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    10 “must-dos” for your Alicante weekend break

    Alicante may not be thought of in the same major light as Madrid or Barcelona, but it has enough spectacular attractions and sightseeing activities to rival them both. From castles and caves to golf courses and beaches, the Costa Blanca city is the ideal place for a weekend break. Don’t believe us? Simply see for… Read more about 10 “must-dos” for your Alicante weekend break The post 10 “must-dos” for your Alicante weekend break appeared first on Alicante...

    Alicante may not be thought of in the same major light as Madrid or Barcelona, but it has enough spectacular attractions and sightseeing activities to rival them both. From castles and caves to golf courses and beaches, the Costa Blanca city is the ideal place for a weekend break.

    Don’t believe us? Simply see for yourself. Here are 10 of the ‘must-do’ places you should visit while in Alicante for the weekend.

    Alicante Santa Barbara Castle in Spain high up the mountain near Mediterranean sea

    1 – Santa Barbara Castle

    We start with a stunner: the castle of Santa Barbara. This 10th-century fortress played a pivotal role in the history of Alicante, especially during Spain’s Golden Age back in the 1500s. Nowadays, it truly is a tourist’s dream. Located atop Mount Benacantil, the castle offers incredible views across Alicante and its surrounding area. If you only do one thing during your visit, make sure it’s this.

    Archaeological museum of the city of Alicante

    2 – Archaeological Museum

    Talking of Alicante’s origins, if you are interested in how and when the city was created, make sure you visit the MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum. You will view Alicante’s prehistoric routes before learning about the city’s Roman influences. You will then be introduced to perhaps the most thrilling era in the city’s history: its mediaeval times. This is when, for a brief time, Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures all existed side-by-side.

    Museum of contemporary art of the city of Alicante

    3 – Museum of Contemporary Art

    If you are an art enthusiast, you simply have to check out Alicante’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Located in the city’s oldest civil building – the Casa de la Asegurada – the museum houses an excellent collection of modern art. It also features a dedicated 20th-century collection, including the works of those fairly well-known artists Picasso, Miró and Dalí.

    Rocky coastline of Tabarca Island. Crystal-clear turquoise water. Province of Alicante. Spain

    4 – Tabarca Island

    If you are into ex-pirate lairs and snorkelling, you will absolutely love Tabarca Island. This two-kilometre long island is a protected marine reserve and is a haven for marine life and birds. From loggerhead turtles to lobsters, Tabarca is the ideal place to be if you are into wildlife.

    The island also offers beaches, churches, a lighthouse and numerous restaurants to choose from. It even has its own signature dish so make sure you try “caldero” during your visit.

    Postiguet Beach Alicante City5 – Postiguet Beach

    What kind of weekend break would be complete without a relaxed day on the beach? Alicante’s “Playa del Postiguet” is a beautiful sandy beach located right next to the Old Town. If you are visiting during summer, the beach can, unsurprisingly, become pretty hectic. However, it is still definitely worth a visit – even if it’s only for a quick paddle or an ice cream.

    Cabo de la Cuerta coves

    6 – Cabo de la Cuerta Coves

    If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Alicante’s beaches, the Cabo de la Cuerta coves are a great place to get away from the crowds. These rocky inlets form part of Alicante’s stunning coastline, but aren’t like a typical beach. They form a series of flat rocks where you can spread out your towel and access the sea quite easily. If you are looking for a pleasant romantic weekend, they are the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset.

    Facade of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Alicante

    7 – Basilica of Santa María

    Located only a few streets away from Postiguet beach is the oldest and most attractive church in the city. Like many of Alicante’s churches, the Santa María was built over a former mosque and features two identical-looking towers. Interestingly though, the towers are not identical – one was built in the 1300s while the other was added over 500 years later in the 1800s. Why not go and see if you can tell the difference?

