The Alicante province is bathed by the Mediterranean turquoise waters and is a very popular tourist destination in summer. Visitors are attracted by the pleasant climate, the coastal environment and above all by being a very sunny place all year round, making it a perfect place to find a hotel in Alicante.
People who decide to travel to Alicante province have a good combination of leisure attractions and cultural activities. But without a doubt, the big attractions are the fine sandy beaches, strolling quietly along the promenades and visiting historical monuments and fascinating museums. Alicante has many high-rise buildings and lush gardens, as well as elegant avenues with huge palm trees that break with urban expansion.
In the capital of the province, emerges Santa Barbara’s Castle. It seems to sprout from the stone itself and was strategically located for military purposes. The Islamic Alcazar dates back to the 9th century and would soon be reconquered by Prince Alfonso of Castile. During the reign of Philip II, the castle was renovated in Renaissance style.
Today the castle is open to the public and audio guides and guided tours are available. Tourists are captivated by the castle's interiors, as well as the views and history. The views are one of the highlights and extend along the entire coastline and into the northern hills. There are also temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The archaeological museum is a walk through 100,000 years of history. The collection covers prehistory, the classical period of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Greek, Roman and Iberian artifacts are exhibited. Highlights of the collection include ancient coins, a figure of the goddess Tanit and Iberian ceramics. The medieval exhibition has more than 300 real objects. Another interesting feature of the museum is the recreation of Roman daily life.
Once you are in Alicante city, you have to walk along the Explanada de España or Paseo de la Explanada, a beautiful pedestrian street that extends parallel to the marina. The spectacular thing about this promenade is that it is paved with more than 6 million marble tiles, which produce an impressive mosaic-shaped wave pattern.
In the historic Santa Cruz district is the Basilica of Santa Maria, the oldest church in Alicante. It was built by Catholic kings in the 13th century on top of an old mosque. Originally Gothic in style, the church was remodelled in Baroque style in the 18th century. Another unique feature of the building is that it has two separate bell towers, one built in the 14th century and another in the 18th century.
At the foot of Santa Barbara’s Castle, is the beautiful and extensive beach of fine golden sand and excellent facilities, which includes public baths, showers, rental of water sports, as well as umbrellas and loungers for rent. The calm waters are ideal for swimming and families will appreciate the children's play area.
In Alicante province there are several small coves very popular with divers. In the Cantalar cove you will find small rocky caves just like in the Cala de los Judíos. It is recommended only for adults as nudism is usually done in them.