Alicante

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Alicante hillside view

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Sun, sea and sand seekers often look to Alicante in the south of Spain to fulfil their every need, and with good reason too. The Mediterranean climate means high temperatures pretty much all year round. But those looking to mix a sun-drenched break with the added bonus of a look into Spanish history and culture will find it right here.

Visitors can be lapping up the waves and rays on Alicante’s numerous beaches after just a three-hour flight from Shannon. Playa del Postiguet and Playa San Juan are two of the most busy and popular, but those looking for a quieter spot to while away an afternoon are also spoiled for choice – Playa del Coco is just one of the area’s calmer sand and sun traps.

First thing’s first though. When you land at Alicante’s international airport, you’ll be a mere nine kilometres from the city centre. A 15-minute taxi journey costs roughly €20 while the bus journey from the main terminal is more reasonably priced at just over €1 per person, but it can take up to 45 minutes. If you’re travelling on to another resort in the region, check local bus and taxi fares before you arrive.

Accommodation

With 245 kilometres of coastline, shoreside accommodation options are varied and plentiful in the Alicante region. Benidorm, Denia, Torrevieja and Calpe are some of the most popular destinations and all have 1-5 star options on offer. Prices vary wildly of course, and increase markedly in the spring and summer months. Those on a budget can still find a modestly priced roof over their heads at most times of the year though.

Explore

When you’ve settled into your nest for the duration of your stay here, get ready to explore. The entire region has a whole lot more to it than just its magnificent beaches – architecture buffs, in particular, will have a field day. Mercado Central, a fine example of 20th century design, should be your starting point. Foodies will also find an eclectic mix of fish, meats, cheeses and vegetables available at the market here too.

If there’s time, head to Guadalest Valley. You’re more than compensated for the 90-minute drive from Torrevieja by the views that greet you when you get there. Relax in the village of Guadalest while you’re up there and mingle with the 200 locals while sampling some sumptuous tapas. It’s best to plan a day trip given the distance involved from the most popular resorts but you’ll find it’s worth it.

Tee it up

Every year, golfers from all over the world flock to the Alicante region. Fair weather players are almost always in luck and with plenty of courses to choose from, there’s a tee time available for everyone. It’s best to book well in advance to take advantage of discounted green fees – you could end up forking out upwards of €70 per player otherwise.

The Alicante region might be well known for attracting a young, party-hungry crowd, but those looking for a slower-paced break with the chance to uncover the many hidden gems that the area has to offer, are well catered for too.

Five for free

  • Soak it in

    Huge stretches of beach snake Alicante’s coastline. Some of the very best are Guardamar del Segura and La Granadella in Javea, but there are plenty of other spectacular spots to be found. You’ll be charged up to €4 to rent a sun lounger for the day so bring your beach towel along and bask without breaking the bank.

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    Beach view in Alicante
  • Fish for free

    If it’s a day away from the beach you’re after, then a spot of fishing might just do the trick. Even if it’s not high on your list of priorities, spending a day at one of the many fisheries here can be extremely therapeutic. Best of all, lots of the fisheries are free of charge. You may need permission from the relevant authorities so check at a local tourist office first. If it’s for you, Embalse de Guadalest, Pantano de Beniarres and Embalse de la Pedrera are some of the best areas.

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    Fishing in Alicante
  • Go Green

    There’s plenty of parks dotted throughout the city of Alicante so ditch the sand for an hour or two. El Palmeral Park is a tranquil escape in an otherwise bustling part of town, and with regular music events, puppet shows and children’s theatre, there’s plenty to occupy the whole family.

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    Parks in Alicante
  • Take a hike

    Rough terrain is synonymous with the area surrounding Alicante making it a hiker’s dream. There are less difficult trails for the amateurs amongst you to enjoy, so while the sun’s up, climb the hills and take in the breath-taking views from on high.

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    Hiking around Alicante
  • Or take a bike

    If ambling through dirt trails and climbing over rocks isn’t your thing, take a bike ride through your nearest city and view some of the impressive structures that stretch to the skyline. If your base is near Orihuela, the old town has a host of structural marvels including three palaces (one is now a tourist information centre; another a library) and the Santa Domingo church, which was erected in the 16th century and is now a national monument.

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    Cycling around Alicante
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