Attractions in Alicante
Attractions in Alicante
Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca resort region in eastern Spain. The name comes from the endless succession of white sandy beaches in this part of the country. The city has everything you need for a holiday at the seaside, with history and sights that you would like to see in the city: a medieval fortress that towers over the city, a classic Mediterranean old town with whitewashed houses and cobbled streets.
You can spend the morning in museums and churches, and in the afternoon swim in the clear waters or doze off under an umbrella. The modern tram network in Alicante makes it easy to get from one attraction to another.
Let’s look at the best places to see in Alicante:
1. Santa Barbara Castle
Crowning the mountain Benacantil, a huge monumental rock hanging over Alicante, is a fortress of medieval Arabic origin. The most recent repairs were carried out during the Golden Age in Spain in the 1500s, but if you look closely, you will find small fragments from Moorish times.
If you walk, then the best time to climb is early in the morning, before the sun becomes the brightest. If you want to get faster, then right behind the beach Postiguet there is an elevator.
2. Explanada de España
The exquisite marble-lined embankment of Alicante, which begins in the old town and continues along the coastal town next to the marina.
In most Spanish cities, a family walk along the coast is a tradition, and walks to places such as Explanada de España will help you to do it in style.
You will feel the atmosphere of Alicante, walking under the palm trees and watching the quiet everyday life on the terraces and market squares.
From the windows of a beautiful view of the coast. In the summer, at the end of a hot day on this brightly lit walkway you can refresh yourself with the sea breeze and enjoy the evening coolness.
3. Archaeological Museum
The MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum in Alicante is the place to find all the answers about the origin of the city and its surroundings.
The museum presents unique tools of labor of the first collectors and hunters’ spears, ancient handicraft metal objects forged in the territory of Alicante.
In addition, there is an Iberian hall dedicated to a variety of archaeological sites, which contain beautiful sculptures and ceramics.
The Roman city of Lucentum was close to modern Alicante, and a wide range of ceramics, jewelry, and other everyday objects were found during excavations.
Perhaps the most exciting of all is the halls that span medieval times, when for a short period Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures existed side by side. This is a unique blend of traditions and styles that tourists from all over the world come to see.
4. Casco Antiguo
Do you want to get lost in the old part of Alicante, a bit like a village in the city center? This area stretched out on a hillside under a castle, and in order to get around it, you need to walk along steep streets and stairs between high whitewashed walls.
Locals are proud of their houses, decorate balconies and thresholds with fresh flowers, paint the shutters in blue and green.
If you need a break, you can always relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants in this part of the city and enjoy quiet, provincial life.
5. Postiguet Beach
If you do not want to go to distant beaches, then near the old town is a very beautiful coastal zone. Playa del Postiguet is a place with golden sand, clean beach and azure waves.
We’ll have to go quite far before the sea reaches the waist height, and from the water there is a magnificent view of the protective walls of Santa Barbara.
Due to its size and location, the beach can be a bit hectic in the summer. But it is here that the ideal place for a picnic, especially during the off-season.