Alicante Travel Guide


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 Santa Barbara castle with panoramic aerial view at the famous touristic city in Costa Blanca, Spain

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.

port with yachts against Castle of Santa Barbara in background during sunset

Holidays and Festivals in Alicante

If you’re looking for a festival, Alicante has a range of colourful parades and fiestas. Frequently these include huge parties. There’s live music, and people dancing in the streets. The festivals continue through the night and into the morning. Festivals...

Best Time to visit Alicante

Planning a Trip If you’re going to make the effort to visit Alicante, make sure you allow enough time to enjoy all the experiences presented by the city and the region. If you think you’ll have a day or two...

How to get to Alicante

Alicante By Car You have several choices when thinking of how to get to Alicante. If you’re driving, the city is located on the Autopista AP-7 and the Autovia A-7, both serving the coast, while the Autovia A-31 provides a...