Our Alicante Travel Guide is right here! 🇪🇸 Join us as we discover this historic port metropolis on Spain’s Costa Blanca. At the center of Alicante is an vitality, a tradition, an identification that has persevered by way of the expansion of tourism and in our epic information we present you the perfect elements of town.
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Do the that means of the saying, ‘Pa’lante, como los de Alicante’? If you’re from the English-speaking world, then possibly not. But you need to! It means ‘Forward, like the people of Alicante’. In Spain, this standard saying defines the folks of Alicante by their drive, dedication and spirit. Historically, this port metropolis on the Costa Blanca has confronted many struggles – be they because of conflict or financial troubles – however the folks of Alicante have persevered, with their heads held excessive, and pressed ahead.
The late Fifties and 60s have been a transformative time for town. The development of world tourism drove holidaymakers to areas like Alicante, which loved stunning climates year-round. The native financial system benefited significantly from well-funded building tasks equivalent to inns and complexes that accompanied this enhance in tourism, and in flip, the additional guests drove a rise within the variety of fantastic eating places, bars and cafés Alicante has to supply.
At the center of Alicante is an vitality – a tradition and identification that has persevered by way of the expansion of the tourism right here. The idyllic and instagrammable paved streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz lead you on a path across the mountain on the centre of town, Monte Benacantil, and the traditional partitions of the Castillo de Santa Barbara on its peak. The citadel is seen from in all places within the metropolis, whether or not you’re absorbing some solar on the seaside, or searching for recent native produce in Alicante’s Mercado Central.
With neighbors just like the notorious Benidorm, I had a number of assumptions in regards to the nature of tourism within the metropolis, and I couldn’t have been extra flawed. The actual, genuine Alicante is right here and ready for you, and I may really feel it from the second we landed.
The metropolis of Alicante is round 1,260 miles from London. To get there, we selected the way in which you’ll additionally most certainly be utilizing, which is to fly! We flew from Gatwick airport, so to start out our journey in type, we booked ourselves into the Number 1 Lounge. Unlimited food and drinks was a pleasant technique to benefit from the free WiFi, which was excellent for some additional last-minute analysis and filling our Netflix downloads for the aircraft. If you fancy beginning your vacation like a VIP, you should utilize the Holiday Extras app to ebook yours.
Alicante has its personal airport, so getting in is simple. A flight from Gatwick to Alicante takes solely round 2.5 hours. Then, the airport is only a 20 minute drive away from the city centre. Our suggestion? Book your self a personal switch or taxi. The door to door service is essentially the most hassle-free choice. Alternatively, you may take the C6 bus from Alicante Airport into town, which arrives each 20 minutes all through the daytime or as soon as an hour between midnight and 5am, and takes simply 20 minutes.
We wished to soak in as a lot of the Alicante expertise as we may, so we’re doing most of our exploring by foot. Many of the most effective sights in Alicante are all inside strolling distance of each other. We used Google Maps to plan our routes. Perfect if you happen to’re planning on doing numerous strolling, nevertheless it’ll additionally present you your public transport choices too, so that you’ll know if you happen to may save time by opting to catch a tram as a substitute.
Alicante is filled with vitality, so it’s no shock that this metropolis attracts occasion folks, stag do’s and hen nights. But if the place to look, it will also be serene, idyllic and a historical past lover’s paradise… if the place to look.
So on our first morning in Alicante, we made our means over to the Castillo de Santa Barbara to get the most effective views over Alicante. On our means there, we handed the Playa del Postiguet, or Postiguet Beach, and naturally, needed to cease to get pleasure from it.