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Alicante Holidays & Hotels

Hotels in Alicante

Alicante is a vibrant beach city and historic Mediterranean port in Spain. It is the gateway to the Costa Blanca as well as the capital of the province of Alicante. So, if you want a mix of historic sights, beautiful beaches and spectacular shopping then Alicante is a perfect choice for your next holiday.

Alicante has many wonderful places to stay during your holiday and you can choose from hotels in the historic Old Town or purpose-built resorts close to the miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. Alternatively, you can stay near the airport, which is just 11 kilometres from the city centre and provides a good base for exploring the wider area.

Where to stay

Historic Old Town

As well as many historic sights and great medieval architecture, the Old Town offers plenty of boutiques and markets, plus hundreds of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife for those holidaymakers looking to keep busy. It is also well connected for adventures out of the city and, best of all, it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

The old town offers a range of places to stay from boutique accommodation to international chains and cheap hotels and hostels.

Alicante beaches and marina

As the sun nearly always shines in Alicante you can’t go wrong with a resort near the beach. Places to stay near the beach and marina include small family run hotels and larger chains with extra facilities such as pools, spas and gyms allowing you to get some R&R whilst on holiday.  The beaches also have plenty of family-friendly restaurants nearby.

Alicante Airport

There are plenty of places to stay around Alicante airport and these offer a good base for exploring the region, with good connections to destinations including Torrevieja and Benidorm as well as Alicante’s major resorts. The accommodation here are budget friendly with plenty of international chains and cheap resorts that still offer great accommodation and plenty of facilities.

What to see

Alicante province is famed for its miles of golden, sandy beaches. It has 244 kilometres of coastline and the sun shines for 320 days of the year so you will get plenty of opportunity to soak up the rays.

San Juan is the central beach in the city and has beautiful golden sand and sparkling seas. The beach is also great for watersports including surfing, scuba diving and kayaking. A charming boulevard runs the length of the beach and offers plenty of places to eat.

If it’s history or culture you’re looking for, the castle of Santa Barbara is a towering structure at the heart of the city. Here you can find artefacts dating back to the Bronze age as well as from the Roman Empire. It's worth the climb for the spectacular views but there is a lift if you are feeling laid back. The Cathedral San Nicolás is in the heart of Alicante Old Town dates from the 1600s. Visit it for the striking Baroque interior and the altarpiece by Nicolás Borrás.

Nightlife

There is plenty to do late into the night in Alicante. You could have a drink at one of the many beach bars, visit a theatre or a casino or dine out in the chic marina. There are lots of cultural events, such as fiesta's and carnivals to enjoy too. so look out for these.  

What to eat

The old town is the ideal place to head out to eat if you are looking for traditional Spanish tapas in beautiful medieval surroundings. The marina is another popular place for dining out; it has a range of traditional and modern restaurants so consider tasting the local paella here. 

There are also plenty of beachside restaurants that are family friendly and offer a range of seafood, grilled meats and pizza. There are more upmarket restaurants here too if you fancy splashing out on some exquisite local seafood dishes.

Shopping

The region is famous for its leather goods, so Alicante makes a great place to shop for shoes, belts and handbags. Alicante is also famous for its great food, including chocolate, nougat, olive oil and wine. On Sundays, you can head to the weekly antique market to pick up a more unique holiday souvenir of your stay.

Fast Facts about Alicante

  • Hours from London: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Transfer time from Alicante Airport to the city centre: 15 minutes
  • Time Zone: GMT + 1
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Average price of a domestic beer: €50
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: € 10

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10/10 Amazing

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lovely place

At first, we didn't notice any other English-speaking holiday makers and thought it was quiet place for the more mature holiday maker, but a couple of days in we found a Mexican restaurant in the city centre, the meal was lovely and then the waiter brought us 2 free cocktails and 3 free shots of tequila without us asking for them. The next day we were looking for a club, couldn't find the one we wanted but then we found a complex of bars/restaurants and clubs at the harbour. It was very busy and fun, and we did lots of dancing. A couple of days later we went back for a quiet cocktail and ended up making friends with some of the locals and dancing around in the coyote ugly bar after it had closed-which was playing indie/rock/60s music. There is a row of restaurants right by a market that you can go to if you don't fancy going into the city.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Variety of shops, restaurants, bars, clubs. Nice beach.

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lovely city - a great break

We found Alicante to be a beautiful place. It's actually much larger than we had imagined but really lovely. While we were there we visited other towns on the Costa Blanca - Villajoyosa and Elda. Villajoyosa was well worth the time taken and we visited the Valor chocalate factory which was great. Elda is not quite as pretty as Villajoyosa but was enjoyable none the less. We did find that the bars were closing early - perhaps this was becaus it was late in the year (third week of October). Because a lot of Spanish people holdiay in Alicante it's quite difficult to find restaurants serving a good variety of food. The majority are tapas bars and if this is not your cup of tea you have to wander to find something more international.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The beautiful promenade - it contains six million tiles!!!

10/10 Amazing

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lovely Alicante Town

loved the Old Town with its countless restaurants in intimate squares surrounded by striking buildings.Loved the Esplanada with its street vendors,artists and other side shows.Beautiful archaeological museum(Marq);excellent art museums-especially the contemporary art ;excellent visit to Santa Barbara castle(take lift);marina etc. only slight complaint was very busy road at beachfront and alongside marina.Local beach can get crowded but tram or bus will bring you to beautiful beach at San Juan.

