Hidden Gem : Alicante

Hidden Gem : Alicante – We’ve heard about it that is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, with a lot to offer for tourists, so we’ve decided to visit it.

So whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore historic landmarks, or have local food and drink, Alicante has plenty to offer.

Best things to do in Alicante

1. Santa Barbara Castle

A castle on top of Mount Benacantil, which is among the top attractions in Alicante. This stunning castle dates back from 9th century and offers amazing panoramic views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. It’s very nice to walk around and explore the castle and it’s history, definitely a must do while in Valencia.

From Alicante city center it’s about 6-7 minutes drive, and then a short walk from the parking to arrive at the castle. Also up there you will find a nice restaurant with very nice views where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

View from Santa Barbara Castle Alicante
View from Santa Barbara Castle Alicante

2. Alicante Old Town

Believe me, you don’t want to leave Alicante without taking a long walk on the streets of Alicante’s Old Town❤️ Just imagine….charming neighborhood filled with narrow streets, houses with their walls painted in joyful colors, small historical buildings and quaint squares, it’s a very picturesque area of Alicante.

P.S. : Don’t miss the Barrio de Santa Cruz! This is indeed a Hidden Gem of Alicante.

Alicante Old Town streets
Alicante Old Town

3. Explanada de España

Enjoy the sunny days by walking on this picturesque promenade filed with palm trees, cafe bars, small shops and restaurants. It is one of the Alicante’s emblems, don’t miss a walk here!

Explanada de España Alicante

4.  El Palmeral – Elche🌴

I will just say: thousands of palm trees fill the city🌴. Yep, that’s Elche and it’s palm trees gardens.

If you want to enjoy a walk in the nature among a lot of palm tress you should visit the Municipal Park of Elche. You can reach there by taking a bus from Alicante.

Parc Municipal El Palmeral Elche
Parc Municipal El Palmeral Elche
Parc Municipal El Palmeral Elche

5. Mercat Central d’Alacant (Mercado Central de Alicante)

Well, as I mentioned also in my previous blog post about Valencia, I love this type of markets found in Spain. Alicante’s market it’s also worth visiting, you will find a lot of offers from fresh products, seafood, fruits and local specialties 😍


Where to stay in Alicante? 🗺

We stayed at Alicante Grand Sol hotel and booked a Standard Room with view. We received a room with balcony with a stunning view to the Alicante Marina. The bathroom thought, was very small and the room could have been better. But, overall it was a nice stay.

The location of the hotel is very good, located right near the Explanada de España.

Hidden Gem : Alicante Marina by night
Balcony view - by night -
Hidden Gem : Alicante Marina by day
Balcony view - by day -

You can also check this blog for some other extra things to do in Alicante! Hope you enjoyed my article and it will help you on planning your itinerary for Alicante. 

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