Alicante, winter resort
San Juan Beach © Alicante Tourism and Beaches Board
Explanada de España promenade in Alicante © Alicante Tourism and Beaches Board
Alicante in its streets
Alicante is a perfect maritime destination in winter, thanks to its mild weather and almost 3,000 hours of annual sunshine. Make sure the plans for your visit include sampling Valencia gastronomy at the restaurant in the port, playing some golf, doing some water sports and enjoying the surrounding area.
Alicante is in southeastern Spain, in the Region of Valencia. This coastal city’s warm weather means you can enjoy the city streets all year round. We would recommend a stroll around the marina and a look at the typical stalls to be found on many afternoons on La Rambla. Otherwise spend a day shopping in the Avenida Maisonnave area. Furthermore, the city’s museums and theatres ensure an attractive cultural programme.
To get to know the monuments of Alicante we would suggest you walk around the old town and the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, where you will enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle so characteristic of this part of Spain, with pedestrian streets and whitewashed houses decorated with geraniums. Finally, make sure you head up to Santa Bárbara Castle, a medieval fortress with stunning views over the city.
Alicante on the sea
The close relationship between Alicante and the sea provides a host of leisure opportunities. Alicante’s Marine Resort is the place for you if you like water sports – activities available include windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving. If you prefer a peaceful day at the beach or a stroll along the shore, then head for beaches like San Juan, Postiguet and Albufereta. However, if your weakness is for the “green”, then you should know that this region has plenty of golf courses. The closest is Alicante Golf, located within the city itself.
Alicante in its gastronomy
Alicante’s cuisine is a clear example of the Mediterranean diet, and the perfect treat after walking in the marina or the city’s old town. Try some typical dishes such as paella and “a banda” rice washed down, perhaps, with an Alicante Designation of Origin wine. For dessert, order something typical like ice cream or Alicante “turrón” (rich sweet made with almonds).
The area around Alicante
Alicante is on the Costa Blanca, a coastal area full of contrasts and fishing towns where you can enjoy the Mediterranean. These include outstanding places like Santa Pola, Benidorm, Denia and Calpe, first rate tourist destinations where you can enjoy a day on the beach at most times of year. If you prefer inland areas, then why not visit the town of Elche and its huge Palm Grove, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation?
Remember, if you are looking for somewhere to forget the winter blues, then Alicante has leisure, gastronomy and great weather to make it easy.