Alicante is found in the south-east of Spain, in the south of the Region of Valencia, in the heart of the Costa Blanca. The city features typical Mediterranean landscapes of beaches alternating with mountainous terrain.
Its beaches, which year after year receive the “Blue Flag” award from the European Union, are the major attraction of Alicante. The most famous beaches are those of San Juan, Almadraba, Albufereta, Postiguet, Saladares – Urbanova and the bays of Cabo de las Huertas.
The Island of Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Region of Valencia. It is found in a small archipelago that includes the islands of LaCantera, La Galera and La Nao, right in front of the city, 11 nautical miles out to sea and near the Promontory of Santa Pola.
The historic centre
The historic centre, at the foot of this fortress, hides an interesting religious and civil architectural heritage, the emblematic Explanada de España (Spain Esplanade), a traditional recreational area for local residents.
The civil buildings of particular interest and worthy of a visit are: the Town Hall, the central market, the Maisonnave and Carbonell buildings, the Alicante Theatre or the Teatro Principal, as it is known locally, and the Arniches Theatre.
Archaeological site of Lucentum
The archaeological site of Lucentum is also well worth visiting. Situated just 3 km from the centre of the city, in the area of Tossal de Manises, it was the Roman city of Lucentum and has very important archaeological remains.
As is the Canalejas Park, which is situated near the sea and the Explanada de España, and is one of Alicante’s most popular parks, famous for its ancient ficus trees that cover the entire length of the park with their shade. Other parks, dotted over the entire city, are pleasant for a break. One of the most striking is La Santisima Faz Square, which is situated behind the town hall, and has tall palm trees and is one of the gateways to the old city.
The tipical dishes
Alicante’s cuisine is typically Mediterranean, and the history of the city, its geographical position, the climate and the fertility of the soil confer a richness and variety to the gastronomy of the region. Rice is the staple ingredient of all dishes and plays a leading role in a large number of dishes, combined with chicken, fish, seafood, meat and vegetables. Alicante is also famous for its salty snacks, “saladas cocas“, which are based on tuna or sardines, and its “esmorzaret alacantí“, a dish containing salted sardines, fried egg and chilli.