Discover Alicante

photographs Alicante, Spain


Places to discover

Castle of Santa Bárbara

You can’t miss this castle, its located on top of mount Benacantil, in the center of Alicante, this santa Barbara castle is a popular tourist attractions.

How to get there and parking areas: You can enter the Castle by foot, car and bus.

There’s a road which gives you access to the castle, its an extension of the street Alfonso El Sabio.

If you trying to get to the castle by foot, best way would be getting a lift, which is in front of the postiguet beach, Av. Juan Bautista Lafora, through the walls, access from Lieutenant Daoiz and through the Ereta Park.

Opening Hours

Opening hours usually depends on the season.

July and August from 10:00 to 24:00 hours
April, May, June and September from 10:00 to 22: 00 h. Every day.
1 October to 31 March: 10:00 to 20: 00 h. Every day.

Points of Interests Map: PDF View

Castle of Santa Bárbara

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Teatro Principal de Alicante

this stunning building is used for Concerts & Shows, it’s a theater with marble staircases, chandeliers and large cleverly positioned mirrors. really give it that unique look.

How to get there and parking areas:

Located on the Plaza Ruperto Chapí, it can be reached by bus, foot and car, its located right in the city, once you reach the city, you can pretty much get there within 5 to 15 minutes walk.

Buses:  Bus number: 2,3,21 and 22 go to Plaza Ruperto Chapí road, drops you off just outside the place. or you can get there 05,08, 10 and 13 bus and get dropped off at Av/constitución.

If you planning to drive, you can park anywhere around the area, few streets offer parking bays, just have to find one.

Opening Hours:

Usual opening hours can depend however, usual hours our: between 10:00 am–2:00 pm



Teatro Principal de Alicante

The Carbonell House

most striking buildings in Alicante, It was said to have been built upon the orders of a textiles manufacturer Enrique Carbonell from Alcoy and the impressive architecture reflects the wealth of Alcoy textiles manufacturers during World War One.

Address: Explanada d_ Espanya, 1, 03002 Alicante, Spain

The Carbonell House

The Town Hall

The Alicante city hall or as known as Ayuntamiento de Alicante, is a building that has two high towers, 165 foot, standing at each end of the building, which overlooks the square, you can also find a large clock in one of the towers, which counts down the clock in the new year, so the people of Alicante know.

You can find different rooms in the building which sure you the interesting work done by Amoros, Padilla, Cabrera and Gaston Castello.

During the war of Spanish Succession, in the seventeenth Century, the French almost destroyed the building however over the next 70 years, the building was slowly rebuild, thanks to the people.

The Town Hall Alicante


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The Central Market

The Mercado Central Market is was designed by Francisco Guardia and Alejandro Soler in 1914, its around 8,000 square meters, styled in Valencian Style, it has a lot of colours, ceramics and mosaics.


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Bull Ring (Plaza de Toros)

The bullring is an area where the bullfighting is performed, The Plaza de toros was built in 1848 by architect Emilio Jover.

The Bull are usually weigh between 450 kg to 520 kg, the gate where the bull comes out into the ring will displace the bulls weight, what ranch the bull is from.

The bullfighting museum can also be located in one of the adjoining buildings to the Plaza de Toros


Bull Ring (Plaza de Toros) Alicante

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Museums and Cultural Centres


Contemporary Art Museum MACA

The MACA Museum is located in the cities oldest surviving civil building,the building dates back to the 1685, in old town of Alicante, the building was designed as a cereals warehouse however was also used as a business school and then becoming a museum.

Collections of 20th century art and work of Eusebio Sempere was donated but also works of Chillida, Picasso, Dalí and Miró, among other artests can be found on display.

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Alicante City Museum MUSA

The interior of the citadel houses the Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (MUSA), opened in 2011, which describes -the usage of multimedia generation- the beginning of the town via its archaeological remains, stables in caves, water nicely, torture room and lookout posts looking over the Mediterranean, and their have an impact on at the evolution of Alicante.

