Alicante - this city is the capital of the Costa Blanca resort in eastern Spain. It is called so from an endless series of white sandy beaches in this part of the country. Among the attractions that you will see in the city: the medieval fortress, which rises above the city, and the Mediterranean classic old town with white houses and cobbled streets. You can spend the morning in museums and churches, and in the afternoon swim in the clear waters or relax under an umbrella. The modern tram network of the city will help you easily get to the right place.
Mount Benacantil, a monumental rock that hangs over Alicante, is a medieval fortress of Arab origin . Repair work was carried out for the last time during the Golden Age in Spain in the 1500s, but if you look closely you will find small fragments from Moorish times.
For hiking, the best time is early morning before the sun shines. The sophisticated, marble-lined promenade of Alicante is suitable for starting the journey, because it starts in the old city and continues along the city promenade next to the marina . You will understand the atmosphere of Alicante well, walking under the palm trees and watching how the life of the city around you unfolds on the terraces and market stalls. In the old part of Alicante, a bit like a village in the city center, you can get lost. This area stretches out on a hillside under a castle, and to get around you need to walk along steep streets and stairs between high whitewashed walls.
Locals are proud of their homes, love to decorate their balconies and thresholds with fresh flowers, and their shutters are painted in blue and green. Right next to the old town is a wonderful beach, if you do not want to go far for a serving of sea and sand. Playa del Postiguet is golden sand washed by very light waves . You will go quite far before the water reaches a waist, but you will have a magnificent view of the dominant walls of Santa Barbara. Due to its size and location, the beach may be a bit noisy in the summer, but the central location offers places to dine.
A few streets from Postiguet Beach, not far from the foot of the mountain, is the oldest and most beautiful church in the city . The church of Santa Maria, like many in Spain, was built over a former mosque, after Alicante was taken from the Moors in the 13th century. You will see gloomy-looking twin towers of the church, but interestingly, at first glance they are the same, but on the right - the 1300s, and on the left - the 1800s. Inside there is a Gothic statue of Santa Maria of the 14th century and a medieval book of the early edition of the 1200s.
There are many beaches in Alicante. If you need a lot of space, then the beach of Saladar south of Alicante is a carpet of golden sand with a length of 1600 meters. On the northern outskirts of Alicante is Playa de la Albufereta. It was the harbor for the Roman settlement of Lucentum and the impeccable shallow bay . There are companies around the port in Alicante that provide boat trips. It may be a short catamaran cruise near the city, but if you want to spend a day, you should definitely consider a trip to Tabarka. It is several kilometers from the coast to the south, but it feels like a different world. Tabarka has a small walled settlement with the same white houses and blue shutters that you saw in the old city of Alicante.
A 20-minute drive west of Alicante is the city of Elche, where you will find an amazing sight. This is the largest palm grove in Europe , planted by the first Muslims who settled here in the early Middle Ages. The grove is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the best way to get to know it is to walk along de San Placido.
How to get there: Alicante Airport (Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche) is located 13 kilometers southwest of Alicante city center. From airport:
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