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 12.pm
Lift:  From monday to sunday: 10.00h to 23.30h

September
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.

Address
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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Beaches

 

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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Alicante Nightclubs

Teatre Day & Night

Pub Carabassa

Pub Carabassa

Music type: Dance, Disco, House, Pop-rock, Española, 90’s Noventas.

Opening Hours
Monday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Tuesday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Wednesday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Thursday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Friday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Saturday 4:00 pm–4:00 am
Sunday 4:00 pm–12:00 am

Location: Plaza san Cristobal, Alicante, Spain

Teatre Day & Night

Teatre Day & Night

Just a few minutes distance away from Playa de San Juan

Opened since April 2010

Opening Hours
Friday 12:00 pm –3:30 am & 5 pm–4 am
Saturday 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sunday         Closed
Monday        Closed
Tuesday       Closed
Wednesday  Closed
Thursday      Closed

Website: http://teatrealicante.com/en/

Location: Calle Tomás López Torregrosa, 4, 03002 Alicante, Spain

Discoteca Oz

Discoteca Oz

 

The largest night club in Alicante.

Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 –7:00 am
Saturday 12:00 –7:00 am
Sunday 12:00 –7:00 am
Monday      Closed
Tuesday     Closed
Wednesday 12:00 –7:00 am
Thursday 12:00 –7:00 am

Location: Avenida Delfine Viudes, s/n 03183 TORREVIEJA (Alicante) Antigua Pacha, Spain.

 

Karaoke Feelings

 Karaoke Feelings

Karaoke bar

Opening Hours:
Monday 8:00 pm–3:30 am
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 8:00 pm–3:30 am
Thursday 8:00 pm–3:30 am
Friday 8:00 pm–5:00 am
Saturday 7:00 pm–5:00 am
Sunday 6:00 pm–3:30 am

Location: Marina Deportiva, Muelle 6, Local 9, 03001 Alicante, Spain

Club Camelot

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Disco club in Santa Pola, Spain

Opening Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 5:00 pm–4:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm–4:00 am
Sunday 5:00 pm–4:00 am

Location: Av. Vicente Blasco Ibañez, 03130 Santa Pola, Alacant, Spain

Stereo

Stereo alicante

Disco club in Alicante, Spain

Opening Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 12–6:30am
Friday 3:30–7am
Saturday 3:30–7:30am
Sunday Closed

Location: Carrer Pintor Velazquez, 5, 03004 Alacant, Spain

Tabarca Island

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.

1,800 metres lengthy and measures some 400 metres throughout at its widest point.

The Island is the largest island out of all the small group of island known as the archipelago or the islote de la Cantera, Tabarca Island is protected marine reserve and this draws the scuba divers and snorkelers who swim among the vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island.

Tabarca became the final Spanish Mediterranean area where the seriously endangered Mediterranean monk seal efficiently bred before they become extinct in 1960, This shows that the water quality around the island is one of the best, waters around Tabarca had been declared a Marine reserve in 1986, which was the first type of marine reserve in Spain.

Marine Reserve Authorities laid down artificial reef to enhance the marine biodiversity and protect it from fishing.

Dating back to early day’s, its beaches have been a safe haven for Berber pirates, who attacked the coast however in the 18th century, King Carlos III ordered the island to be fortified and a metropolis constructed, in which to house numerous families of Genoese fishermen who have been being held prisoner in the Tunisian city of Tabarka.

Due to the size of the Island, only being 2 Km Long, it lacks roads and cars, cars are actually rarely seen, each side of the island can be reached on foot, the streets are made of stone and sand, which give it that unique look.

Main attractions of the island are:

The Wall: which surrounds the city area.

Governor’s House: which was planned to be a castle.

Lighthouse: hosts a marine laboratory.

Torre de San José: defensive tower.

Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo: its the only church on the island.

You can reach the island from Alicante, Torrevieja, Benidorm and San Pola.

There are four different ports that give you access to the island:

  1. The port of Alicante.
  2. The port of Santa Pola.
  3. The port of Torrevieja.
  4. The port of Benidorm.

Tabarca Island Plan/ Layout

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Location

Autonomous Community: Valencian Community

Province: Province of Alicante

Santa Bárbara Castle

Santa Bárbara Castle

Santa Bárbara castle is a fortification in the middle of Alicante, Spain. It stands on Mount Benacantil.

Bronze Age, Iberian, and Roman artifacts have been found at the slopes of the mountain, but the origins of the citadel date to the ninth century at the time of Muslim manage of the Iberian Peninsula, from 711 till 1296.

