Places to visit in the Province of Alicante
Today we are going to provide you with several of the best places to visit in Alicante.
Alicante is not a monumental city, but nevertheless, it has a magnet that attracts visitors and there are few who decide to stay and live. What is the secret? Well in its more than 300 days a year of sun, its great gastronomy (rice, fish, seafood, vegetables ..) its beaches, and its parties, and the small size of this beautiful city. It has a nice historical center that you can walk on foot. All these factors make the quality of life in Alicante one of the best in Spain.
The Castle of Santa Bárbara
At the top of the small Benacantil mountain is the most emblematic monument to see in Alicante. The Castle of Santa Bárbara dominates the center of the city and the bay of Alicante from the heights. When you look at it from a distance, it resembles the face of an Arab warrior, it is because of them that it is called "the face of the Moor". You can go up to the Castle by car walking or by elevator. We recommend you to walk, crossing the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Cruz. You can not leave the city without witnessing a sunset from its battlements. Without a doubt it is one of the most beautiful things in Alicante.
The neighborhood of Santa Cruz
To its tangle of narrow streets, low houses and white facades appear, making the color of the flowers that adorn the narrow balconies stand out even more. They mix bohemian artists, and the Alicante of all life. Also in the streets closest to the Rambla Méndez Nuñez is the oldest walking area of Alicante with small pubs of all kinds in which you can find people between 18 and 50 years.
So that it is not all so banal, you can visit the Procathedral of San Nicolás, which is the most important church in Alicante. The best time to visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz is during the festivity of the Crosses of May, when it is covered with flowers of every color imaginable.
The Bonfires of San Juan
Undoubtedly the best time to visit Alicante is during its major festivals, the Bonfires of San Juan. The official days are from June 20 to 24. It is difficult to describe in words what is felt in the Bonfires of San Juan and it is normal for more than 1 million visitors to the city to get to know them. It is a mixture of gunpowder, music, drink, food, monuments, fire, good vibes, joy, folklore, parades, tradition, party, beach ... and all on the street and of course with an exceptional temperature! You can not miss the parades that run through the most central streets of the city. "LA NIT DE LA CREMÁ" is when all the monuments are burned, on the night of June 24, and the gunpowder orgy of the mascletás at 2 o'clock in the Plaza de Los Luceros. It is not that it is the best festival to see in Alicante, but that it is one of the best in Spain. And that, in a country that gives itself in its festivals and traditions has much merit.
The Port of Alicante
The Port of Alicante appears on all the postcards of the souvenir shops. Walking through it is one of the main things to do in Alicante. Among large yachts, boats and pleasure boats there are bars, restaurants and cafes and even a casino!
Beaches of Alicante
It could not miss the biggest claim of the city: its beaches. El Postiguet is the quintessential beach of the city since it is about 5min walk from the center, and is preferred by students Eras-mus, seniors and tourists who stay in the downtown hotels. The San Juan beach is something else. More than 6km of sand and a spectacular sea. It is fully urbanized and has a promenade full of restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors and coffee shops. This beach is ideal to go with family and to practice sports. The beach of La Albufera is a small cove of about 500m mythical and quite calm. Near it you can get close to the nudist and rocky beaches near Cabo de la Huerta.
Island of Tabarca
If you have already enjoyed all the things to see in Alicante, the best excursion you can do is La Isla de Tabarca. To get there you can take the boat that leaves from the port of Alicante. The journey takes no more than 45min. Tabarca has a lot of charm. It is the old haven of the pirates. It has a small nucleus of low houses, a church, a wall, a lighthouse and several small coves with a lot of charm. Undoubtedly the best excursion you can do if you want to spend a sunny day, dive in its crystal clear waters and try the delicious rice cauldron. Its sunsets are something you will never forget.