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The city itself boasts some fantastic historical attractions (such as the Castle of Santa Barbara), beautiful beaches, a long promenade lined by restaurants, bars and cafes, and several stunning natural areas just a short distance away. The historic quarter of Alicante is well worth exploring in detail, with buildings such as the church of Santa Maria and the Casa de la Asegurada Museum among the highlights. For sun seekers, the city's urban beach - El Postiguet - will appeal and has the added advantage of being within easy reach of the Explanada de Espana promenade and the modern leisure area that lines the port breakwater.
Flights to Alicante take around two hours and thirty minutes from London direct, or slightly longer if you’re departing from further north in the UK. Once you arrive, to reach Alicante city centre, there’s a bus every hour which costs approximately €1 per person and taxis cost approximately €14.00. There are also buses to the many popular resorts.
"Parque El Palmeral, on the outskirts of Alicante, is a great place to visit at any time of the day. It has amazing waterfalls, lakes and hundreds of palm trees." Rachel, Cabin Crew
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The castle itself has to be one of the highlights of exploring Alicante. There's just no way it can be left off any list of things to do. You'll get one of the best possible views over the city, plus the opportunity to explore this old ruin - which is free of charge, by the way.
But don't forget to wind your way through the old quarter as well. Alicante has a reputation for being ultra-touristy, but hundreds of Spaniards live, work and dine here every day. In amongst the dainty cobbled roads, you'll find traditional tavernas and enchanting taparias that are frequented by the locals. Discovering these is akin to finding gold dust, and is just as rewarding.
That's no reason not to check out the more touristy streets as well, such as the famous promenade La Explanada de España, which was designed by municipal architect José Guardiola Picó. Its sweeping waves of cream, black and red tiles are among the most famous sights in the town.
Discovering more of Valencia is always a good idea. The region as a whole has a slightly different feel to the rest of Spain, with its own language (Valencian) and culture. Valencia is approximately a two hour drive from Alicante. Also worth a visit is the coastal town of Calpe, known for its beautiful beaches and extraordinary rock formations. For sheer natural wow-factor, Pantano de Tibi is a brief journey away from Alicante and features an extraordinary reservoir and soaring valley.