You’re considering a vacation in Spain. You’re looking to capture the ‘real Spain’, and you’re going to visit some of the more out-of-the-way places. Alicante should be on your list. It isn’t really ‘out of the way’ – it is one of Spain’s largest cities. No matter whether you’re into history, nightlife, or just vacationing on the beach, Alicante should be on your list of places to visit.
Alicante is a modern city with a vibrant history. If you’re into history, the city dates back to Ancient Greek, Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman traders, who established trading ports in the area from about 300 years BC. The port was a regional trading town until about 1950, by which time it had grown to be a city of 100,000. The city has grown rapidly over the last 50 years, and the metropolitan area is now home to over 750,000 people. There’s a mixture of old and new in Alicante. The port remains a focal centre for the city, while the white sand beaches and mild climate attract a steady flow of tourists. There is a movie-making industry, and the EU has established their Office for Harmonization of International Markets in the city.