Alicante is a Spanish town located in the southern part of Valencia. It is the second largest city of Valencia and the area around Alicante has been inhabited over 7,000 years. Is one of the most important ports of Spain in the Mediterranean, and the Renaissance period was an important commercial and economic center. The town has a population of 331.750 inhabitants and is situated on the coast between the towns of Benidorm and Elche. Main source of income is tourism. Attracts many tourists, especially from Europe to admire from near the historic ruins, glorious beaches and is an ideal place to visit all year round.
The castle of Santa Barbara at the top of Mount Benacantil, at a height of 166 meters, is one of the largest Medieval fortresses of Spain, built by Muslims in the 9th century. The feast day of Saint Barbara on December 4, 1248, Kastilianikes forces occupied the Castle and so gave it the name. By the 18th century the military significance of the Castle deteriorated and some times used as prisons. The Castle remained abandoned until 1963 that opened to the public. The Tower (la torreta) at the top, is the oldest part of the Castle, while the lower zone section and the walls built later in the 18th century. On the slopes of the mountain have found fabrications from the bronze age, as well as Ibirika and Roman objects. The Castle has the most amazing view of the city and the harbor. If you feel fit the route from Plaza de Carmen, between narrow winding streets, is in itself an attraction. If you prefer something more easy and convenient, there is a lift at the base of the mountain, as well as access by car but with a few parking places.
Explanada de Espana: The Explanada de Espana Avenue promenade, surrounded by Palm trees is covered with 6.5 million marble slabs that create a wavy image and is one of the most amiable avenues to ride in Spain. For residents of Alicante is the meeting point for the traditional Spanish Paseo or leisurely walking along the beach in the evening. At the end of the path there is a monument by artist Banuls of the 19th century.
District Barrio de la Santa Cruz: In Barrio de la Santa Cruz is a colorful district of the old town, in the South-West of the castle of Santa Barbara. Small houses perched on the hill that leads to the walls and the Castle, through narrow alleys, is decorated with flags and flower boxes with flowers.
Island Tabarca island lies a few kilometres from Alicante on the Mediterranean Sea. Once there was a base for Pirates, while now is a beautiful tourist attraction. It is the smallest island of Tabarca in Spain with residents and is known for the protection of marine life Park.
Archaeological Museum in Plaza del Doctor Gomez Ulla is the archaeological museum which was founded in 1932. It has innovative design and uses modern audio-visual techniques. The space presented educational films about the history of the region of Alicante from the stone age, Iberian and Roman era as medieval times. Contains over 80,000 objects found in the surrounding archaeological sites.
Gravina Museum of fine Arts: In old city you will see the local fine arts museum that hosts some excellent art works by Spanish artists who exhibited in 3 floors. Find time to watch the video tribute Black and White onto the history of Alicante.
Aseguarada Museum: In Plaza de Santa María, 3 is the Museum of contemporary art. Exhibited works by world-renowned artists of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Joan Miro. As well as collections of art from local artists.
If you choose to stay in the old town, most areas of interest are within walking distance. Like public transportation, the city has busses and trams. Comfortable you will find a taxi at a relatively reasonable price.
Several hotels located in the city centre with ideal values, while a little more expensive but with panoramic views are those along the beach. Also features and hostels for students.
Nightlife is concentrated in the old town called El Barrio. In the center of night life there is not a dull night with dozens of bars and clubs along the narrow roads. The drinks are affordable and sometimes free shots. Another hot spot is the eastern edge of the Marina called Puerto in and around the Casino where things start and end later. In the heart of the city lies the beach Postiguet. The sandy beach is popular during daytime and quite lively in the evenings illuminated by pillars with sodium lights. These lights give the beach and waves a surreal look. If you travel a bit with bus or tram to get to the beach of San Joan, a huge 7 km long beach which is considered one of the most enchanting beaches in Spain. Near the Harbor you can rent a catamaran trips for time from 45 minutes to all-day excursions to Tabarca island.
Like in the rest of Spain breakfast is usually light. Traditionally a brave late lunch at noon followed by a siesta as the temperature climbs. Many restaurants close between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the evening. A light meal you can eat in a local Taperia as the Sun falls. You will find traditional tapa bars for something quick so expensive and international restaurants. As in the wider area of rice and seafood dominate the Paella at the forefront. You can taste fresh seafood dishes, shrimp, tuna, prawns, squid and cuttlefish that bring the morning catch. Grilled or garnished with a sauce of olive oil, parsley and garlic. In almost every restaurant you will find a menu of the day or something similar special for 10 euros, consisting of 3 to 4 plates with or without drinks.
If you want to see how the locals shop enter the city and find the central market. Remains open until about 14.30 most days with two levels where you can buy fresh meat, seafood, cheeses and vegetables. Coming out of the market, on the back side, you will see the florists in a small outdoor Plaza. Along the Explanada d'Espana Avenue there is a flea market with clothing, beads and souvenirs.
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