Alicante

Alicante is a southern Spanish city that’s the capital of the province of the same name. It’s an old Mediterranean port city that’s just as lively today as ever, known for its wide boulevards of palm trees and winding shopping streets. Alicante is a big city with a friendly fishing village atmosphere.

The city is situated right between the mountains and the sea, offering spectacular natural scenery. It has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. Most of Alicante’s sights are within easy walking distance from the old town centre.

The Castle Santa Barbara is a medieval castle that overlooks the city from the summit of Benacantil Mountain. It covers the entire summit and offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding sea. It’s a 9th century castle built by the Moors that preserves the Muslim architecture of the time. It has everything you could want from a castle – canons, a palace, a dungeon, and a moat – as well as a night time illumination that’s stunning to see.

In the town centre is the Castle of San Fernando, built in the 18th century. It offers a more modern, European counterpoint to Santa Barbara’s ancient elegance.

The Promenade Explanada de España is one of the loveliest boulevards in all of Spain. It’s lined with palm trees and has a winding marble floor tile pattern.

Alicante has a variety of beaches to suit all tastes – open beaches to secluded beaches, urban beaches just steps from all the things to do as well as remote nude beaches. All of its beaches are sandy and warm all year around. The premiere beach for sunbathing and swimming is San Juan Beach.

There are no less than a dozen museums located in the city and they show the area’s architecture, fine arts, and history.

Famous cathedrals in Alicante include St. Mary’s Church and the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolas.

Alicante is known for its many festivals held throughout the year, especially the Bonfires of Saint Joan, which is held during the summer solstice. It’s followed by an entire week of nightly fireworks and pyrotechnical displays on the beach. Another important festival is Las Hogueras de San Juan, where giant monuments are built and burned at the festival’s end.

Alicante has something for everyone – castles, beaches, nightlife, and year-round festivals.

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