    Mercado Central image

    8 – Mercado Central

    Another must-do during your visit, Mercado Central is a magnificent turn-of-the-20th century indoor market. Offering a wide selection of stalls, it sells everything from fruit and veg to fresh seafood and last-minute souvenirs. It also has numerous cafés and bars, and is a particularly popular place to try various tapa dishes.

    Explanada de Espana image

    9 – Explanada de Espana

    Feel the atmosphere and ambience of the city by walking through Alicante’s Explanada de España. This beautiful marble-laid promenade connects the Old Town to the city’s seafront, and has a row of palm trees looming above as you stroll through the city. An ideal way to spend the evening… the soothing sea breeze will leave you feeling nice and refreshed after a long day in the sun.

    Javea Xabia old town Mediterranean streets in Alicante Spain

    10 – El Barrio Santa Cruz

    El Barrio, or the Old Town as it is otherwise known, is the historical heart of Alicante. It is an absolute must-visit for those looking for some “Old World” charm and, since pretty much everything we’ve mentioned connects off it, it is pretty hard to miss.

    It is also popular with tourists, especially after the sun goes down. With a wide selection of tapas restaurants and cocktail bars to choose from, El Barrio is the best place in town for a relaxed and slightly inebriated evening. Top tip: make sure to try a G&T while you’re there. They’re simply incredible.

    For any more helpful hints on where to visit during your time in Alicante, check out our tailored area guide for the city. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our team, and we will be happy to help.

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    Hen party ideas in Benidorm

    Want to top up your tan and get away from it all – and still have a whole load of fun before the big day? Well, Benidorm has everything you could want from a British-style hen party but with sunshine and much, much more. Benidorm is one of the greatest party destinations in Europe, offering… Read more about Hen party ideas in Benidorm The post Hen party ideas in Benidorm appeared first on Alicante...

    Want to top up your tan and get away from it all – and still have a whole load of fun before the big day? Well, Benidorm has everything you could want from a British-style hen party but with sunshine and much, much more.

    Benidorm is one of the greatest party destinations in Europe, offering amazing nightlife, fantastic food, luxury shopping, miles and miles of sandy beaches, and heaps of apartment-style hotels with pools, which are just perfect for girly gatherings.

    When it comes to hen parties, Benidorm has everything you could possibly desire on your tick list, whether you want to dance all night long, take the bar crawl challenge or simply shop, eat great food and soak up the sun.

    We all know that for most people the hen party is an opportunity to let your hair down and have some fun. Benidorm couldn’t be a more perfect place for hens! It is truly a non-stop party destination for those who want that, but offers something for everyone if bar crawls aren’t your thing.

    If you want hen party memories you will cherish and giggle about for a lifetime, Benidorm is the place to go. Here are just a few of the things you can do in Benidorm to make your hen bash go off with a bang…

    1 – Private boat charter

    Get your hen weekender off to an A-list start with a luxury private boat charter. Catch up with your besties over a glass of chilled fizz, while you soak up the sun and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Then stop off at a secluded bay to take a dip in the turquoise waters and cool off. This is the stuff hen party dreams are made of.

    2 – Beach party

    Another way to bring on the A-list experience and appreciate the finer things in life is to step into the world of luxury at an exclusive beach club. It’s the perfect place for your girly group to show off their poolside finery, enjoy sipping cocktails to chilled soundtracks, and take in the stunning beachside views.

    3 – Mountain retreat

    If you want to mix up your partying with some relaxing downtime, then why not book a mountain day retreat at a private villa. Imagine you and your girly crowd lounging around a beautiful pool, taking a dip in the jacuzzi and topping up your tan away from the crowds. Heavenly!

    4 – Nightlife glitz and glamour

    Happy women clinking champagne glasses over lights

    When the sun goes down, Benidorm really comes into its own, with an abundance of bars, clubs and cabaret venues. The neon-lit Hippodrome club in the main square is a favourite for hens, or head to Levante beach for drinks promotions, neon lights and an endless strip of bars. You will find the fancy Penelope Disco Beach Club here, one of the hippest clubs on the Benidorm strip. For the best foam parties head to KU Discoteca – the largest dance club in Benidorm.

