The friendly city of Alicante has the ideal location on Spain's Mediterranean Coast. It's also a resort renowned for its culture, spectacular beaches, wonderful parks and lively night life. Don't miss out on exciting excursions, traditional cuisine and magical fiestas when visiting Alicante.
Alicante is an all year round holiday destination. It has mild winters and hot summers with the peak season lasting from July through to August. Why not arrange your vacation during holidays and festivals? The St. John's Bonfires Celebrations begin from around the 20th June to mark the start of summer. On the 24th of June fireworks and paper mache effigies are burned. To see something a little different, the Moors and Christians Festival (Moros y Christianos) between April 21st to 24th reenacts the battles between Christians and Arabs in the 12th Century.
Before you travel to Alicante
Remember to move your watch one hour ahead of UK time. The cost of living in Alicante is about 30% lower than London. What's more, restaurant prices are generally around 45% lower, ideal if you're wanting to try regional favourite local foods like Paella. If you're after less crowded beaches, head slightly out of town to La Albufereta. There's also the option of chilling out and relaxing on La Playa de San Juan, El Postiguet or Los Saladares beaches.
Local information, arrival, accommodation and transport
The airport bus to central Alicante is approx 3.80 Euros. This service is available around every 20 minutes with a journey time of approx. 20 minutes. Local buses also leave from the airport terminal building for Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja and Murcia. Expect to pay around 25 Euros from the airport to central Alicante. Hotels cost in the region of around 40 Euros per person per night. There are also hostels and shared rooms available for about 15 Euros per night. Alicante has a good bus network system. Trams transport visitors around the city and along the coast to Costa Blanca. Single tickets for zone 1 are priced at around 1.35 Euros or buy a 10 journey rechargeable travel card costing approximately 7.60 Euros. Taxis are slightly less expensive than in London.
Alternatively, the city centre is small enough to walk around on foot. The car free Tabarca Island is a popular tourist attraction and has small walled town surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.