While Alicante is a fantastic destination in its own right, flying here is also the easiest way to reach the Costa Blanca - one of Spain's premier coastal destinations. Among the top holiday hotspots in the area are Benidorm, Calpe, Javea, Santa Pola and Elche.
The flight time from London to Alicante is around two hours and 30 minutes, while a flight to Alicante from Manchester takes a little longer at approximately two hours and 45 minutes. Once you touch down, you won't be far from whichever resort you're staying in if you've decided not to make Alicante your base, with the likes of Benidorm, Elche and Calpe all less than an hour's drive from the airport.
Highlights of Alicante
Although there are many fantastic resorts on the Costa Blanca, Alicante is worth considering if you're looking for a holiday with a little bit of everything. 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. The latter is home to an impressive collection of contemporary art that features works by Picasso, Miro and Chillida, among others.
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.
Top resorts near Alicante
Of course, you may be attracted to some of the Costa Blanca's other destinations, in which case we've put together a bit of information about a few of the most popular spots:
• Benidorm - This is probably the most famous of the Costa Blanca's resorts and is particularly well known for the quality of its beaches. With 5 km of bays, coves and other sandy stretches, it's little wonder that Benidorm is popular with families. One of its most beautiful beaches is Levante, which is also located conveniently close to the town centre and all its amenities. There are plenty of opportunities for action and adventure here as well, with the Terra Mitica theme park and numerous water sports centres among the attractions. It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive from Alicante airport to Benidorm.
• Calpe - Calpe is the ideal destination on the Costa Blanca for sun seekers and those looking for rest and relaxation on their getaway, with the town boasting 11 km of coastline dotted by secluded coves and sweeping sandy beaches. One of its most recognisable landmarks is the imposing Rock of Ifach, which juts into the sea close to the town. The whole area around Calpe is a nature reserve due to the diversity of its flora and fauna, making it a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. After you arrive on your flight to Alicante, it will take around 50 minutes to drive to Calpe from the airport.
• Javea - With a fascinating historical centre and 20 km of gorgeous coastline, Javea is rightly among the Costa Blanca's most popular tourist spots. El Arenal is one of its most striking beaches, while there are a host of water sports to try here, as well as excellent restaurants and bars close to the shore. Javea is approximately one hour and ten minutes away from the airport by car.