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12 Top Things To Do in Alicante, Spain
- Jonathan Chum
Alicante, or Alacant as it's known in Spanish, is the third-largest city and capital of the autonomous community of Valencia on Spain's east coast. This historic city is known for its rich architectural heritage and great beaches. With plenty to do and see, you'll never run out of things to do in Alicante!
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park is an excellent place to take the kids. It has rides, a Ferris wheel, and even a roller coaster---and you can take in all the sights from above on the cable car ride. The park also has some fun attractions for adults who want to relive their youth by riding on the same rides they rode as children. Just don't compare your experiences with those of your children!
Sagrada Familia is a masterpiece of Gaudi architecture and the most visited monument in Spain. It is also the largest church in the world, but it has not been completed yet. The construction started more than 100 years ago and continues today, although it's been slowed down considerably over time due to a lack of funds and disagreements between Gaudi's successors. Sagrada Familia has been on UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1984, so there are strict rules about how you can photograph this place: no flash or tripod allowed!
Camp Nou Barcelona FC stadium
On your way to Camp Nou, you may want to consider stopping at the FC Barcelona Museum. This museum celebrates the history of the club and its players, and it also displays some spectacular trophies won by the team. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am until 6 pm.
The stadium itself is without question one of the most famous sporting venues in Europe, if not all of world football (or soccer). It has hosted matches for multiple European finals and World Cups, as well as hosting many matches by both national teams and clubs. The stadium has been renovated several times over its lifetime and now holds 99,354 spectators at full capacity---making it the largest stadium in Europe!
Visit the Castle of Santa Barbara
The Castle of Santa Barbara is a 16th-century fortress located in the city of Alicante. It was built by the Spanish to defend the city from pirates and corsairs who would attack at night, as well as any attacks by land.
The castle is now a popular tourist attraction and can be visited by the public.
Take a walk along the gorgeous promenade overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
Let's start at the beginning. The promenade is a walkway that winds along the Mediterranean Sea, offering you some of the best views in Alicante. This is a great place to take your time and soak in the beauty of Spain's landscape. You'll also want to take a stroll here at night---the lights of the city make for an incredible show!
Experience a wonderful boat ride across the bay
The best way to experience the city is on a boat ride across the bay. You can see all of Alicante from the sea, and there are multiple destinations you can stop at along the way. You could go to one of their many beaches for some sunbathing, or you could stop off at one of their many restaurants for a meal. If you're feeling adventurous, maybe even rent out a kayak and take it around yourself! Some tours include different sights such as underwater caves and secluded coves along with other activities like swimming or diving in caves where fish live!
Whatever you choose to do in Alicante, Spain just remember---it's worth it!
Eat tapas, paella, and Arroz negro in one of the many charming restaurants in town
While you're in Alicante, make sure to try the many different types of tapas. Tapas are small dishes that are served in bars and restaurants in Spain. They allow you to sample a variety of foods without having to commit to one main course.
In Alicante, some popular types of tapas include:
Patatas bravas -- Fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and mayonnaise
Pulpo -- Octopus cooked with potatoes, onion, and paprika
Gambas al ajillo -- Shrimp sautéed in garlic butter sauce with parsley (great if you love seafood)
Jamón serrano con miel de caña -- Cured ham glazed with honey from sugar cane (a traditional way of serving pork for over 100 years)
Taste some wine from local vineyards at Bodega San Fernando
If you're into wine, Bodega San Fernando is a great place to visit. Located on the outskirts of Alicante, it's one of the oldest wineries in Spain and was founded in 1883. The vineyards cover a total area of more than 60 hectares and produce over 300 varieties of wine.
The tours are self-guided and last about 45 minutes to an hour; they start every half hour from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays, and 8 am to 2 pm on weekends. You'll learn how the grapes are harvested by hand (usually by local women), taken back to the winery for crushing and fermentation, then aged for several months until they're ready for consumption. You'll even get tips on how best to store your bottles at home!
The tasting room offers four different wines that you can taste according to your preference: rosé or dry reds from cava (a sparkling wine), tempranillo (red), or viura (white). If none of this appeals then there's also an option where they'll let you try two types instead---but it could cost an extra 6 euros per person if booked directly through Bodega San Fernando itself rather than through our website link below."
Walk around the marina and check out all the yachts
The marina is a great place to check out some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also rent one for the day and take it out on your adventure!
Spend an afternoon at Playa del Postiguet, a trendy beach lined with bars and restaurants
Playa del Postiguet is a trendy beach lined with bars and restaurants. The walk to the boardwalk is pleasant, but you'll have even more fun once you get there. You'll find plenty of people-watching opportunities and some of the best food in the Mediterranean.
If you're looking for something a little different than what you would normally find at an average beach, Playa del Postiguet is worth checking out!
Admire modern architecture at Hästens Store
Hästens is a Swedish furniture store that sells high-quality, stylish furniture. You can buy a bed at Hästens and sleep in it for the rest of your life!
Located on Calle San Vicente Mártir 9 in Alicante, Spain, this beautiful store is well worth the visit if you're into modern architecture or just looking to buy some high-quality beds.
End your day with a walk down Explanada de Espana, where you can admire pretty mosaic-tiled benches and enjoy sea views at sunset
End your day with a walk down Explanada de Espana, where you can admire pretty mosaic-tiled benches and enjoy sea views at sunset. The street is named after the Spanish football team that won the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa and hosted by Spain.
The wide promenade offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea and hosts various events throughout the year, including a Christmas market spanning almost one kilometer long! It also serves as an excellent spot for people-watching or just relaxing with friends in the sun.
When it comes to getting there, simply follow Calle San Agustin until you reach Calle Orfila; then take another left onto Avda Gran Vía until you come upon it.
Alicante is a beautiful and lively city that offers something for everyone. Whether you are looking to explore the history, take in some culture or try out some new cuisine, Alicante has something for you. There's never been a better time than now to visit this charming city!