How to get there:

visitors can get right to entry to the citadel through a lift built within the rock-face contrary El Postiguet seaside.

You can also attain the fortress walking or by means of automobile along the road at the north face of Mount Benacantil, which starts offevolved in Calle Vázquez de Mella street.

Opening Hours

Opening hours
From monday to sunday
10am to 2.30pm
4 pm to 8 pm

July and august
From Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to
Lift:  From monday to sunday: 10.00h to 23.30h

From monday to sunday: 10.00am to 10.00 pm

October to March
From Monday to Sunday
10.00am to 8.00pm
Lift: From monday to sunday: 10.00 am to 7.30pm

April to June
From monday to sunday: 10.00am to 10.00pm

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Provincial Archaelogy Museum MARQ

Archaeological Museum of Alicante also known as MARQ is a museum created in 1932, offers it’s visitors a interesting and wonderful experience through out the historic journey, rooms that are dedicated to the history of Prehistory, Culture, Iberian, Middle ages and the Roman Culture.

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Parks  and Gardens

Canalejas park

The Canalejas Park is situated very close to the sea and the Explanada de España, this is one of Alicante’s most well-known and most visited parks, famous for its centenary ficus trees that cover the whole length of the park with shade.

Av. Dr. Ramón y Cajal, 7, 03003 Alicante, España
How to get Canalejas Park:
Bus lines with stops nearby: 21-22-2-5-10
Tram: Lines 1-2-3-4: Stops Luceros and Mercado.

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Paseo de Gómiz

Built in 2008 at the port of Alicante to house the Volvo Ocean Race. It stands out for being a walk in height, of 500 meters of length, that runs to almost five meters on the level of the sea.

The project belongs to the architect Florentino Regalado, and is characterized by a simple and functional design with concrete pavement that and for every 60 meters, it changes to wood, forming sections in which are created areas protected from the sun by a marquee inspired by the wings of the albatross.

From this walkway, you can see the entire maritime facade of Alicante, with spectacular views of the Marina, La Explanada, Santa Bárbara Castle, Postiguet, Serra Grossa and Cabo de Huertas.

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El Palmeral

Parque El Palmeral is on the outskirts of the city, the park is a palm tree plantation with waterfalls, picnic areas, flowerbeds, lakes and even children’s playground.

You can also find a biking area and a cafe place to rest and have a drink while enjoying the beautiful scenario.

The park is located on the Elche Road and in the Barrio de San Gabriel, it faces the Mediterranean Sea.

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San Juan beach

San Juan seashore is Alicante’s famous seaside, with sands stretching from the beaches at El Campello right via to the Cabo de las Huertas headland. it’s far an open seashore with very excellent first-rate sands positioned in a place with plenty of apartments, offerings and agencies. All along the beachfront there are all types of restaurants and beach bars, a number of which can be really at the beach itself.

How to get there: 

You could reach the San Juan beach by way of taking the tram from Alicante. The tram runs from Alicante city Centre, in reality you can capture it from Playa del Postiguet and it stops proper through the beach. if you are using there are masses of parking spaces along the the front and if these are complete it’s far possible to find a space a short way from the seaside. If catching the bus you will want numbers 21 or 22.

Location:  Paseo de Niza s/n. Playa de San Juan, Alicante

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Postiguet beach

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Saladares Urbanova beach

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Tabarca Island

Tabarca Island is a beautiful small island located in the Mediterranean sea, province of Alicante. It’s the smallest permanently inhabited islet in Spain and well known for it’s marine reserve.

How to get here: The boat trip to the Tabarca Island can be comfortably made from Alicante, Santa Pola, Guardamar and Benidorm.

This boat trip usually lasts one hour to get there.

However to visit the island, you need at least a full day to explore and see the wonderful things the island offers, from coves, beaches, visit the islands museum and explore the town, you can even try out their traditional dish ‘caldero’.

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Finchale Priory

Finchale Priory

Finchale Priory is located on the River wear, where the remains of Finchale Priory stands, the castle was founded in the 1196, where the hermitage of St Godric, who was a retired sailor and merchant.

