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Excursions Alicante

Basilica of Santa María, Elche
Basilica of Santa María, Elche
Villena castle
Villena castle

There is also a wide range of things to see and do outside the city in the province of Alicante. Here are a few suggestions for excursions in the Alicante area: 

ELCHE

The nearby city of Elche has been awarded two World Heritage Awards by Unesco: One for 'El palmeral', the city's palm groves with over two hundred thousand palm trees, and the other for 'el Misteri d´Elx', an ancient sacro-lyrical drama performed in the Basilica of Santa Maria.

In addition, you can visit the Alcudia archaeological site, where the 'Dama de Elche' was found, an Iberian bust which has since become the city's emblem. Other highlights of the city are the tower built by the Moors 'la Calahorra' and the castle or 'Palacio de Altamira', where you can find the MAHE, an archaeological museum telling the history of Elche.

 

ORIHUELA

This is Alicante's most monumental town, due to its numerous churches. Worth highlighting are the gothic 'catedral del Salvador', Santo Domingo convent and the Episcopal palace.


CASTLES OF THE VINALOPÓ

These are the castles in Novelda, Petrer, Sax, Villena and Biar, which were built along the path of the river Vinalopó.

 

SANTA POLA AND BEACHES

Santa Pola is a fishing town located 20 km south of Alicante. It has over 11 km of beaches of varying types. At one end of the town in ‘Santa Pola del Este’ you can visit coves with crystal clear water, whereas at the other end you can find much longer beaches with shallower water, ideal for families with children.

 

TABARCA

Located off the coast of the fishing town Santa Pola, this is the only inhabited island in the Comunidad Valenciana and is a popular destination for many excursions.

The base of Berber pirates in the past, the town centre is surrounded by walls that have led to the town being declared an object of cultural interest. The excellent water quality and its wildlife have led to it being declared a Mediterranean marine reserve.    

You can travel to Tabarca on boats which regularly leave the ports of Alicante and Santa Pola.

We mustn't forget to mention its beaches with crystal clear water, including fine sandy beaches and rocky coves.

We recommend taking a walk around the walled village where you can enjoy the traditional 'caldero de Tabarca', a typical dish made with rice and fish.