Properties for sale in Alicante, Valencia, Spain
The Alicante area guide
Alicante, set on the historic Costa Blanca coastline, has the second largest population in the Valencian Community. The city has stood in one form of another for thousands of years as a defensive city or trading port, but in more recent times Alicante has seen an influx of tourism and growth to accommodate this.
Still growing today - flourishing in fact - Alicante draws thousands of tourists each year from the UK, Europe, and beyond. As a city geared around tourism, there’s very little Alicante can’t offer, hosting the very best of the Mediterranean, and just a few things that the rest doesn’t.
Sights and attractions
Famed for its long sandy beaches and beautiful waters, Alicante can sometimes be mistaken for being just a beach resort, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With a rich history dating back thousands of years, the city is soaked in history. This combination of history, culture, and some of the best tourist provisions in Spain helps set Alicante apart from other Spanish destinations.
That aside cosmopolitan history aside, Alicante’s main attraction to the thousands that flock there each year remains its beaches. The main beach in the city is Playa del Postiguet, with its long sandy shores and promenades making it a focal point in Alicante. Other popular beaches include Playa del Coco and Juan Beach, which offer similarly excellent sandy shores along with activities on and off the water for anyone looking to do more than just enjoy the sun.
This history of Alicante can be seen amongst its many churches and ancient buildings which highlight its long, and at points, turbulent past. One of these points of interest, and undoubtedly its most popular is the Castle of Santa Barbara. At its oldest point, this castle dates back to ninth century, with varying ages of development throughout. This, however, is not the most impressive aspect of the castle. From the top of Mount Benacantil where the castle sits, the views afford an impressive view of the city unmatched elsewhere in the area. Further down from the castle you can visit the Santa Maria Church with its simple, yet exquisite, carvings around the entrance, stained glass windows, and beautiful paintings within. With so much to see and do, there’s no shortage of attractions to Alicante, the only problem you may have is deciding which one you want to visit first.
Restaurants and Cafes
Thanks to the successful influx of tourists and expats alike, Alicante provides numerous and varied restaurants, eateries, bars, and cafes. With somewhere to eat or stop for a drink on almost every corner, you will not be short of choice. For those looking for something more local, Alicante has tapas and Spanish restaurants in abundance. The best way to sample the local food is to join a tapas trail and taste the best that each of the local restaurants has to offer.
As well-known as the beaches, the night life in Alicante is substantial. From family venues to party venues, Alicante has them all. Whatever your reasons for wanting to explore la vida nocturna, you will find that Alicante accommodates for all.
With several malls, shopping streets, independent retailers, and supermarkets in the city, there is no shortage of places to shop - Alicante is a large city and has all the shopping provisions of one. Whether you’re looking to furnish a property, add to your summer wardrobe, or simply get the weekly shop in, you’re spoilt for choice. For those wanting a more upmarket shopping experience, the city is very well connected to others such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, with regular train services running daily.
Alicante is serviced by a major airport of the same name and receives regular flights from both the UK and Europe. In addition to the airport, Alicante has very good rail and ferry services serving other Spanish destinations such as Madrid and the Balearic Islands. Moving around locally is also very easy, with bus and tram connections around the city and along the coast. For those looking to stay within the city, the local transport is sufficient, however, if you wish to explore the area further afield, then a car would be more appropriate.
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