Head south to Spain’s Costa Blanca and you’ll find the bustling port city (and regional capital) of Alicante, fringed by a wealth of resort towns to the north and south including Benidorm – the daddy of them all. The Costa Blanca is blessed by long, hot summer days (and equally long sandy beaches), so it’s no surprise that it’s been a firm family favourite with us Brits for decades. Alicante itself offers a mix of historic daylife and vibrant nightlife, as medieval history jostles for attention with clubs and bars.
Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Alicante, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
Climb up to Santa Barbara Castle
A tenth-century fortress that oozes the history of Alicante. Its impressive location on top of Mount Benacantil gives breathtaking views of Alicante and the local area – make sure to head up the upper keep or ‘La Torreta’ for the best vantage point! Housed within the castle you’ll also find The Museum of Alicante with not 1, but 10 exhibition halls that showcase the history of the city and the castle.
Situated 63km from Alicante, this valley is one of the top visitor spots in the surrounding area. Grab your selfie stick, the picturesque view is waiting, with beautiful waterfalls acting as your Insta-ready backdrop. Gudalest village is also well worth a visit and has plenty of attractions to explore, from the Gudalest Castle, quaint shops selling tasty local nibbles and gifts to take back for friends and family.
Explore local nightlife
Whether you’re looking for a chilled-out vibe or fancy partying with the locals Alicante has nightlife to suit all interests. Don’t be put off by the name, Canibal Lounge Pub is in a prime location along the esplanade and has a great lively vibe, while Diovio offers up delicious cocktails. Looking for somewhere in the Old Town? Hit up Austin Bar.
In 1950, Benidorm was the first tourist resort to accept bikinis on the beach
Alicante is home of the tapas. They used to give travelers little delicacies on a slice of bread
The Romans called the city ‘Lucentem’, which means ‘City of Light’
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