The Costa Blanca in Spain
has long been a popular holiday destination for UK holidaymakers. Most tourists arrive at Alicante
airport before heading for the holiday resorts of Benidorm, Calpe, Moraira,
Javea and Denia.
Alicante is known as the
capital of the Costa Blanca and is located directly on the Mediterranean,
although most visitors to this Costa will best know Alicante for its airport, but this lovely
city is well worth a visit. Check out the sea views from Santa
situated on Mount
Benacantil, the top of
which can be reached by an elevator set into the rock face across from Playa
Aside from the view, the strange rock formation is worth examining, which
resembles a Moor’s face, as well as the Museo de les Fogueres (Museum of the
Bonfires) where amazing figures created for June’s Fogueres Festivals are
displayed. The CAPA Collection is also housed here, featuring examples of
modern Spanish sculpture, including works by Dali.
Santa Faz Monastery is also worth a look, if only for the legend attached to
the site where it is situated - a pilgrim brought a relic of the cloth which
was used to wipe the blood from the face of Jesus at crucifixion to Alicante in
the 16th century and by doing so, caused a miracle to occur…Visit the monastery
to learn the whole story.
Museum lovers looking for something a bit different from the usual scraps of
pottery and so on will enjoy a change at the Nativity
which is located in Alicante’s
Old Quarter. As well as an interesting collection of Christmas bric-a-brac, the
museum displays lovely nativity scenes from all over the world. The Bullfighting Museum also offers something a bit
different from the norm – a permanent display focusing on various local
bullfighters, with rooms given over to presentations and discussions on this
For a more conventional museum experience, try the Gravina Fine
with its collection of pieces ranging from the 20th century a far back as the
Middle Ages. Alternatively, La Aseguarda Museum features a fine collection of
contemporary pieces, from masters including Miro, Dali and Gargallo, as well as
some non-Spanish artists.
Alicante’s beaches are also as good as any you’ll find along the coast,
especially San Juan beach, which, with its endless 7 kilometres of fine sand and broad range
of facilities, plus a nearby 18-hole golf course.
The city centre is packed with shops and restaurants, in
addition to a number of shopping malls on the outskirts, such as Gran Via,
Vista Hermosa and Panoramis. Eating out
is certainly enjoyable in Alicante
with a lively selection of bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants available in El
Barrio and El Puerto. The two locations offer very different atmospheres,
the old town charm of El Barrio contrasting nicely with El Puerto’s sleekly
modern marina location.
El Puerto (meaning “The Port”) offers a regular service to Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, France and North Africa. The regular ferry and shipping services, rail
and motorway links with Barcelona, Murcia, Denia and Madrid,
and the international airport, make Alicante the
gateway to Spain’s Costa