Alicante could be called Little Barcelona. With its playas, great nightlife and a variety of food and culture. From here, the Volvo Ocean Race started in November 2008, 2011 and October 4, 2014. Next start is 2017
Costa Blanca’s largest airport, El Altet is 15 km south of the city.
Alicante has a lot of history behind it and it is one of Spain’s oldest cities. Tourism started as early as the 18 century. Then there was the train between Alicante and the Spanish capital Madrid, which meant that Alicante is often called “Madrid port”.
Today Alicante is a typical tourist destination on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, but is also a bustling metropolis and an interesting place to get acquainted with the Spanish culture. The University of Alicante offers several courses for foreigners during the summer months. Many Swedes and other Scandinavians have chosen to buy a house or apartment in the Alicante province. Alicante is a destination where you can really combine sun, beach, city and nightlife while on holiday.
Alicante has seven kilometers of sandy beach and beachfront promenade, but the absolute best beach is Playa de San Juan about ten minutes outside the city. The promenade called Paseo de la Explanada is the absolute center of life.
Shopping in Alicante is unparalleled to willing tourists who really want to “shop till you drop” during the holidays. In Spain the summer sale starts in early July and the winter sales start in January with huge discounts.
Sports possibilities are numerous, not to mention restaurants.
One of Alicante’s attractions is the castle of Santa Barbara that rises north of the city. The impressive medieval castle can be easily visited as it is a cable car from the center up to the mountain. Gothic church of Santa Maria from the 13th century is also well worth a visit along with the many other historical monuments.
The Harbour is a nice walking area with many little cafes. There you can take a boat trip to La Tabarca island which lies just off the coast, namely 12 nautical miles from Alicante and 8 from Santa Pola. It was once the home to the area’s pirates and today Valencia region’s only inhabited island.
On La Tabarca you will find nice beaches, restaurants and hotels. The water surrounding the island of La Tabarca is a marine nature reserve.