Favourite airline: easyJet
35 % of travellers choose to book flights on this route with easyJet and Ryanair.
easyJet
20 %
Ryanair
15 %
Tip: book 4 weeks before departure
The best time to buy tickets is 4 weeks before the flight. Pay only £44.00.
28 days before departure
Direct flights are cheaper
Compared to direct flights, flights with a stopover on this route are on average 8 % more expensive.
non stop flight
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2 stops
02h 25min
08h 40min
19h 55min
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The favourite connection is non-stop
Direct flights are especially popular on this route. 58 % of travellers will book a non-stop flight.
Route
bookings
Direct flights
02h 25min, from £55
58 %
1 stopover Amsterdam Schiphol
14h 00min, from £170
21 %
1 stopover Bilbao
08h 40min, from £60
12 %
Return from £55.00
For the best flight deal, book the outbound flight on 09/01/20 and return flight on 16/01/20.

£55
Cheap
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Flight from Southend to Alicante: moorish metropolis on the Mediterranean

For many visitors, Alicante is the gateway to the beaches and resorts of the Costa Blanca, but it is also a fascinating and historic city in its own right. Alicante's Moorish heritage is reflected in its distinctive architecture, while its warren of narrow streets is the ideal place for a tour of tapas bars after a day at the beach.

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Alluring all year round

A temperate Mediterranean climate makes Alicante an attractive destination at any time of the year, although the mercury soars in the peak tourist season of July and August. Calendar highlights include the midsummer fiesta of St. John, lasting 3 days from 20th June, which is marked with bonfires, fireworks and the burning of elaborate papier-mache effigies. In April, the Moros y Cristianos pageants from the 21st to the 24th feature spectacular reconstructions of medieval battles and plenty of family entertainment.

 

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Facts and tips for visitors

When the main city beach gets too busy, there are quieter alternatives within easy reach, like the old fishing harbour of Playa del Coco or the scenic coves of Cabo de las Huertas. Another way to escape the crowds is an excursion to the car-free Tabarca Island, with the chance to explore an atmospheric walled town and a nature reserve. The Costa Blanca area is renowned for its paella, but authentic restaurants follow local custom and only serve the dish at lunchtime. Restaurant prices are around 45% lower than London's and many places offer economical 3-course set menu deals which include wine. Time in Alicante is set one hour ahead of time at home to comply with CET/CEST.  

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Getting around the city and the coast

From the Alicante airport departures terminal, the C-6 city bus makes the 20-minute journey to the train station and centre, with tickets around €3.85. The service starts around 6:40 am and continues until 11 pm. There are also bus services from the airport to Elche and Costa Blanca destinations including Benidorm and Torrevieja. A taxi from the airport to the centre costs around €25. Single bus tickets cost about €1.35, but 10-journey rechargeable cards are a more economical option. Taxis are less expensive than in London, although city traffic can slow progress and the old centre of Alicante is easy to explore on foot. The light tram route is a convenient way to reach the main resorts of the Costa Blanca, connecting Alicante with Denia.

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