing and plenty of traditional restaurants. Blending the old and the new, the authentic and the modern, it really is a town that caters to everyone. But don't expect it to rival the energy of Benidorm; Altea is the perfect place to unwind, away from the busy crowds!
Santa Pola is a golfer's paradise and the perfect resort for the more adventurous of holidaymakers. With nine golf courses and plenty of cycling and hiking trails, this former fishing village is a haven for exploring Alicante's rural beauty and natural landscape. Become one with nature at the unspoiled palm-lined beaches of the south coast and watch the local fisherman bring in the catch of the day.
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Alicante is the perfect destination for a family holiday: great weather, gorgeous landscape, wonderful food and over 20 kilometres of wide, expansive sandy coastline children and grown-ups can enjoy alike. Whether it's a villa with a pool or an apartment near the beach we've got hundreds of holiday villas and apartments our owners have marked as family friendly.
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