The city of Alicante, the capital of the province with the same name is located in the south-eastern part of Spain on the Mediterranean coast. Along the Costa Blanca (about 200 km of beach belonging to this province), near this city are localities like Benidorm, Elche, Torrevieja, Valencia City and Murcia.
Santa Pola Lighthouse in Alicante Spain
El Altet International Airport is 10 km away from the city centre. The Taxi can be a convenient option to reach the airport. Normally, a Alicante-airport shuttle should be around 30 euros, and should last about 25 minutes.
The airport also offers a continuous bus service to the city centre and to the Plaza del Mar bus station. Using this service you will only pay 3 euros and you will also benefit from air conditioning. Flights from – to the airport have a frequency of a shuttle every 40 minutes and runs between 7:00a.m.-11:00 p.m
In Alicante there are buses that can take you to any part of the city that you would like to visit. The red buses are used for the central areas of the city, while the blue ones for the surrounding villages, such as the number 21 bus going to El Campello.
For those who are interested in travelling by train, it must be said that in Alicante there are two railway stations: Alicante train station (located in downtown on Avenida de Salamanca) and Alicante railway station of narrow gauge. Alicante train station connect travelers with Madrid (the average travel time is about 4 hours), Valencia and Barcelona.
Alicante’s narrow gauge railway station (located near the port on Avenida Villajoyosa 2) is operated by the company FGV (Fenocarils de la Generalitat Valenciana). Here you can take the train to the destinations on the Costa Brava – the cities like Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Altea, Denia and Calpe.
Another way to travel is by tram. It is fast and its route is along the beach. Some people, they call it the subway, because a certain road portion is subterranean (the part that starts from Mercado Central, crosses the Plaza Luceros, then goes to the main station).
Alicante has a great list of attractions suitable for everyone, including the intriguing Tabarca island located right on the coast.
Alicante is renowned for its wonderful avenue flanked of palm trees and shopping streets. The original name of the city was “Lucentum” and means “City of Light”. This attractive city stretches along the Costa Blanca displaying stunning beaches, huge squares and wonderful parks. It benefits of a wonderful weather throughout the year. The city offers fun, entertainment and a wonderful nightlife for tourists and locals alike.
Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Barbara), located in downtown Alicante, is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain. This important landmark of the city lies on the Benacantil mountain where it offers fabulous views over the city. When the castle is viewed from El Postiguet Beach, one can see a strange shape in the form of a human face, known as “Cape Moor”.
The City Museum of Alicante (MUSA), housed inside the Santa Barbara Castle, introduces visitors to the atmosphere of Spanish realities from different historical periods. Archaeological materials, sculptures and busts of famous Spanish people are exhibited.
Address: Av de Juan Bautista Lafora, 6 03002 Alicante, Spain.