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  • General information

    Official language: Spanish
    Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
    Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Barrio Santa Cruz

    The district of Santa Cruz is a great place for a romantic evening walk. It captivates with an atmospheric maze of narrow streets and stairs. Because cars are not allowed here, the area is quiet and pleasant.

  • Hop on a tram

    The cheapest and easiest way to move around the city and nearby towns is by tram. In Alicante, the tram stops are underground, which makes them much the same as metro stations.

  • Glide over the city

    Do you need an adrenaline boost? It means you must see Alicante from a different perspective. Do You Wanna group will arrange a session of paragliding or skydiving for you. Beginners are accompanied by an instructor.

Things to see in Alicante

Alicante is a port city in the southeast of Spain. Its name echoes the Arabic “Laqant” and Latin “Lucentum,” which means “bright, shining.” The city was repeatedly conquered by European and Arab rulers, which has influenced the look of the city.

It’s best to start exploring Alicante from Santa Bárbara Castle, dating from the 9th century. You can climb up the stairs or take the elevator. From the top, there is a magnificent view over the entire city as well as distant towns.

Visiting the old part of Alicante, you might want to see a baroque town hall erected in 1760. It’s a mighty building featuring a clock tower and massive green doors. Get inside to admire baroque chambers. Not far from here, you’ll find the Explanada  de España – a very popular promenade, famous for its decorative wavy mosaic pavement. The Co-cathedral of Saint Nicholas of Bari is a great architectural spot. The Christian church was constructed over a Muslim mosque in the 17th century.

Every sailing lover will be happy to visit Museo Volvo Ocean Race. You can take a look at miniature ship models, use a sailing simulator, or learn the history of regatta while enjoying the sound of waves. The museum is definitely child-friendly.

The largest and widest beach on the Costa Blanca is called Playa de Guardamar. The water along the entire length of the shore is shallow, and you can walk far out to sea.

In the afternoon, head to Rambla de Mendez Nunez, the city’s main street lined with restaurants, pubs, and shops. Tables are set outside among huge trees, which creates a remarkable atmosphere. For dessert go to Heladeria Borgonesse known for making the best ice-creams in Alicante. Delicious and inexpensive tapas are served in Lizarran.

Restaurante Katagorii is your destination if you want to taste authentic Basque cuisine. The specialty of the house are pinchos. They’re traditional snacks, consisting of slices of bread and a variety of toppings. The custom is to expose all of them on a counter, so you just have to pick the one you like.

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