29 August 2012
Summer Holidays in Alicante!
Set in a dramatic location between the mountains and the sea, Alicante is one of the most sought-after tourist resorts in Spain, and very popular with international vacationers. Besides beautiful beaches, historic landmarks and green parks, Alicante also boasts a truly international culture that offers global cuisine, fantastic shopping and entertainment that lasts all night long.
Millions of tourist which choose to spend their holidays in Spain, annually flock to Alicante. Some of the notable attractions in the city include: the San Nicolas Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Maria – two wonderful examples of ancient architecture; the stunning Castle of Santa Barbara, a medieval fortress in the heart of the city built by the Moors in the tenth century; Parks like El Palmeral and Canalejas Park – which offer holidaymakers green oases in the city, with lakes, playgrounds, walking trails, and innumerable fun activities to enjoy in the sun of warm summer days.
The Rambla de Méndez Núñez is the main shopping avenue of Alicante. Here tourists can find local handicrafts, leather goods and jewelry in the numerous shops, or just take a stroll through the wide boulevards and shady alleyways, with an eye on the grand buildings on both sides of the streets, including the town hall and cathedral, which offer the chance to take in some of Alicante’s rich history.
As for all of Spain, also Alicante is well-known for its cuisine, and offers everything from world-class restaurants around the marina area to hundreds of tapas bars scattered across the city, able to match any requirement. Calle San Francisco boasts of some of the finest restaurants in the city and those who are looking for some cheap tapas restaurants and bars can head towards Plaza de Montaceta and Town Hall square.
And then we go with nightlife: around El Puerto, El Barrio and Esplanada areas, there’s a wide range of bars and clubs offering everything from Spanish music to electronica, while the chiringuitos built along the beaches are the perfect place to grab a cocktail in the sand.
And speaking about sand, people from all over the world come to Alicante to relax on long and sandy beaches and experience a true Spanish flavour and charm. There are over half a dozen beaches in the area to choose from. From the busiest to the most quiet and remote, Alicante’s beaches are undoubtedly the province’s major tourist attraction. Their popularity is owed to the quality of the waters and sand as well as the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. The best Alicante beaches include El Postiguet, San Juan, El Cocó, and the beaches at El Cabo de Las Huertas.
One last information. Alicante is also known for its colourful festivals and summer is the perfect season to party in Spain! The Alicante summer festival is usually celebrated from July to the end of August at the Alicante port. An opportunity for families and friends to enjoy their time in an environment filled with brilliant dance, music and drama.
Whether you want to relax and enjoy the (year-round!) good weather or explore the many exciting sights holidays Alicante can offer, there’s something for everyone in this charming Spanish city.
Photo by mermadon_1967