Alicante is the capital of eastern Spain’s Costa Blanca (White Coast) which is named after the endless white sandy beaches typical of this part of the country. Alicante is the second largest city in the Valencia Region and a magnet for European tourists and residents year-round. The International airport is one of Spain’s busiest, with flights available to all of the nation’s major cities in addition to several cities across Europe.
What To See In Alicante
Explanada de España is the first place you’ll see right across from the beach and the marina. It has tons of market stalls, artists, restaurants and street live music so it’s a great place to start your visit.
Just across you will find the Marina and the Postiguet Beach, an 800-meter stretch of beach connected to the Explanada de España promenade and the Marina by a modern pedestrian bridge. There are plenty of beachfront bars and restaurants serving fresh seafood and Spanish cuisine throughout the day. It offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Mercado Central is Alicante’s central marketplace, where you can find over 200 stalls and shops selling a variety of fresh produce, seafood, meat, and Spanish delicacies. Founded in 1911, this Modernist building has an impressive dome and a massive stairway that’s flanked by 2 sculptures. This is the ideal place to soak up the atmosphere of the city. Each morning the market opens at 07:30 and soon it gets full of people, mostly tourists walking the alleys and stalls.
Finally, you must visit the Old Town, a charming historic quarter in the Barrio de Santa Cruz where the old Muslim Quarter once was. It has the cutest houses, all of them unique, and the best views over the city and the Mediterranean Sea.