Alicante on the east coast of Spain, provides beautiful boulevards and pleasant shopping streets, is one of the most well-known towns on the Costa Blanca.The coast of Alicante and the Costa Blanca owes its name to the beaches stretching for several kilometers and attracts many sun worshippers and pleasure seekers.
The city of Alicante is the capital of its own province and it is also the second most important city in the Valencia district of Spain.
The Costa Blanca (white coast) has helped put Alicante on the map, generating a major tourist attraction with its kilometers of sandy beaches. However, Alicante has created more interest since it transformed itself from a rather rundown old town and into a stylish city, with its new harbour complex, clean beaches, outstanding museums, exceptional shops and throbbing nightlife.
With a population of about 330,000, Alicante appeals to many travellers who wish to take a break from their busy lifestyles in order to visit this sunny, easy going, sea port city. Here one can not only relax along the stunning beaches, but also discover the great historical monuments the city has to offer. In contrast to other surrounding resorts like Benidorm, the city of Alicante differentiates itself as being the cultural capital of the Costa Blanca.
Alicante’s location between the mountains and sea provides the city with a captivating beauty which is complimented by a rich cultural history. The city’s main landmark, the Castillo de Santa Barbara which is situated on Mount Benacantil is an exceptional example of the Moorish history in Alicante's past.
Although Alicante has reinvented itself into a modern city with endless entertainment, it has not lost its Spanish roots. With its warm and friendly inhabitants, its traditional festivities lighting up the city all year round, and its fresh sea-food paella dish straight out of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, the city of Alicante has the right balance for everyone.