Bathed in Mediterranean waters, Alicante boasts a wealth of monuments and museums, as well as the ideal climate to enjoy its beautiful beaches and dreamy island of Tabarca, just off the city’s coast. Also accessible from Santa Pola and Benidorm, Tabarca has paradise beaches with crystal clear water, as well as a picturesque port. Beautiful 18th-century walls, built by King Carlos III, surround its town centre. To finish off your visit, don’t forget to try ‘caldero’, the island’s typical stewed fish dish.
Back in Alicante, there is much to see and do, including a trip up to Santa Barbara castle. Located at the peak of Mount Benacantil, at an elevation of 166 meters, the castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain and provides a perfect lookout over the bay of Alicante. If heights aren’t your thing, you can enjoy the stunning views from the city’s charming Paseo de la Explanada promenade, or visit Las Cigarreras contemporary culture centre, a converted old tobacco factory which now serves as a first-class artistic and cultural space.
This vast array of attractions make it very difficult to resist booking one of our flights to Alicante, but just in case you needed an extra reason to visit, the city celebrates San Juan Bonfires, its most important festival, from the 20th to the 24th of June. During the festival, parades, processions, concerts and sporting events fill the city’s streets and open spaces. The bonfires, which are the main focus of the festival, are sure to ignite a desire in you to come back to Alicante soon!
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