Sun, sand and fascinating history are the reasons that so many people choose to holiday in Alicante. The weather in this seaside city is fabulous and there is always something new to do and to explore. Whether you like shopping and dining or you prefer to relax at the beach, you can do it all in Alicante. The city is also rich in history with many splendid churches, castles and museums to explore. Most places can be reached by foot or alternatively you can rent a cheap car in Alicante to get you where you want to go. Here are some of the top attractions you should visit on your trip to Alicante.
The Castle of Santa Barbara
This 16th century castle rests on the top of a hillside overlooking the town Alicante The walk from the edge from old town is about fifteen. The view from the top of the is outstounding, There is also a café where you can enjoy refreshing drink or salad. The site itself is free but you can also choose to visit the museum to learn more about the castle.
St Mary’s Church
This Gothic style church was constructed in the 14th century. The church is actually built on the remnants of a much older Moorish mosque. This exquisite church features a Baroque portal, a Rococo alter and a number of interesting 15th century art works.
San Juan Beach
If you are looking to relax by the seaside then you will want to visit San Juan beach. The incredible beach can be found north of the town of Alicante. It is suitable for swimming and water sports or just lying back and taking in the sun. Surrounding the beach are some great cafés, bars and restaurants for your to enjoy. You will want to hire a car in Alicante to reach San Juan beach or alternatively you can reach the beach by bus.
If you are visiting the Old Town area of Alicante you will want to take in the Gravina Palace. Housed inside of the palace is the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts. The Palace was constructed in the second half of the 18th century and features some remarkable Spanish artworks from the period.
No trip to Alicante is complete without a trip to the Alicante Marine. This lively and luxurious marina is home to a number of cafés and bars. It also is shoppers heaven with an excellent range of brand name and designer goods. Enjoy a sunny afternoon of shopping, dining and checking out luxury yachts and boats.