Alicante, located on Spain's southeastern coast, boasts a friendly energy. On the Mediterranean seashore, Alicante offers a variety of green areas and accessible beaches that beckon travellers to its laid-back holiday atmosphere.
Alicante's superb weather makes it a perfect year-round holiday destination. Winters are mild while summers are hot. The peak season is normally between July and August. The festival and holiday season happens in elaborate style. Holidaymakers visiting in April will be mesmerised by the ancient celebration commemorating the battles between the Christians and the Moors (Moros y Cristianos) of the 12th century. Colourful re-enactments between Arabs and Christians are staged from the 21st-24th of April. The June summer season starts with the week-long St. John's bonfire festival. Celebrations usually begin around June 20th. The festival reaches its peak on June 24th with the ceremonial burning of intricate paper maché statues. A fantastic fireworks show follows.
To enjoy the less crowded and gorgeous beaches, venture slightly outside the city. Enjoy the delicious paella dish, which is a local favourite. The cost of living is approximately 30% less expensive than London's. The local time in Alicante is an hour later than local UK time.
The Airport Bus transports guests to central Alicante for an estimated EUR 3.80. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes and picks up passengers every 20 minutes. The local airport buses for different areas such as Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja, or Murcia leave from the terminal building's departures area. The taxi fare to central Alicante costs about EUR 25.00. Alicante hotel rates start at around EUR 40/person per night. For those preferring hostels, prices begin at EUR 15 per night/per person for shared accommodation. Alicante offers excellent bus transport, and trams take tourists to stops in Alicante and along Spain's Costa Blanca. Tickets for a single ride in Zone 1 are priced at approximately EUR 1.35. A rechargeable 10 journey card costs an estimated EUR 7.60 plus EUR 2 for the card. Central Alicante is small enough to explore walking. Taxi fares are cheaper than London's but not much faster than public transportation.
Tourists travelling to Benidorm, Torrevieja and other Costa Blanca beach resorts usually also land at Alicante Airport. A day trip to the car-free Tabarca Island lets visitors enjoy the small walled oasis, which is encompassed by a nature reserve.