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Welcome to Alicante

Thanks to its proximity to the nearby airport and its pretty beaches, the provincial capital of Alicante has itself become a popular destination for visitors.

Flights to Alicante from Cork Airport

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Things to do here

Alicante’s defining attraction is the long curving beach and waterfront that attracts sun worshippers almost all year long. But the city also boasts an attractive castle, the Santa Bárbara, which overlooks the coast from high above the modern city, in addition to a busy old quarter and a vibrant restaurant and bar scene. The city’s streets are busy at night and both the local population and visitors like to eat, drink and party late. 


To Eat

  1. Popular with the locals,  Cantina Villahelmy has lots of regional snacks, excellent salads and a menu that features dishes from couscous to octopus. Address: Calle Mayor 37. Phone: +34 965 21 25 29
  2. Seafood, which arrives fresh and daily from local markets, is at the heart of the menu at Piripi. There’s also a huge variety of tapas and a house speciality that changes daily. The restaurant is located a short walk from the city centre.

To Stay

  1. Three-star hotel set at the foot of Santa Barbara Castle, Hotel Maya Alicante is a five minute walk from the main beach and 10 minutes from the city centre. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, free Wifi and a gym with panoramic views. The hotel provides an entertainment programme for adults and children during July and August. 
  2. Hospes Amérigo is an elegant design hotel set in a 19th-century Dominican Convent in Alicante’s old town, 300 metres from Postiguet Beach. With beautiful views of Alicante Cathedral and Santa Bárbara Castle, the hotel’s free rooftop spa features a sauna, pool and gym.

Castillo de Santa Barbára Outdoor fun

There are sweeping views over the city from this 16th-century castle, which houses a museum recounting the history of the city. It’s an energetic walk up to the castle but a pleasant stroll back down to Plaza del Carmen.


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante Cultural

The museum, inside the 17th-century Casa de la Asegurada, has an excellent collection of 20th-century Spanish art, including works by Dalí, Miró and Picasso.


Lucentum History

The Roman town of Lucentum, an early incarnation of Alicante, is where excavations have revealed a rich wealth of pottery. You can make out its clearly defined streets and town plan. Getting there. By bus: 9, 21. Tram: Coastal Tram.


Beaches Scenic

Playa Postiguet - the promenade goes along the full length of the long beach and is flanked by palm trees. Playa La Albufereta - picturesque small bay a couple of miles up the coast from the Postiguet. Playa de San Juan - Alicante's longest and best beach with 7km of golden sand. Playa Muchavista - the continuation of San Juan beach.