I recently visited a friend who has a property agency in Spain, his website is www.javea.properties and on my last day we visited nearby Alicante. Alicante is located on the eastern side of Spain along the Mediterranean coast. This harbour city, located at the base of the Santa Barbara Castle, features sunny beaches and multiple golf courses. This coastal city’s roots are in the Moorish and Christian cultures. In addition to delicious seafood, Alicante is also known for its paella dishes.
Alicante is a harbour city located in the centre of the Costa Bianca on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Located in Spain’s Valencia region, Alicante is about two hours south of Valencia.
Getting There and Around
Alicante is accessible by car, bus and train. By road, Alicante can be reached using the A-7, AP-7 or A-31. Multiple buses arrive daily in Alicante from Barcelona (seven hours), Granada (six hours) and Madrid (five hours). The main train station in Alicante (Estacion Termino) is located on Salamanca Avenue. Multiple trains arrive daily from Barcelona (4 1/2 to six hours), Madrid (four hours) and Valencia (1 1/2 hours). A tram/narrow-gauge train also runs along the coast. It can be reached from the Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat Valenciana station.
Things to Do
Popular activities in Alicante include exploring the city’s many sights, strolling the plazas, sunning on the beach and golfing.
- Santa Barbara Castle
Probably the most obvious sight to see in Alicante is Santa Barbara Castle. The castle was originally built by the Moors during the ninth century. The castle was remodeled by Philip II in the 16th century. The castle was damaged by numerous attacks during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The castle is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Sept. 24 through March 20 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 21 to Sept. 23. Admission is 2.40 euros ($3.35—June 2009 conversion).
Museums to visit in Alicante include the Alicante Provincial Archaeological Museum, located at the Plaza Doctor Gomez Ulla. This museum features exhibits on the area’s ancient history, Iberian and Roman cultures, and life during the Middle Ages. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 1 to June 30; it is closed July 1 through Aug. 31. The price of admission is 3 euros ($4.18). The Gravina Museum of Art (MUBAG), located at Plaza del Ayuntamiendo, features art from the 16th through the 20th centuries. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m Tuesdays through Saturdays, October through April. (May to September hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Admission is free.
Santa Maria Church is the oldest church in Alicante. It was originally built in the 13th century, and then rebuilt in the 15th century after a fire destroyed it. The church is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free.