Aerial view of Alicante at sunset. In the foreground is a sea of buildings illuminated red by the sunset, in the background a mountain with a fortress on the summit, which also glows red.
Aerial view of Alicante at sunset. In the foreground is a sea of buildings illuminated red by the sunset, in the background a mountain with a fortress on the summit, which also glows red.

Alicante – City of Light

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Published: 20 June 2024, 15:00

“Lucentum”: city of light – this is what the Romans called Alicante in ancient times. This name given to the metropolis in southeast Spain is not without reason: Alicante is one of Europe’s sunniest cities with around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.

A trip to the capital of the province of Alicante boasts sunny weather and a special mix of Mediterranean atmosphere, an enchanting old town with colourful buildings and picturesque alleyways as well as beautiful beaches. A highlight is the impressive Castello di Santa Barbara fortress, which towers over the city on Mount Benacantil and offers a wonderful panoramic view over Alicante and the coast. And if you need a break from all the sightseeing and swimming, the beautiful harbour promenade Explanada de España is there for a leisurely stroll and a bite to eat. Other interesting destinations on the dream coast of the Costa Blanca are within easy reach of Alicante.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 339,000
  • Official language: Spanish and Valencian
  • Currency: EUR (Euro)

Ten Alicante highlights

Costa Blanca and the province of Alicante

Alicante is the centre of the popular coastal region of Costa Blanca, which owes its name to the extensive white sandy beaches. There are plenty of pretty coastal resorts to discover between the long stretches of beach, such as the colourful Villajoyosa. The hinterland away from the coast also attracts visitors with its impressive natural landscapes: mountain ranges, such as the Sierra de Aitana or the Sierra de Mariola, are ideal for hiking, climbing and observing nature. Historic villages, such as Guadalest and Altea, provide the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the regional history and authentic life of the locals. The province of Alicante is also known for its numerous traditional festivals, which are celebrated in the villages and towns and are deeply rooted in the region. Experience the vibrant local culture first hand at celebrations such as Fiestas Patronales for the local patron saint.

Historic places and beautiful beaches

Alicante from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. In the heart of the city: Playa del Postiguet

2. Close to the city and kilometres long: Playa de San Juan

3. Surrounded by impressive cliffs: Playa de la Granadella

4. Snorkelling paradise: Playa de Tabarca

5. Beautiful little bay: Cala del Moraig 

1. Discover colourful buildings and picturesque squares in Barrio de Santa Cruz

2. Turn night into day in the vibrant El Carmen district

3. Go on a shopping spree in the Ensanche Diputación business district

4. Try out the diverse restaurant scene in Barrio del Pla-Carolinas

5. Explore the relaxed city life and numerous parks in Barrio de la Virgen del Remedio

1. Take a look at contemporary art at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

2. Immerse yourself in the past at the Museo Arqueológico

3. Find out more about the history of the spectacular sailing regatta at the Volvo Ocean Race Museum

4. Experience life on board the former pirate ship Santísima Trinidad

5. Visit the impressive collection of handmade nativity scenes at the Museo de Belenes

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