A popular and easy to reach destination for a villa holiday, Alicante retains a profoundly Spanish feel, with its hilltop castle, chic shops, narrow streets and colourful houses.
If you are after a beach holiday, there are plenty of fine sandy beaches such as San Juan’s four miles of blue-flag golden sands, and Playa Postiguet, in Alicante town itself. Wander along the palm-fringed seafront promenade, eating local nougat ice-cream, or dine in one of the stylish restaurants overlooking the sparkling sea – arroz a banda, the local version of seafood paella, is a speciality.
Alicante isn’t just beach and tapas. From the town beach take a lift, carved into the side of Benacantil mountain, to the ancient castle and enjoy the breath-taking panorama from the ramparts; discover award-winning museums and galleries, a baroque church built on Moorish foundations and the 17th century town hall with its marble staircase, Roman ruins, lively markets, a modern marina, and a lively after-dark scene in the old town, El Barrio. Discover more attractions further afield, such as the beautiful fishing village Villajoyosa, the mountaintop fortress of Guadalest, or Torrevieja's water park.