Later on the priory became a outpost of Durham Cathedral and was functioned as a vacation retreat for the priests of Durham, until 1538.

There are some stays of the early twelfth-century stone chapel of St John the Baptist, the web page of Godric of Finchale’s burial.

Godric came to live on the eventual site of Finchale Priory in the early twelfth century, creating a hermitage dedicated to St John the Baptist. Godric’s biographers recorded that he lived an ascetic life on this site for 50 years, living and sleeping outside and rejecting expensive cloth and plentiful food.

After Godric’s death, two monks of Durham moved to Finchale, where there was already a church, mill, dam and fish pond. The site has been a dependency of Durham Cathedral since 1196, the year in which the chapel hermitage became known as Finchale Priory.

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April until October

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

October until March

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm



  • Parking: There is a charged car park on site, not managed by English Heritage.
  • Access: Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy.
  • Dogs Accepted: Dogs allowed on leads

Founder: Hugh de Puiset
Diocese: Diocese of Durham
Disestablished: 1535
It is a Grade I listed building.
Mother house: Durham Cathedral Priory

official website

Map Location

Address: Finchale Ave, Durham DH1 5SH, UK

Coordinates: 54.818121°N 1.540358°W

Durham University Museum of Archaeology

Durham University Museum of Archaeology Prehistoric

The Museum of Archaeology founded in 1833, It was the second University Museum in England to open its doors to the public. The Museum has collections from Ancient Greece, Prehistoric and Roman to Medieval.

In June 2013 the Museum closed to the public to allow for a move to a larger gallery in the redeveloped Palace Green Library.

July, 2014 the Museum opened a new gallery ‘Living on the Hills’.

Museum of Archaeology

The research collections are housed in a separate location within easy walking distance of the gallery in the Old Fulling Mill.







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Monday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm  – 5:00 pm


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Adults: Free
Concessions: Free
Children (over 5): Free
Infants: Free
Durham University Campus Card holders: Free


Museum of Archaeology

Official website:

Map Location 

Address: Palace Green Library, Durham DH1 3RN, UK

Coordinates: 54°46′23″N 1°34′42″W

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Durham

Durham facts
  1. The name “Durham” comes from the Old English “dun”, meaning hill, and the Old Norse “holme”, which translates to island, ‘Hill Island’

  2. Durham Regatta has been held on the River Wear in Durham since 1834. It is the second oldest regatta in Britain

  3. The Bowes Museum houses a 230-year-old musical automaton in the form of a life-size Silver The Bowes MuseumSwan

  4. Durham Miners’ Gala Is The Largest Socialist Trade Union Event In The World, First held in 1871

  5. Durham City saw the birth of modern English mustard by Mrs Clements.

  6. Durham is home To The Third Oldest University In England

  7. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Was Inspired By Durham

  8. Causey Arch, The Oldest Surviving Railway Bridge In The World, Built in 1725 by Ralph Wood

  9. Durham University Oriental Museum is the only museum in the north of Britain dedicated solely to the art and archaeology of the Orient

  10. In 2007 Neil Fingleton took over Christopher Greener as the tallest man in Europe, measuring 7ft 7.56in. Born in Durham in 1980

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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries It was founded as a monastic cathedral built to house the shrine of St Cuthbert, ‘Evangelizer of Northumbria’, replacing an earlier church constructed in his honour.

It attests to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. The Cathedral is widely regarded as the finest example of Norman architecture in Europe.

The innovative audacity of its vaulting foreshadowed Gothic architecture. Behind the cathedral stands the Durham castle, an ancient Norman fortress which was the residence of the prince-bishops of Durham.

Durham Cathedral

The treasures, previously on display in the cathedral’s under-croft, have been in storage for the past six years. The new exhibition spaces were created in the complex of medieval buildings

Durham Castle & Durham Cathedral have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


On the lindisfarne there was a thriving monastery, where St. Cuthbert changed into monk, bishop and inspirational leader. He died in 687.

