What to visit in Alicante

Discover Alicante through your five senses: its fabulous beaches, its wide range of museums and its impressive monuments all constitute this city’s broad appeal that we invite you to discover.

Alicante is a welcoming city bathing in the waters of the Mediterranean. It is characterized by its great dynamism and warm Mediterranean climate. At a crossroads of cultures, the city welcomes travellers and makes them feel at home.

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Highlights

Castle of Santa Bárbara

The Castle of Santa Bárbara played a major role in Alicante’s history. The castle is the city’s hallmark. Visitors can discover its historic halls and water reservoirs, enjoy guided tours, shows and events, as well as grand views of the Mediterranean throughout the year.
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Tabarca Island

The island of Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencian region. It is situated eleven nautical miles away, and is very close to the city of Alicante, facing the Cape of Santa Pola. The island is unique: its transparent waters led to the creation of Spain’s first ever marine reserve. You can enjoy this Mediterranean treasure for a day or for as many days as you like.
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Alicante beaches

Some of Alicante’s best tourist attractions are its excellent beaches. Year after year they receive the Blue Flag award by the European Union, which earns them well deserved international recognition. This includes San Juan beach, the Cabo de las Huertas coves, Almadraba beach, Albufereta beach, Postiguet beach and Saladares-Urbanova beach. We also highlight Agua Amarga Doggy Beach and the accessibility services provided on beaches.
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ACCESIBLE BEACHES:

The city of Alicante offers a free accessible beach service, with recreational-educational areas aimed at people with mental disabilities, as well as a bathing/swimming assistance service for people with reduced mobility during the summer. The accessible areas are located on the beaches of San Juan, Postiguet and in Saladares-Urbanova.
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WATER SPORTS:

Alicante is the perfect destination for the enjoyment of water sports such as jet skiing, sailing, diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing, competition fishing and waterskiiin­g all year round. You can try your hand at any of these activities by dealing directly with the companies that offer them.
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Parks and Gardens

The Paseo de la Explanada is one of Alicante’s major landmarks. Other walks and gardens may surprise you however, for their setting and majestic centuries-old trees: we suggest you visit the Plaza Gabriel Miró, the Portal de Elche, or the parque de Canalejas. If you love palm trees, don’t miss El Palmeral (the palm grove). If you enjoying watching a sunrise over the sea, you’ll love the Paseo de Gómis. If you prefer a romantic walk, go to the Panteón de Quijano. Or to simply relax and have a good time, choose any one amongst these parks and gardens.

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Monuments and historical buildings

Alicante is home to numerous monuments that reveal a fascinating past, marked by the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea. The city has a rich history, reflected in its civil and religious buildings. In the old town you will find the Town Hall, the Basilica of Santa María, San Nicolás Co-Cathedral, the Santa Cruz and San Roque hermitages among other buildings of historical interest. From the Explanada, you can admire the Casa Carbonell and in the downtown area, you can see the elegant Post Office Headquarters, or the beautiful fountain of Luceros. You can also visit the Central Market of Alicante, and nearby, you will find the plaza de Toros ( bullring) or the old tobacco factory, now called Las Cigarreras, turned into a wonderful cultural centre.

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Museums and cultural centres

The museums of Alicante are attractive and surprising: they complete your experience of the city. Fun and adventure await you in some of them: at The Ocean Race Museum, you can experience the extreme challenges of this round-the- world sailing tour that sets off from Alicante. The MARQ is a 21st century archaeological museum, offering exhibitions of international interest. The Museo de Fogueres museum makes you live the excitement of the “Fiestas de San Juan” bonfires. There is also a constant renewal of temporary exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, (or MACA) and at cultural centres such as Las Cigarreras, the old tobacco factory.
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