At the heart of Spain’s Costa Blanca, set dramatically between the mountains and the sea, you’ll find the city of Alicante. The city’s airport is the gateway to resorts along this popular costa, but Alicante is so much more than an airport hub. Once a run-down old town, Alicante has been transformed into a stylish city with a new harbour complex, clean beaches, museums, boutiques, cocktail bars and buzzing nightlife adding to its sophistication. The beach has many water-based activities to keep you entertained. The local tapas and paella will tempt your tastebuds, not to mention the popular sangria. To get a taste of the region’s Moorish ancestry why not explore the city’s main landmark, Castillo de Santa Barbara. The Costa Blanca’s healthy climate of lots of sunshine and very little rain make Alicante a great all-year round beach holiday or city-break destination.
Head to one of Alicante’s many beaches to sunbathe or, for the active, why not try kite land-boarding or maybe dinghy sailing. Take an unusual city tour on a Segway, a two-wheeled scooter that you stand up on and ride along the pavement. Learn about the history of bull-fighting in the Plaza de Toros Museum. Get close to the wildlife at the Vergel Safari Park near Alicante with its lions, tigers, leopards and zebras. Explore the Caves of Canalobre, one of Spain's most impressive caves, which are about 24 kilometres outside the city. No trip to Alicante would be complete without a shopping trip to the El Corte Ingles department store or to the market on the tree-lined promenade behind the port.
Alicante is well-known for having one of the most vibrant nightlife’s in Spain. Around the El Puerto, El Barrio and Esplanada areas you'll find a whole host of bars and clubs offering everything from Spanish music to pop, while the 'chiringuitos' built along the beaches are the perfect place to grab a cocktail by the sea. Bars and clubs usually open at 11pm and close around 4-5am, providing plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife that Alicante has to offer.
Alicante has wide selection of restaurants, ranging from fast food outlets, and international favourites to the traditional Spanish cuisine and tapas. No trip to the Costa Blanca is complete without sampling some Paella, which was after all invented in this region in Valencia. Wash down your meal with a traditional jug of sangria or try the dessert wine Fondillon, which comes from the Monovar region.
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