    5 – Waterpark fun

    A must for thrill-seekers is a trip to Aqualandia Water Park. A great day out before you hit the bars in the evening, Aqualandia has the highest slide in Europe and the highest slide-capsule in the world. This place will definitely get the hens’ adrenalin pumping.

    6 – Cocktail extravaganza

    No hen party would be complete without a few exotic cocktails, so why not book a cocktail-making class? It’s a definite crowd-pleaser and will get everyone in the hen party mood. Learn the tricks of the cocktail trade and get everyone’s cocktail taste buds tingling before heading out for a night on the town.

    As you can see, Benidorm really couldn’t be a more perfect place to celebrate your last days of freedom before you tie the knot, with everything available… butler services, ladies’ nights, pole dancing, bar crawls, catamaran cruises, casino nights, water sports, cabaret shows, theme parks, escape rooms and more.

    Why not get your hen celebration off to the best start with a private transfer from Alicante Airport? See more transportation options here.

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    Best beaches in Alicante

    Alicante is well-known for its beautiful beaches spread along the stunning Costa Blanca coastline, as well as its many popular seaside resorts and holiday destinations. If you love relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun, then the sandy beaches of Alicante are perfect for you. With over 244 kilometres of stunning coastline, including… Read more about Best beaches in Alicante The post Best beaches in Alicante appeared first on Alicante...

    Alicante is well-known for its beautiful beaches spread along the stunning Costa Blanca coastline, as well as its many popular seaside resorts and holiday destinations. If you love relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun, then the sandy beaches of Alicante are perfect for you. With over 244 kilometres of stunning coastline, including many with Blue Flag status, you are bound to find excellent beaches no matter where you are staying. Keep reading to find out more about some of the best beaches you will find during your visit to Alicante…

    San Juan beach

    San Juan is often considered to be one of the most famous beaches in Alicante, with fine golden sands stretching all along this stunning 2,900 metre beach. The beach stretches from the El Campello all the way down to Cabo de las Huertas in the south. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars close to San Juan beach. It is only 25 kilometres from Alicante Airport and just under nine kilometres from central Alicante.

    Levante beach and Poniente beach in Benidorm

    Benidorm is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Alicante and is well-known for its fantastic nightlife as well as entertainment for all ages. It is also home to two fabulous Blue Flag beaches, Levante and Poniente. Poniente is perfect for families and is renowned for its fine sands and laidback vibe. This huge crescent of golden sand also features a beautiful promenade filled with shops, bars, cafés and restaurants.

    Levante is known as the sunrise beach, stretching for over two kilometres of sun-soaked sand and calm waters. The beach is also close to the promenade of cafés, bars and other establishments. Levante beach is family-friendly, although it is also quite popular and close to the city so it can get busy quickly. Nevertheless, this stunning beach is still worth a visit, with plenty to do including exciting water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing and much more.

    El Postiguet beach

    El Postiguet (Playa del Postiguet) is a lively beach that is very close to the city, making it easily accessible if you are staying nearby. Close to the Old Quarter of Alicante, El Postiguet is one of Alicante’s most well-known beaches. It is found at the foot of the great ninth century Santa Bárbara castle and is also renowned for its glorious golden sands. The beach is family-friendly and has Blue Flag status and the SICTED tourist quality mark. Being close to the city means there is plenty of parking space nearby, making it even easier to visit.

    Playa de los Saladares

    Playa de los Saladares (also known as Urbanova beach) is one of the longest beaches on the southern coastline of Alicante. Despite its size, this beach is not as well-known as some of the other beaches in Alicante. This does, however, mean that Playa de los Saladares is not as busy as some of the others thanks to its residential location, making it a great destination if you want more peace and quiet. There are still plenty of services available, including shops, restaurants, toilets and foot showers. It is also another one of the many Blue Flag beaches in Alicante.

