Alicante in Spain. Alicante is a province and capital city of the same name and located in southern region of Valencia. Alicante is one of the fastest growing cities in Spain. All you need to know about Alicante in Spain.
The economy is based on tourism, wine production and export of fruit and olive oil. Alicante is an ancient city and was founded by the Greeks 324 BC , The city was later ruled by both the Romans and the Moors. Alicante is great for the Mediterranean and has a bit of everything to offer.
In the north we have San Juan, the city’s own “beach resort”, here we find a long beautiful beach, tourist apartments, golf course, restaurants and bars. In summer, when tourists come to San Juan are in festivity. Alicante is great with large avenues and narrow streets from the scenic harbor. Above the town rises the castle Santa Barbara inviting views, relaxation and art exhibitions. Alicante is a shopping town with many opportunities for the shoppers. Right in town is also the city’s beach, which runs north towards even better beaches. With the tram when San Juan is known for having Spain’s finest beach.
Alicante city center
Start city tour by strolling along the beautiful seafront Explanada, the city’s venue and most beautiful park. Here it is enough to look at! Look at the trees, they look like several meters large balls of yarn with hundreds of twisted roots hovering in the sky! Along the promenade are numerous stalls with handicrafts, textiles, jewelery and amber. Otherwise sits city fathers and mothers, often here along Explanada, in designated vulnerable chairs.
Prater, read newspapers or simply consider life. It is almost always shade here from the large palm trees. While you stroll along the park, chairs, jugglers and stalls have great views to the sea. The ability to drink and snacks is also certainly present. In almost Parisian style lies along the promenade a fine selection of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can see and be seen. In the center is the best shopping areas in and around the main streets of the center, ramblas and Avenida Federico Soto / Doctor Gadea.
Also in the Avenida de Maisonnave finds a well-known chain stores and the renowned department store El Corte Ingles. Otherwise we find the shopping center Panoramis, which is down by havnemarinaen on explanada western end, and shopping center, Centro Comercial Gran Vía on the north side of town. At the University there is a huge outlet stores, where one can get a bargain on famous brands.
Santa Bárbara castle in Alicante
On top of Benacantil mountain looms the giant fort. Wherever you are in Alicante, see Santa Barbara 166 meters above the cityscape. The fort has been a prime target for conquest throughout history. Despite constant attacks and destruction, the fort managed through the toughest battles. To the delight of all tourists and history buffs in our time. The easiest way to get to the fort is to either take the train to Alicante and get off in the harbor, or park your car in the large underground parking garage in the harbor.
From the harbor there are two minutes to walk to the elevator that brings you up to the fort. You stand with your back to the beach, you will see the entrance to the elevator across the street. “Castillo de Santa Barbara” reads a large sign. A long tunnel leads you into the elevator. It costs 2.40 pero person trip / return, and you can choose to get off at the lower or upper levels of the castle. The Castle consists namely of three plateaus, of which the top is the oldest. Castle Santa Barbara. Situated on top of the 166 m. high mountain Benacantil which is right in front of you when you come to Alicante from the north. Originally fortress Arabic, but Alfonso the Castilla conquered it and called it Santa Barbara.
The Castle was long a ruin, but today stands it as a well-restored medieval castle used for fiestas and exhibitions. The view from the top of the castle to be experienced. From Explanadaen down by the harbor goes electric elevator inside the mountain, right up to the top of Santa Barbara. Ask for the elevator: (phonetic notation) Assensår al Kastiii-jo Santa Barrbara. Inside the castle you will find an interesting exhibition Hispanic sculptures and here there is also a cafeteria for those who are hungry and thirsty. The whole summer they have here concerts.
Old Town Alicante
Like many other Spanish cities also Alicante has a “old town”, with charming narrow streets, old apartment buildings with beautiful decorations, small shops and tapas restaurants side by side. But it has not always been the case, for only a few decades ago, the old city about to fall apart, and was seen as “the bad part of town”. With a government initiative was district refurbished and given back to its former glory. Buildings that are worth seeing in the old town, the “Iglesia de Santa Maria” the city’s oldest church built on the ruins of a mosque, Concatedralde San Nicolas de Bari from the 1600s and Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina.
At the foot of the Benacantil, finds a Barrio de Santa Cruz, which is the oldest inhabited area in Alicante. On Sundays and Thursdays from 10 to 1430 they have here, behind the town hall, market with old coins, stamps, antiques and crafts. The narrow streets of Barrio with pleasant small restaurants, affordable hotels and interesting shops is certainly worth a visit.
Promenade in Alicante
In the center of Alicante, one can not fail to find the city’s lovely promenade “Explanada d’Espanya.” Here are walking one in a pattern of 6.6 million black, red and cream colored tiles. On a walk along the promenade facing a restaurants, playgrounds, musicians and countless stalls with handicraft art and souvenirs, and if one wishes it is possible to dip your toes in the Mediterranean.
On the south side is havnemarinaen Puerto Viejo with hundreds of boats of all sizes, and on the north side of outdoor restaurants and bars. East of havnemarinaen it has in recent years emerged a new and modern entertainment area with cinemas, new restaurants and bars.
The harbor is Alicante’s main part and the trot read part of town. Will you look into the harbor as stroll a short distance north of the hotel Melia. Here at the pier there is a variety of shops and eateries. In the summer they also have outdoor concerts here.
The port is made to a Photo Tour and if you want you can take the local boat out to the island Tabarca. The trip takes less than one hour and here there is a lot and seeing opportunities to both food and accommodation. Alicante receives annual visits from several cruise ships than any other port in Spain.
Alicante Airport El Altet
El Altet Airport is the 6th busiest airport in Spain, and among the 50 busiest in Europe. The new airport was opened on 23 March 2011. The airport currently has a passenger mass at 9 million a year, but has a capacity of 20 million. Alicante airport, El Altet, is one of the most profitable airports. From Norway’s flying the best way to get to Alicante Airport, both Norwegian, SAS and Ryan Air has direct flights from several cities in Norway. Alicante airport “El Altet” lying just 20 minutes from downtown, and there is no problem getting from the airport to the city center by either bus or taxi. Read more about Alicante Airport
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