Alicante is Valencia's second-largest town and the entry way to Spain's Costa Blanca. White sand beaches and aqua blue water are the main draw of the town, although you can enjoy Spanish culture, history and nightlife in Alicante as well. If you tire of the sun and sand in Alicante, the town is a great base for exploring the southern Mediterranean coast.
When to Go
Beach weather is from April to early November, although you may want to avoid the hordes of tourists that flock to Costa Blanca in July.
Alicante's El Altet Airport is serviced by Britain-based budget airline Ryan Air, among others. If you can't fly directly to El Altet, Alicante is easily reached by bus or train from Valencia, Murcia and Madrid.
You can get a great view of the city from Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Other tourist destinations include the Roman ruins of Lucentum and the city's three museums: Museo Arqueológico Provincial, Museu de Fogueres and Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina.
Tourists can swim, sail, fish, jet ski and dive on the Mediterranean shore.
Chill with cherubs at the Celestial Copas, a funky café full of religious memorabilia. Jazz lovers can check out Desdén Café Bar, while the clubbing crowd can head to the El Barrio district to dance the night away at one the area's many discotecas. Spain's clubbing scene doesn't get pumping until after 2 a.m., so don't bother showing up at a disco before then unless you want the whole dance floor to yourself.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.