Fun & Interesting Facts About Alicante
1Alicante is a Spanish city ,the capital of the province of Alicante
2The Romans named Alicante “Lucentum,” which means “City of Light”
3It is an important Mediterranean port
4It has a land mass of 77.7 sq miles
5The Castle of Santa Bárbara is one of the major sights of the city
6In 1950, Benidorm was the first tourist resort to accept bikinis on the beach
7Over 115.000 tons of rice are being produced in Alicante every year.
8The Costa Blanca has one of the healthiest climates in Europe according to World Health Organisation
9In Europe only London and Milan have more skyscrapers than Benidorm
10The name Costa Blanca was dreamed up by British European Airways as a promotional gimmick to promote its flights between London and Valencia in the 1950s.
11Santa Barbara’s Castle is 166 metres up the Benacantil mountain
12Costa Blanca means white coast
13The city serves as the headquarters of the European Union Intellectual Property Office
14Both Spanish and “Valenciano” languages are spoken in Alicante.
15The Explanada de Espana promenade, lined by 400 palm trees, is paved with 6.6 million red, black and cream marble tiles
16Typically Mediterranean – hot summers and mild winters. Little rainfall
17The amount of rain fall per year in Alicante is 12.2 inches or 311 mm
18One of the fastest growing cities in Spain was Alicante before it was affected by the global recession in 2008
19the city has the University of Alicante. The campus is located along San Vicente del Raspeig.
20Ciudad de la Luz is one of the largest film studios in Europe
21the foreigners who live in Alicante occupy 15 percent of the whole population
22Sonia Castedo Ramosshe was elected as the mayor, she is the first woman to holds this position in Alicante.
23Based on population it is the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.
24The Gothic Church of Santa María from the 14th-16th centuries was built over the former main Arab mosque.
25The record of the highest temperature occurred on the city on 4 July 1994. It was 107 degree F or 41.1 degree C.