10 Of The Best Things To Do In Alicante

Spend the day lounging on one of Alicante’s most famous beaches for its one-of-a-kind castle and mountain views.

Alicante, Spain
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Located on Spain’s Costa Blanca is Alicante, a city rich in history, culture, and gastronomical delights. Alicante’s charm lies not only in its tourist attractions but also in its people, their customs, and their zest for life. So, whether you’re exploring centuries-old castles, lounging on sandy beaches, or sampling tapas at bustling markets; every moment spent in this city is a celebration of life.

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Castillo de Santa Bárbara, 03002 Alicante, Spain

Perched on top of Mount Benacantil is the imposing Castillo de Santa Barbara, which boasts panoramic views of Alicante and the Mediterranean Sea. This castle was built to be one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, and it invites travelers on a journey through time with its ancient ruins and fascinating tales. The history of this site can be traced back to 9th-century Moorish rule.

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Playa del Postiguet

Alicante’s crown jewel, Platja del Postiguet, is a pristine sandy beach located a short distance from Castillo de Santa Barbara, which stretches along the city’s edge. Here, travelers can rent jet skis, paddle boats, kayaks, or go parasailing. There is also an accessible-friendly entrance for both the beach and water. Children can let loose in one of the many designated play areas placed along every entrance.

Playa de Postiguet

Explanada de España

Running parallel to the port, Explanada de España is perfect for an evening walk or a morning jog. The rows of palm trees and vibrant atmosphere make it a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Travelers can set their eyes on this mosaic-tiled floor, which has over 6 million marble tiles forming a tricolored wave pattern. During summertime, travelers can take advantage of the craft fair, where vendors sell handmade bags, beachwear, clothing, and much more.

Explanada de Espana
Explanada de Espana. PHOTO NATALIA GUERRA

Santa Iglesia Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari de Alicante

Plaza de, Pl. del Abad Penalva, 2, 03002 Alicante, Spain

A stunning example of Spanish Renaissance architecture is the Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari, a peaceful sanctuary amidst Alicante’s bustling city life. Dating back to the 17th century, this church is well known for its intricate gold structures and carvings built on mosque ruins. The most notable feature of this building is its gold altarpiece of Las Ánimas, constructed with precise attention to detail.

Cocathedral de San Nicolas de Bari
Cocathedral de San Nicolas de Bari. PHOTO NATALIA GUERRA

Museo The Ocean Race

Mlle. Levante, 10, 03001 Alicante, Spain

Virtually sail the seven seas at the Ocean Race Museum, an interactive space dedicated to displaying nautical technology history from 1973 to present day. In this one-of-a-kind establishment, visitors can learn about how to protect ocean life and explore simulations of this exceptional race. Since 2008, Alicante has been a starting point for this event, which lasts 6 months at a time and makes 8 stops along the way.

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Canelobre Caves (Cuevas del Canelobre)

carretera cuevas canelobre, CV-776, 03111, Alicante, Spain

Take a day trip to the small mountain village of Busot to explore the Canelobre Caves. Located at an altitude of 2,295 feet on the Cabeçó D’Or mountain range, this exhibition is a 30-minute drive from Alicante. This historical site is believed to be over 145 million years old and can be found after passing through a 148-foot-long tunnel. For more day trips, check out the best places to visit in Spain.

Basilica of St Mary of Alicante

Pl. Sta. María, 1, 03001 Alicante, Spain

Take a look inside one of the oldest churches in Spain, La Basilica de Santa Maria. Constructed in the 14th century, this building was built on top of former mosque ruins. Walking through the tall entrance doors, travelers can set their eyes on a detailed sculpture of the Virgin Mary. Its interior is detailed with an 18th-century rococo main altar and contains a baroque organ dating back to 1653.

Basilica of Saint Mary
Basilica of Saint Mary. PHOTO NATALIA GUERRA

Parque El Palmeral

Avinguda d'Elx, 109, 03008 Alacant, Alicante, Spain

Nature-loving travelers will adore El Palmeral Park, a site abundant with tall palm trees. Artificial lakes and rivers can be spotted throughout the area with wooden bridges. Families with young children can spend time in the large playground, which contains a climbing sculpture, swings, slides, and more. For a bite to eat, check out the Kiosco el Palmeral, a small café located onsite serving tapas, cold drinks, coffee, and other small Spanish dishes.

El Palmeral Park
El Palmeral Park. Photo by Emilio Sánchez on Pexels

San Juan Playa

Lounge at the Playa de San Juan, a long stretch of pearly white sand reaching over 7 miles. Play a game of volleyball using one of the many nets available. There are many beachfront restaurants and bars to choose from; whether it’s for cold drinks or an incredible dinner, travelers are sure to love the selection available. Sunbathe with scenic views of the Cabeçó D’Or mountain range and Sierra del Maigmo.

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Casco Antiguo-Santa Cruz

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the most picturesque and charming neighborhood in all of Alicante. Known for its blue-colored doors and potted plants, this bright color pops against the white street walls. This area dates back to the 18th century, and it’s nestled next to the Santa Barbara Castle. Vibrant mosaics can be spotted framed along windows and door frames. For more hidden gems, check out these 5 little-known secret spots to visit in Spain.

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Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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