    There are many beautiful beaches to enjoy and explore in Alicante, and these are just some of the best. The Costa Blanca is home to so many fantastic beaches, perfect for family days out and relaxing in the sun. If you are planning a trip to Alicante and want to find out more, take a look through our website. We have helpful area guides and information on local hotels, car hire options at the airport and more.

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    7 local delicacies to taste in Alicante

    If you are thinking about Spanish specialities, most people assume paella is the signature dish across the country. While this is certainly one of the best meals you can have in the Valencia region (where the finest Bomba rice is grown), there are lots of other delicious dishes to sample if you are travelling around… Read more about 7 local delicacies to taste in Alicante The post 7 local delicacies to taste in Alicante appeared first on Alicante...

    If you are thinking about Spanish specialities, most people assume paella is the signature dish across the country. While this is certainly one of the best meals you can have in the Valencia region (where the finest Bomba rice is grown), there are lots of other delicious dishes to sample if you are travelling around the Alicante area.

    Here are our top seven, all of which go excellently with a glass of local wine…

    1- Denia Prawns

    Prawns from Denia are a distinctive shade of red, best cooked by frying them with a dash of olive oil and a clove or two of garlic. There are several chefs in the area who prepare them especially well, but you can usually find Denia prawns on the menu of the many tapas bars around the Costa Blanca.

    2 – Salazones

    Salazones are portions of salted fish – usually tuna, cod, anchovies or even octopus. These can have a very strong flavour, so we recommend trying them as a tapas plate first (although you will almost certainly be ordering a second plate).

    3 – Esgarrat

    We hope you like fish! Esgarrat is another local speciality involving seafood. A small portion of cod is served mixed with sweet red peppers, garlic and olive oil to create a delicious starter or tapas dish.

    4 – Alcachofas de Almoradi

    Artichokes are a popular crop on the Costa Blanca – you’ll probably notice them growing in the local fields, particularly in Almoradi. This has inspired many of the town’s favourite dishes, including steamed artichokes and stuffed artichokes. In spring, Almoradi even hosts a week-long artichoke festival.

    5 – Olla Churra

    Olla Churra (or Olla Xurra) is a type of stew, comprising various meats and sausages mixed with beans and vegetables – sometimes with potatoes or rice as well. It’s hearty and full-flavoured (and one of the few traditional local meals that doesn’t contain fish).

    6 – Arroz a Banda

    Arroz a Banda is a local rice and fish dish, which some people actually think is more delicious than paella. Rice is cooked with peppers and garlic, together with bits of fish and fish stock. Find out if you prefer it to the conventional paella we are so familiar with.

    7 – Turrón

    What better way to finish off a delicious meal than with something sweet? Turrón is a type of nougat, made from almonds and honey. It is one of the region’s most popular traditional treats, although the recipe varies slightly across different areas. The Jijona version (from where Turrón is believed to have originated) is known for being particularly soft, while the Alicante nougat has more “bite”.

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    6 things to do with your toddler on the Costa Blanca

    Spain’s Costa Blanca is one of Europe’s most favoured holiday destinations and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a gorgeous part of the world with wonderful beaches, sunny climes, a stunning and varied landscape, and great gastronomy. With such wonderful weather and beautiful surroundings, spending days on the beach and lounging by the pool… Read more about 6 things to do with your toddler on the Costa Blanca The post 6 things to do with your toddler on the Costa Blanca appeared...

    Spain’s Costa Blanca is one of Europe’s most favoured holiday destinations and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a gorgeous part of the world with wonderful beaches, sunny climes, a stunning and varied landscape, and great gastronomy.

    With such wonderful weather and beautiful surroundings, spending days on the beach and lounging by the pool are a great idea. However, with toddlers in tow, it’s generally unrealistic to expect long stretches of rest and relaxation.

