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Alicante travel guide

A unique backdrop in which to relax
A unique backdrop in which to relax
Alicante - "city of light"
Alicante - "city of light"
One of Alicante's many promenades
One of Alicante's many promenades
Alicante harbour in the winter sun
Alicante harbour in the winter sun

ALICANTE, “City of light”

Find out about this coastal town on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in our Alicante travel guide. With a population of 334,418 inhabitants, this average-sized city boasts a port that is very important for the local economy and tourism. Thousands of people travel to Alicante every year to enjoy the delights that the city has to offer.

Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca. Its climate (with an average temperature of over 18ºC), its light (more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year), its beaches and its historical background make it a unique travel destination that is not to be missed.

The city of Alicante dates back to the times when the area was dominated by the Arabs. For reasons of defence, the town was settled around Santa Barbara castle, a feature of our Alicante travel guide, which watches over the city from the top of Mount Benacantil.

Alicante boasts modern infrastructures, a harbour, an international airport, train stations, motorways and roads that make it easy for tourists from all over the world to travel to this bright and charming city.

Its gastronomy, internationally renowned ‘fiestas’, its array of leisure and open-air sports facilities, the white sandy beaches and the extensive range of hotels and holiday rentals, make Alicante a true holiday paradise, where you are so spoilt for choice that you won't know what to visit or what to do first. Our Don Travel Alicante travel guide can help you to decide!

LEISURE – “Viva la vida”

Alicante’s privileged location and climate offer tourists the possibility to carry out different sporting activities in the open air, in particular water sports such as diving, windsurfing and sailing, or golf on one of the four 18 hole courses in the surrounding area.

Nightlife is concentrated in the old town known as ‘el barrio’, where visitors can party until the small hours in a wide range of pubs, bars and restaurants with a lively friendly atmosphere, welcoming people of all ages. See our suggestions on where to go in the Alicante travel guide.

Another charming area is Alicante’s port, which boasts a variety of restaurants, a casino and seafront promenades; a unique backdrop in which to relax whilst contemplating the fantastic views.

A gastronomical tour worth taking

As far as gastronomy is concerned, it is worth mentioning typical products from Alicante such as ‘turrón’ – a nougat-like sweet, chocolate, sugared almonds, dates, liqueurs and local wines, as well as vegetables and tinned fish.

Among the typical dishes we mustn’t forget the wide variety of rice dishes, fish and seafood, ‘la olleta’ (a type of stew made with vegetables and pulses), ‘esmorzaret alacantí’ (salted sardine, fried egg and ‘ñora’ – a small, sweet, sun dried red pepper), as well as ‘coca amb tonyina’ (a type of pasty filled with tuna) and a wide variety of ‘montaditos’ (sandwiches made from mini baguettes) and of course ‘tapas’. Get ideas on where to go to try them in our Alicante travel guide.

Alicante stands out for being a great place to buy toys, footwear, leather clothing, rugs and ceramic and wicker crafts, which can be bought on one of the town's numerous markets or in the many shops scattered around the town. People travel from all around to shop at Alicante's markets. Find out where the best ones are in our Alicante travel guide.

And once you've taken in all the sights of the town, there are many options for excursions to nearby places of interest in the local area. So, what are you waiting for?! Check out our Alicante travel guide for some great ideas for your next holiday. What's more, at don-travel.com, we have a wide range of holiday rentals in our accommodation guide, both holiday homes and apartments, where you can relax when you're not outside enjoying the wonderful Mediterranean sun and the treasures that the province of Alicante has to offer.