San Juan Beach
4.2 miles from downtown
Psst! Whisper it, but San Juan’s a secret getaway for Alicantinos. Less packed than Postiguet, its sparkly white sands seem never-ending. Drop by cutesy beach bar Ayrena to savour scrumptious rice-and-fish dishes like the saffron-tinged “arroz a banda”. Then recline on a Balinese bed and gulp chilly horchata to cool off. Mum’s the word, eh?
Places to stay from $31 a night
Alicante City Centre
Alicante’s beating heart embraces all comers. On Explanada de España, camera-toting tourists pour in from the port and fresh-faced students flock towards Postiguet Beach’s clubs. In Canalejas Park, escape the searing sun under the mystical shade of fairytale-esque fig trees. Then feast on flavoursome tapas at El Buen Comer to round off the day.
Places to stay from $16 a night
Situated on Spain’s south-east coastline, the port city of Alicante is home to bars, restaurants and beaches suited to city breaks and stag weekends. Providing everything you need in terms of sunshine and relaxation, Alicante’s Mediterranean climate draws visitors to the area year after year.
Throughout Alicante, you’ll find a selection of bars along La Granadella beach, where you can spend your days in the sunshine chatting to locals and other holidaymakers. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy some of Spain’s best seafood dishes as well as all your standard European cuisines. Alternatively, If culture is what you’re after, head to the Castles of Vinalopó for wine tasting and an immersive experience into the lifestyles of rural Spain.
Away from Alicante’s beaches, you’ll find a selection of day tours offering trips to the Algar waterfalls and other points of nature where you can enjoy canoeing in lagoons and mountain hikes. At the Guadalest Valley you’ll be able to gain an insight into the history of the Spanish region across the centuries, ahead of a backdrop of castles, vineyards and nature reserves.
Alicante is accessible by most UK and European airports with flights available for relatively cheap throughout the year. Additionally, nearby Spanish cities like Murcia and Valencia are easily accessible via internal transport links.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.03|
|Average weekend price||$119 per night|
|Average weekday price||$115 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
It's a place where the majority of bars and restaurants cater for tourists who don't mind spending money of low quality food. The service in most places is below average, if you're not happy don't bother complaining because there will be nothing the staff can do. So many people coming through Alicante, why bother improving things. There'll always be more tourists. I've been coming here for 20 years and things have got progressively worse. Not to be repeated.
Alicante is beautiful and has much to discover. Beautiful beaches, the boulevard, the restaurants, shops and there is a lively nightlife. Benidorm is beautiful and lively too. I absolutely recommend paragliding in Agost (Mihail is the best!). It’s an unforgettable experience! Good Indian food and service at The Indian House and a very nice central market with fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, bread, cake and more. Book a good reviewed place (8+) and enjoy. Would visit again!
It is beautiful. So many gorgeous plazas, wonderful promenade, so much choice for food and good bars. Great shopping too with the added bonus of the beach near by! Easy to get around and people are friendly. One of my all time favourite places to go to.
Loved everything. The narrow streets, typical of Spain. The attractions. The beach with it's soft sand and warm water. The castle is free and the lift is only 2.70 euros, children under 5 and seniors over 65 are free of charge. The mushroom street is very cute for both kids and adults and it's close to a big El Corte Ingles, if you feel like shopping. Avoid the beach front restaurants, the food is poor quality and targeted to tourists. The streets behind have authentic restaurants for great food and better prices. Our favorite was PIPIRRANA VERMUT at Rambla Mendez Nunes. We could not stop ordering tapas, everything was delicious! Arrive early at the beach if you want to get a sunbed and umbrella at 7 euros each, for the whole day until 7pm. Bring snacks and drinks as the bars/restaurants by the beach are not great. There is a 100 Montaditos at the right corner, it sells quick meals and cold beer but there is no take away.
Alicante has a beautiful city center with great restaurants and bars. You can visit castle which is on the hill next to center (5 minutes walk) with amazing view and pirates program. When we were there beach and sea in the city was dirty (mud, algae) and I couldn’t swim there.
We were only there for 3 days, found it difficult to find restaurants, shops. The Albahia was a bit off the beaten track, so a taxi was necessary to get anywhere to eat or shop. Beautiful beach and the hotel was very clean and the air conditioning was a welcome addition. Would stay again for a weekend but not for a long holdiay.
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