City walks

Discover the best kept secrets of the city through different routes …

The history of Alicante or Lucentum, as the ancient Romans named this city, began as with an Iberian settlement at the end of the 5th Century B.C. This city, currently having approx. 330,000 inhabitants, enjoys a privileged climate with an average annual temperature of 19º and 2,500 sunny hours each year. These circumstances have made of this city one of the most important tourism destinations in Spain. This city of services is characterized by the beauty of the beaches and its cosmopolitan character. It offers the visitor all the Mediterranean charm with all the possibilities of a city. The marina of Alicante is one of the most prosperous leisure areas of the city, an open space facing the sea with pubs, restaurants and leisure centres. But Alicante has much more to offer the visitor; get to know our city enjoying the city walks we suggest below…

The walls of Alicante

Alicante was a walled city up to the 19th Century. In 1858 the Queen Isabel II came to Alicante to inaugurate the train leaving from Madrid. Taking the opportunity and in view that the growth of the city was restricted by the walls, the Queen was asked for authorisation to demolish the walls. This was the beginning of the growth of the city. During this walk you will go round the area where the new city emerged during the second half of the 19th Century.

A walk along the old quartier

Alicante has always been a walled city because of the fear to the attacks from the sea. During the medieval period the city was conquered by the Muslims, and walls were built to defend it. Despite those defensive means, Alicante was bombarded from the sea in 1691 and 90% of the city was destroyed. That is why, during this walk we will try to see how the city was before and after the bombardment.


Alicante cultural walk

Did you know that Alicante was a South-oriented city? Virtually all the settlements of the province of Alicante face the South since they are protected against the cold winds from the North by the mountain range located in the interior of the province. That is why we enjoy such a nice climate in our city.

Sea route

Halfway through the 19th Century Alicante was buried inside the walls surrounding the city. Said walls were demolished because this city needed to grow and no more attacks from the sea were expected. Thus, Alicante decided to open a gate to the sea and built its sea façade.

A shopping day in Alicante

In Alicante you will find an enormous variety of shops and department stores to buy quality goods and products typical of the region. With regard to gastronomy, we recommend trying the typical canned food and salted fish. For those really sweet-toothed, our chocolate, dates, sugared almonds and, above all, the turrón (sweet made with honey and almonds) as well as our traditional ices.

Tourist guides and guided visits

With the Official Tourist Guides accredited by the Valencian Agency of Tourism you can discover the city and the province in many different ways. There are many types of guided tours; cultural, dining, biking. Choose the one that suits you best.

Guided visits