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Module 5: Alicante City
AlicanteFacing out into the Mediterranean, Alicante, the capital of the province with the same name, is a highly active, modern town. It boasts an exceptional climate all year round, mild winters and warm summers that do not reach extremes, since the sea breezes keep them within reasonable limits.
This city with a population of over 300, 000 combines both classic and modern, it offers business and pleasure, entertainment and educational opportunities and manages to fit mountains and beaches within its city limits.
There are hotels in the city centre and in San Juan, the key tourist resort suburb of Alicante.
Location & how to get there
Alicante is a travel hub for tourists.
Only ten minutes from the town centre the El Altet-Alicante International Airport offers regular flights from most UK airports.
From the main Alicante rail station fast, comfortable trains such as the latest Euromed leave daily for Valencia and Barcelona towards the French border connecting with the European cities.
Euromed to Valencia aprox. 1 hrs 30 min.Euromed to Barcelona aprox. 4 hrs. 35 min.Fast train to Madrid aprox. 3 hrs. 45 min. Also coastal train from Alicante to Denia from a separate station at Playa del Postiguet.
Alicante is by-passed by the A-7 Mediterranean Motorway, starting at the French border and continuing down to Andalucía. Also motorway to the rest of Spain via Madrid.
What can you do in Alicante?
Few cities can offer such a wide selection of fine, sandy beaches and interesting rocky coves within its municipal limits, most of them granted blue flags by the European Union for the quality of their water, their cleanliness and beach facilities.
Just some of the key highlights to visit are:-
From disco bars and clubs for the younger visitor to music bars and quieter café/bars for couple and families.
Start the evening in El Barrio, this is the name given to the old quarter of town, with a profusion of action-packed pubs, bars and cafés.
El Port or the harbour, is the most modern area for leisure and entertainment sites, with a wide range of night spots. Open till early hours.
La Ruta de la Madera (The Wood Route), just behind Avenida Alfonso El Sabio which receives this name because most of the spots in this area are decorated in wood,
La Esplanada the seafront promenade well stocked with pavement cafés where one can have a meal, a drink or an ice cream.
Why not visit the Isle of Tabarca?
The only inhabited island of the Valencia Region. With a fortified enclosure, three gateways, walls and the Church of San José form a Historical-Artistic Ensemble.
Highlights include a small Hotel (formerly the Governor’s House), clear transparent water and traditional fishermen’s cuisine. Ideal for scuba diving.
Boats leave daily from Alicante Harbour.