Things to do here
Alicante’s defining attraction is the long curving beach and waterfront that attracts sun worshippers almost all year long. But the city also boasts an attractive castle, the Santa Bárbara, which overlooks the coast from high above the modern city, in addition to a busy old quarter and a vibrant restaurant and bar scene. The city’s streets are busy at night and both the local population and visitors like to eat, drink and party late.
- Popular with the locals, Cantina Villahelmy has lots of regional snacks, excellent salads and a menu that features dishes from couscous to octopus. Address: Calle Mayor 37. Phone: +34 965 21 25 29
- Seafood, which arrives fresh and daily from local markets, is at the heart of the menu at Piripi. There’s also a huge variety of tapas and a house speciality that changes daily. The restaurant is located a short walk from the city centre.
- Three-star hotel set at the foot of Santa Barbara Castle, Hotel Maya Alicante is a five minute walk from the main beach and 10 minutes from the city centre. It has a seasonal outdoor pool, free Wifi and a gym with panoramic views. The hotel provides an entertainment programme for adults and children during July and August.
- Hospes Amérigo is an elegant design hotel set in a 19th-century Dominican Convent in Alicante’s old town, 300 metres from Postiguet Beach. With beautiful views of Alicante Cathedral and Santa Bárbara Castle, the hotel’s free rooftop spa features a sauna, pool and gym.