In 875, the priests of Lindisfarne fled the island because of Viking raiders, however they made sure to carry with them their most precious treasures, inclusive of St. Cuthbert’s miraculously preserved body and the illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels.

In 995, the Lindisfarne monks located a safe, without problems defended position above the River wear, in cutting-edge Durham.

The inspiration stone of Durham Cathedral turned into laid on August 12, 1093. The cathedral is the 0.33 church to be built at the location. The choir, transepts and nave have been constructed between 1093 and 1133. They nevertheless continue to exist of their authentic Norman (Romanesque) shape.

From 1093 to 1540the cathedral was not only the seat of the Bishop but the church of the Benedictine monastery of Durham. round 1560, after the Reformation and Dissolution of the Monasteries, the partitions of the cathedral have been whitewashed, the shrine of Cuthbert destroyed, and the stained glass home windows damaged.

The bishops of Durham had been very effective Prince-Bishops from the center a long time to the mid-nineteenth century, achieving the peak of their power in the 14th century.

They lived in Durham castle close to the cathedral. The seat of Bishop of Durham is still the fourth highest ranked within the Church of England hierarchy, and signposts for the cutting-edge-day County Durham.

Durham is known as the “Land of the Prince Bishops.”

Durham Cathedral

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Free for everyone 

To open Treasure:

  • Adult: £7.50
  • Children: £2.50

Please donate as generously as you can, so that free entry can remain.


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Monday 9:30 – 18:00
Tuesday 9:30 – 18:00
Wednesday 9:30 – 18:00
Thursday  9:30 – 18:00
Friday 9:30 – 18:00
Saturday 9:30 – 18:00
Sunday 9:30 – 17:30
Bank Holiday 9:30 – 18:00


Official website:

Map Location

Address: The College, Durham DH1 3EH, UK
Coordinates: 54°46′25″N 1°34′34″W

Durham University Botanic Garden

Durham University Botanic Garden

The Durham university Botanic lawn is a botanical lawn located in Durham, the garden is is 25 acres of mature woodlands inside the southern outskirts of the city.

The botanic gardens had been placed on their present site in view that 1970 before being officially opened in 1988 by the then Chancellor Dame Margot Fonteyn and now attract some 80,000 site visitors annually.

The garden has an array of distinguished plants with collections ranging from Chile in South america, China and Japan within the a long way East, in addition to from Southern Africa and New Zealand.

The lawn is likewise domestic to an arboretum, Alpine lawn and bamboo grove. inside the glasshouses tropical rain-forest flora, barren region flora and species from the Mediterranean are on display in addition to tropical insects including stick insects, scorpions, butterflies and tarantulas.

The gardens host a spread of events ranging from seminars and guided tours to a neighborhood watch organization for youngsters and flower indicates.

Wander thru the Alpine garden, wintry weather lawn, Bamboo Grove and our lately developed woodland lawn and wild flower meadow. With many locations to simply sit and muse, view the current artwork or watch the bees in motion of their hive.

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Adult: £4.00 pp
Children and Students: £1.50 pp
Concession: £3.00 pp
Infants: Free
Carers: Free
Durham University Campus Card holders: Free


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1st of March to 31st of October open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

1st of November to the end of February open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Closed over Christmas.

Open During Bank Holidays and Easter Sundays


Official website: Botanic Garden

Map Location

Address: South Rd, Durham DH1 3TN, UK
Coordinates: 54°45′38″N 1°34′31″W

3D Animations

3d animations

Our favourite 3D animations made by highly skilled programmers

The Hobbit Open Book

Solar System

3D Lion

3D X-Wing Star Wars

NES Controller

HTC One 

3D Air Plane

Cat Vs Ball of Wool


Durham Statistics and figures

Durham Statistics and figures

Durham in numbers


Source: UK National Statistics


Population 50,000 (2011)
Students 17,505 (2014)
Males  24,049 (2011)
Females  23,736 (2011)
Age Distribution: 0-14 years 5,170 (2011)
 Age Distribution: 15-29 years 17,341 (2011)
Age Distribution: 30-44 years 7,239 (2011)
Age Distribution: 45-59 years 7,807 (2011)
Age Distribution: 60-74 years 6,892 (2011)
Age Distribution: 75+ years 3,336 (2011)



on major roads, in thousand vehicle miles, Year: 2016 source: Department of Transport 


