Get Away to Alicante
With its beautiful weather and local festivals, Alicante is a fabulous spot for your next holiday. Get away from it all in Alicante. Spend the summer months at the beach or watching the fireworks and bonfires.
Best Time to Travel
The weather in Alicante is typically mild in the winter and hot in the summer. This is a good place to visit all year long. The peak months for travellers are July and August. Mark the start of summer with St. John's bonfires, celebrations that start from around the 20th of June. There are fireworks and paper mache figures are burned on 24th June. The Moors and Christians Festival (Moros y Cristianos) from April 21st -24th reenacts the battles between Christians and Arabs in the 12th Century.
Before You Visit Alicante
For less crowded beaches, head slightly out of town. Alicante airport is used by tourists heading to Benidorm, Torrevieja and other Costa Blanca beach resorts. Go to Tabarca Island, which is car free. This small, walled town is also surrounded by a nature reserve. When looking for local cuisine, paella is a regional favourite. The cost of living in Alicante is around 30 percent lower than that in London and restaurant prices are usually even around 45 percent lower. Alicante's time zone is an hour ahead of the United Kingdom.
Local Tips and Information
An airport bus to central Alicante costs about EUR 3.80 taking around 20 minutes for the journey with buses running every 20 minutes. Local buses going from the airport to Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja or Murcia leave from the terminal building departures area. A taxi to central Alicante runs at approximately EUR 25. You can find a hotel from around EUR 40 per person per night. Hostels cost from about EUR 15 per night per person in shared dorms. Alicante has a good bus network. Trams also run to important destinations in Alicante and along the Costa Blanca. Single tickets for Zone 1 are priced around EUR 1.35. A 10-journey rechargeable card costs about EUR 7.60 plus ca. EUR 2 for the card. However, central Alicante is small enough to explore by foot. Taxis are less expensive than in London but not much faster than public transport.