In Alicante there are two official languages:

  • Spanish: the official language of the Spanish state.
  • Valencian: the local language of the Region of Valencia.

Meal times:

Meal times tend to be a bit later than in the rest of Europe.

  • Breakfast: Between 7.30am and 10am.
  • Lunch: Between 2pm and 3pm.
  • Dinner: Between 9pm and 10.30pm.

Postal services:

Central Post Office:
Teléfono de contacto: 965131887
Fax: 96 5132287

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 8.30pm.
  • Saturday from 9.30am to 2.00pm.



 Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 2.30pm. Only a few branches are open on Saturday morning. There are 24-hour ATM cash dispensers throughout the city, most of which accept international bank cards.

Credit cards:

Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access and Diners Club.

Bank holidays:

  • New Year’s Day: 1st January.
  • Epiphany: 6th January.
  • San José: 19th March.
  • Good Friday and Easter Monday: exact dates vary.
  • Santa Faz: Exact date varies (second Thursday after Maundy Thursday).
  • Labour Day: 1st May.
  • San Juan: 24th June.
  • Virgen de la Asunción: 15th August.
  • Region of Valencia day: 9th October.
  • Columbus Day: 12th October.
  • All Saints’ Day: 1st November.
  • Day of the Spanish Constitution: 6th December.
  • The Immaculate Conception: 8th December.
  • Christmas: 25th December.


 Standard voltage is 220-240V AC, 50 Hz.
Electrical appliances from the US require a transformer and an adaptor.
Plugs are two-pin and adaptors are available at any hardware store.