Buses & Coaches 11,004 (2016)
Motorcycles 7,534 (2016)
Cars 1,365,650 (2016)
Light Goods Vehicles 266,402 (2016)
All HGVs 117,729 (2016)
Pedal Cycles 2,058 (2016)



Source: Durham County Council, Strategic Traffic, 2016


Fatal & Serious All 211 (2015)
Fatal & Serious Child 23 (2015)
Slight Injury 1031 (2015)




Country parks 3
Nature reserves 25
Castles 14
Leisure Centre 14
Museums 29
Town Hall 1


Crook Hall

Crook Hall Durham

Crook Hall is a 14th century Manor, located less than a mile from the centre of Durham.

The manor was built in sandstone with a Welsh slate roof, one of the oldest parts of the manor can be dated back to the 14th century and an extension was made in the 18th century and is surrounded by a country style gardens.

The Manor was granted to Aimery in 1217, who was the son of Archdeacon of Durham,  from whose family it passed to Peter del Croke, after whom the manor is named after.

Over the centuries the Crook Hall was passed down to many families such as the Billingham, who occupied the building for 300 years and then in 1657 it was passed down to Mickletons and after it was sold to the Hoppers in 1736 and since the Hoppers it has been sold to different owners and finally it was bought by the Cassels in 1928.

Crook Hall Durham

The Gardens within the Crook Hall, have their own personalities and features, some gardens are much newer and other have been there for many years.


  1. The Secret Walled Garden
  2. The Walled Garden
  3. The Shakespeare Garden
  4. The Cathedral Garden
  5. Silver & White Garden
  6. The Orchard
  7. The Maze & Meadow Area
  8. The Moat Pool & Ponds
  9. The Courtyard

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Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Garden Gate Café is open throughout the year:

7 days a week – 9.30 am – 5:00 pm


Crook Hall Durham

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Adult: £7.50
Concession: £7.00
Child: £5.00

Annual Prices for Adult: £19.50
Annual Prices for Concession:  £17.50
Annual Prices for a Family: £39.50


Contact Information

Official website:
Telephone: 0191 384 8028


Address: Crook Hall & Gardens, Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham, DH1 5SZ

Phone: +44 191 384 8028

Durham Castle

Durham castle keep

The Durham Castle was built in 1072, orders of William the Conqueror and supervision of Earl of Northumberland, Waltheof, However he rebelled against William and was executed in 1076.

The castle was under control of Bishop of Durham, who purchased the earldom and thus becoming the first of the Prince-Bishops of Durham, this tittle had remained until the 19th century.

The Durham castle was taken over by University College of Durham since 1840, you can still access the building through guided tours, due to the building being home to over 100 students.

It become underneath Walcher that the various castle’s first buildings were constructed. As changed into usual of Norman castles, it consisted of a motte and an inner and outer bailey, fenced or walled region.

There is a debate about whether or now not Durham fort become initially a stone or a wooden structure. historical resources mention that its keep, fortified tower, was built of wood, but there may be enough archaeological evidence to indicate that even within the past due eleventh century whilst it was first constructed, it had numerous stone buildings.

The castle stands on top of a hill above the River Wear on Durham’s peninsula, opposite Durham Cathedral.

The citadel was drastically changed throughout the medieval period as subsequent Prince-Bishops sought to make certain the residence was strong enough to repel the Scots, yet grand sufficient to suit their status.

The major rebuild was needed in the 1150’s due to devastating accidental fire and the great hall was built in 1283 and the rebuild of the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century.

Function: Castle
Extension: 2008
UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1986
Castle is part of Durham University.

Durham Castle Norman Arch Gatehouse Durham Castle Durham Castle


Address: Durham DH1 3RW, UK

Lat/Long: 54.774815N 1.576076W