From the 18th century the navy role of the fort has declined and it become used now and again as a prison. The fort remained deserted till 1963, when it became opened to the public.

Even though this powerful castle perched as it’s miles, on top of a mountain with sheer aspects seems impregnable it became defeated on numerous events. when the British had control of the citadel they had been defeated by way of the Spanish who dug a cave into the mountain aspect, stuffed it with gunpowder and lit the fuse, blasting the mountain apart and an excellent proportion of the fortress with it.

Santa Barbara fortress has everything you’ll anticipate, cannons, a palace, dungeons, a moat, the ruins of a small church and of route that famous lookout tower.

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.

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Monday: 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am–10:00 pm

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Location

03002 Alicante, Spain

El Postiguet beach

El Postiguet beach

El Postiguet beach is famend for the excellent of its sand, its palm tree boardwalk and its cafes. Together with its proximity to the old zone.

There are zones reserved for playing sports which include seashore volleyball, and plenty of car parking areas nearby, both public and private.

El Postiguet seaside provides access and support to less able with leisure-educational areas aimed toward people with intellectual disabilities, in addition to a bathing/swimming assistance service for humans with bodily disabilities all through the summer.

The seashore of El Postiguet is inside the city, on the foot of Santa Bárbara fortress and alongside the port and the Explanation esplanade.

Location

Carrer de Jovellanos, 542, 03002 Alacant, Spain

Parque El Palmeral

Parque 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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Plan your visit: People typically spend up to 30 minutes to 1 hour
How to get there: Bus line 1

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Monday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am–11:00 pm

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Location

Address: Calle Deportista Joaquín Blume, 33, 03008 Alicante, Spain

Province: Province of Alicante

San Juan beach

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.

It is 7 km lengthy and eighty five m extensive and it starts in which the Coves of Cabo de las Huertas give up and it finishes when Muchavista beach starts.

This place of the Costa Blanca enjoys a privileged place and an tremendous moderate weather, with a median year round temperature of 18-20° C.

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Length: 2900
Width: 85 m
Type of beach: Opened
Situation: semi-urban
Color sand: gold
Sand type: fine
Slope: 0º
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2 Lava Pies Foot Bath
2 Tumbonas Sunbeds
2 Sombrillas Umbrellas
Parking Parking
Hospitals, First aid and lifeguard
Minusvalidos 52 x 52 Disabled access and care services for the bath- disabled people during summer.
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Pedal boats
Public bathrooms
Games for kids
Fitness equipment
Restaurants and beach bars.
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Location

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

Alicante City Museum MUSA

MUSA alicante

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.

Contact Details

Telephone: 965 15 29 69
Telephone: 965 21 17 44

Email: musa@alicante-ayto.es

Location

Address: Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Calle Vázquez de Mella s/n 03013 Alicante

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Contemporary Art Museum MACA

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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Established: 1977
Type: Art museum
Curator: Public (city of Alicante)

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am–8:00 pm

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Telephone: +34 965 21 31 56

Official Website: http://www.maca-alicante.es

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Address: Plaza Sta. María, 3, 03002 Alicante, Spain
Coordinates: 38°20′46.5″N 0°28′46.9″W
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Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros y Museo Taurino de Alicante

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

Before the fight

Bullfighters have a few traditions however the usual one is done when the bullfighter throws his hat behind him and if it lands the right way up the bullfighter will have luck however if it lands the other way round the fight might not be so lucky.

After the Fight

The bullfighters do a lap of honour after each fight, their team will accompany the fighter around the arena and their fans usually throw flowers and other gifts, sometimes even clothing such as chats and tops, and they usually pick the item up and throw it back to the person, this is done to show a sign of mutual respect.

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

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

Entry Fees

€6

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Opening Hours

Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am– 8 pm
Sunday:10 am– 8 pm

The Bullfighting Museum

Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 to 13:30h. and 17:00 to 20:00h.

Saturdays from 10:30 to 13:30h.

Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays: Closed

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Facilities

Museum dedicated to the spectacle

The exhibits in the bullfighting museum are labeled in English, Spanish, French and German.

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Contact Details

Telephone Number: +34 952 87 41 32

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Plaza de Toros y Museo Taurino de Alicante Plaza de Toros y Museo Taurino de Alicante Plaza de Toros y Museo Taurino de Alicante

Location

Calle Virgen de la Paz
15, 29400 Ronda
Málaga
Spain

GPS Location:

Latitude: 36.742065 (36° 44′ 31.43” N)
Longitude: -5.167544 (5° 10′ 3.16” W)