    In fact, surviving a holiday in the heat with a toddler can be incredibly draining and difficult. In most cases, life with a toddler on holiday veers between fun and laughter and frazzling parenting.

    In order to get the most out of your holiday on the Costa Blanca, it’s a good idea to have some special trips and activities planned to keep your little ones entertained.

    Alicante Hotel Image

    After a fun-filled day your cherubs are much more likely to settle into bed at a reasonable time, giving you a chance to relax with a glass of wine and enjoy one of the Costa Blanca’s wonderful sunsets from your balcony.

    Here are six great places your toddlers will absolutely love…

    1 – The Terra Natura Zoo, Benidorm

    An absolute must for kids and adults alike, the Terra Natura Zoo is a new-generation wildlife park that enables you and your children to get close to the animals, with invisible barriers providing a “zooimmersion” experience. This day trip will keep your toddlers entertained from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. There are lots of animals, birds and reptiles to see, as well as rides and kids’ play areas. There is also a water park with pools and slides.

    2 – Rio Safari Park, Elche

    A great family animal park with a range of animals from around the world. Highlights include a safari train ride, a sea lion show, a parrot show and feeding the animals. There is also a water splash park here, which is perfect for children aged four to eight years.

    3 – Santa Pola Aquarium

    A small but attractive aquarium perfect for an hour with younger children. If nothing more, it provides the opportunity to take a break from the sun.

    4 – El Palmera Park, Alicante

    A hidden gem in Alicante, this park is a little tricky to reach by public transport but well worth the effort. The park is an oasis of palm trees, waterfalls and numerous playgrounds with a walking trail, a café and toilets. A great place for a picnic, and it’s free.

    5 – L’Oceanografic, Aquarium Marine Park, Valencia

    A huge modern aquarium and marine park that is home to around 500 different aquatic species. You can walk underwater and see fish, sharks, penguins, whales and walruses. There is a Dolphinarium, a central lake and even an underwater restaurant.

    6 – Mundomar, Benidorm

    Mundomar is another animal park that is perfect for families. The park has different species of mammals, birds and reptiles, and there are various shows, activities and experiences on offer (additional fees apply for some), such as swimming with sea lions or having photos taken with the animals.

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    From Alicante Airport to the land of the midnight sun

    Alicante-Elche Airport has started a new route to Bodo (Norway) by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), which will operate the connection every Saturday during the summer season. This new flight will allow travellers flying from Alicante to experience the midnight sun that occurs in this area during summer, as well as other charms of the Scandinavian destination,… Read more about From Alicante Airport to the land of the midnight sun The post From Alicante Airport to the land of the midnight sun...

    Alicante-Elche Airport has started a new route to Bodo (Norway) by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), which will operate the connection every Saturday during the summer season. This new flight will allow travellers flying from Alicante to experience the midnight sun that occurs in this area during summer, as well as other charms of the Scandinavian destination, while also attracting new visitors to the Costa Blanca.

    To celebrate the announcement, the airport prepared a commemorative cake of the route that was cut by representatives of Scandinavian Airlines, one of the airlines that has operated for the longest time from Alicante Airport. Airport director Tomás Melgar distributed the cake among passengers who were waiting to board the first plane bound for Bodo.

    Bodo in Norway

    Alicante-Elche Airport is number one in the Aena network in terms of the number of scheduled flights with Norway this summer. Specifically, airlines have offered about 3,500 flights to this destination and more than 637,000 seats.

    With this new link there are already 11 connections that Alicante Airport has with Norway during the current summer season. In addition to Bodo, airlines connect with Aalesund, Bergen, Evenes, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Oslo-Gardermoen, Oslo-Sandefjord, Stavenger, Tromso and Trondheim.

    Airlines have offered a total of 117 destinations with Alicante for the summer season that starts this Sunday (25 March) and ends on 27 October 2018.

    Plan ahead if you need car hire by booking early and avoiding disappointment.

     

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