The best thing about my stay was ...

the Old Town

10/10 Amazing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wonderful city

Alicante has everything. Harbour, castle, old town with great restaurants, beach, excellent shopping.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Harbour

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lively Spanish city with plenty to do and see.

Great for short break - clean beach, marina, shops and good bars and restaurants. Historic old town, castle etc. Typically Spanish and world away from the Brit-infested resorts further along the coast.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Everything is walking distance and lots of bars and restaurants

10/10 Amazing

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fantastic, authentic

The beach is spectacular, there is a great boat trip available from the harbour, great tapas and some lovely little Spanish bars.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Beach

10/10 Amazing

Monday, November 11, 2013

Alicante Harbour November

Very Clean, Very lively with a great selection of eating choices. Highly recommended and with good options for accommodation on the beach. Will definitely go back. All places reasonably priced and a meal for 3 with drinks (steaks) will set you back around 45 Euros.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Food and Weather

10/10 Amazing

Friday, November 29, 2013

great city break

Excellent city break, convenient from airport, buses run regularly.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Atmosphere, good dining and shopping

10/10 Amazing

Monday, April 25, 2011

Alicante - a cosmopolitan place with a good atmosphere.

The week before Easter has all the processions at night which EVERYONE comes into the streets for. WHAT an atmosphere - really friendly, cafes and restaurants open until well after midnight - certainly don't get that in England.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Cafe/restaurant culture.

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

we love Alicante because it is Spanish and not a resort like Benidorm

We use the local spanish bars with the tapas and restaurants, no english sunday lunch and fish and chips, the walk along the beach is great and then into the dock area, its just lovely.

The best thing about my stay was ...

its typical Spanish, and the pewople are great

10/10 Amazing

Sunday, October 21, 2012

OMG it`s Spanish

The city with everything and they only speak there own language. Made a real change to be part of Spain.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Everything

10/10 Amazing

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Perfect destination if you don't want tacky and touristy

I just love the slow pace of life, the fabulous food and wine, the architecture, the friendly locals. Nothing bad to say about it.

The best thing about my stay was ...

There's not a lot of English spoken which makes ordering food a lot of fun !

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A few days in Alicante

Great city, very surprised by how 'Spanish' it was. A great combination of old town, good shopping, great beach and marina, and varied, good value, classic restaurants.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The people and the visitors

10/10 Amazing

Saturday, October 12, 2013

alicante, a lovely city

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, the cafes and restaurants are lovely as are the parks and squares with their enormous trees and beautiful fountains,

The best thing about my stay was ...

easy to navigate on foot and great public transport system.

10/10 Amazing

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alicante is beautiful, everday you find some hidden place you hadn't seen before!

The city itself is a mixture between old, seminew and new architectures, which make it a city of contrasts. If you don't climb all the little streets up to the 'casco antiguo' (the ancient borough) you will think it's all about big and high buildings and some skyscaper. But if you go up there, you'll be facing the true soul of Spanish people, making siesta outside their doors, and starting to chat with everybody passes by, just out of curiosity. The beach just at the end of the main roads (Playa del Postiguet) is ok but a bit too crowded, but coming from a coastal area myself I'm probably not the best reviewer for a beach. For a quiter beach and a much more beautiful water, we headed to the village of El Campello, which is really worth a visit.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The climate and the friendliness of the people, together with the food, are certainly the best things there!

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beautiful

Alicante is a beautiful city with lots of nice people. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the food was terrific.

10/10 Amazing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

lovely place

Lovely beach. not too crowded in September.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The weather

10/10 Amazing

Thursday, February 21, 2019

City Break

A fabulous city close to the airport with a lovely beach, shops, bars, & restaurants what more could you want. Well worth a visit!

The best thing about my stay was ...

Food - excellent restaurants with quality food.

10/10 Amazing

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Superb location, 15 mins from the airport, holiday starts as soon as you arrive..

VERY clean, great choice of restaurants, lovely beaches,

The best thing about my stay was ...

Sunshine, location, marina.

10/10 Amazing

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

WONDERFUL CITY, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND ARCHITECTURE A SAFE PLACE TO BE

WHAT WE HAVE DISCOVERED ABOUT ALICANTE IS THE CONVENIENCE OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT LINKS TO ALL PARTS OF THE REGION AND BEYOND. BEING TRAVELLERS OF RETIREMENT AGE AND HAVING THE WIFE NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE MY DRIVING ON THE MOTORWAY NETWORK IN SPAIN WE FIND THAT WHETHER WE ARE GOING SOUTH TO THE COSTA CALIDA OR NORTH TO DENIA OR EVEN VALENCIA THERE ARE EXCELLENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS IN PLACE TOGET YOU TO YOUR FINAL DESTINATION ON THE COSTAS. THE NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY WILL TAKE YOU TO DENIA WITH STOPS ALONG THE WAY AT MANY PICTURESQUE PLACES. ALICANTE CITY ITSLF IS FULL OF HISTORICAL INTEREST. THE CASTILLO DE SANTA BARBARA IS A GOOD PLACE TO START AND HAVE A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE CITY. IT HAS AN IMPREESIVE MARINA AND PROMENADE WITH QUALITY RESUARANTS AND BARS FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE MILES. LOCAL TRAIN AND BUS ROUTES TAKE YOU TO ANY PART OFTHE CITY AND IF YOU CARE TO VENTURE DOWN THE ODD ALLEY OR TWO YOU'LL FIND A TAPAS BAR OR FISH RESTUARANT FOR LESS MONEY THAT FRONTLINE ESTABLISHMENTS

The best thing about my stay was ...

ITS CONVENIENCE TO THE REST OF THE REGION BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND