I am looking forward to sharing with you another favourite Spanish city of mine, Alicante which I visited back in Jan. This is not an overly popular tourist destination outside of Spain and Europe. Alicante is a port city on the southeastern coast of Spain, it is near Valencia just about 2 hour’s drive away. I had 2 nights in Alicante. So excited to be visiting a new city. I will be staying right on the promenade and just next to Passeig Esplanada d’Espanya at Casa Alberola so do check that out if you would like to find a place to stay in Alicante as well. Follow me in checking out a new city.
I did not do much in the city and Alicante also does not come with a huge number of attractions that you have to visit. Whenever I visit a new place, I love to just take a stroll around the city and wander around aimlessly to soak in the vibes and get a feel of the place and this is exactly what you should be doing here in Alicante. The city is famous for its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz which has narrow streets, coloured houses and a nightlife scene. Check out some of the pictures here. Alicante also has a rather bustling shopping scene and you can find the main shopping district to the west of the city centre.
When in Alicante, you definitely have to take a stroll down the promenade near the waters and here you can check out the lineup of yacht.
This is also a great spot to catch the sunset. The views are gorgeous. The sunrise and sunsets are impeccable here in Alicante
Passeig Esplanada d’Espanya is another place that you cannot miss out, the gorgeous avenue is lined up with palm trees and terraces. You can find plenty of restaurants and bars here. I love the tiled flooring.
What’s with visiting a coastal city without the beach. The beach is a huge draw for Mediterranean cities and Alicante no doubt has a really lovely one too. The Playa del Postiquet! You can easily walk to the beach from the city centre and this place is still super popular even in the off-season. I can’t imagine how crowded it will be in the summer.
My favourite attraction in Alicante got to be Santa Bárbara Castle. This 9th-century Muslim castle is located on a hilltop to the north of the city. It boasts an amazing view of the city as well as the Mediterranean from Mount Benacantil. The grounds are expansive and nice to explore. You can get to the grounds using a bus or the elevator from the street. I drove to the castle since I had a car. Parking is quite limited here so you have to come early. The entrance is free but you do have to pay a fee to use the elevator. There are some exhibitions and things to see up there but my favourite part is always the view. The fortress boasts an amazing view of the bay of Alicante.
The views are expansive from here. I took so many pictures here.
I did not visit a lot of places in Alicante. It is a very laid-back and chill place on the southern coast of Spain. The best thing to do here is to soak in the vibes and enjoy the sunshine as well as the beach. I love Santa Barbara Castle with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast as well as the beach. The place is awesome! I love how bustling it is. It is so pretty. Another thing that you should not miss would be the sunsets and sunrise here. I love it so much and looking forward to being back one day in the summer. I don’t think that this is a place that you will specifically come to visit but you should not miss out on Alicante if you are ever in the region. Next up, Valencia!