Alicante holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Year-round

January – December

Getting There

43 – 86 £GBP

LCY → ALC

Stay There

49 £GBP

4-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Euro
1.00 USD = 0.85 EUR
CURRENT WEATHER
Mostly Cloudy
+25°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 24 £GBP (20 min)

Bus: 1 £GBP (50 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 7 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 18 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.30 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
Health & Safety

Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 91

Why Alicante

Alicante, located on the Costa Blanca of Spain, between Valencia and Murcia, was founded more than 3,000 years ago. The oldest part of Alicante is marked by the castle of Santa Barbara, but there are also some Roman remains as well as Christian and Moorish relics. There are plenty of sandy beaches, fantastic nightlife and charming cafes, restaurants and bars. The multitude of cultural attractions makes Alicante hugely popular with tourists to this part of Spain.

Alicante holidays offer everything you could possibly want for a sun-filled trip abroad. Alicante, in Spain has its own international airport with flights direct from the UK. Great for tour groups and a romantic destination for couples, this beautiful resort has dozens of sightseeing attractions, a stunning sandy beach, a very energetic nightlife.

When to go

Temperature: June and September have temperatures averaging 27 degrees Celsius, and in May and October the average is 26 degrees Celsius.

Best time for holidays to Alicante: any time of the year.

With very mild temperatures and an average of only about 20 days of rain a year, Alicante pleasant year-round, but for the best beach weather, visit  between June and September (warning, the sands will be most crowded at this time, too). But if you want a relaxed holiday, visit in the winter; there’s fewer crowds you'll enjoy temperature is still warm, and you’ll get better hotel rates.

Where to go/stay

When you are in Alicante you’ll discover a choice of pristine white sand beaches close to beach bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels.  You’re pretty much guaranteed to catch some rays on Alicante holidays as the city has a beautiful sandy beach which is Blue Flag awarded. La Playa de San Juan, which leads up to the city of San Juan is long and wide and is an idyllic place for spending days in the sun Playa de San Juan, is regarded as one of Spain’s best beaches, its facilities include watersports, lifeguards, a children’s playground, even golf.

Alicante has countless sightseeing attractions and is a great place to learn more about Spanish history and culture with it numerous  castles, cathedrals and a stunning harbour. The Castle of Santa Barbara is one of those “must sees”, it is one of the cry's major landmarks. Built on the top of Mount Benacantil it has incredible views over the city and out to sea. The Iglesia de Santa Maria or St Mary’s Church was built in Gothic style in the 14th to 16th centuries and is lavishly adorned with a Baroque interior. The famous boulevard and the shopping streets of Alicante are also worth visiting – perfect for holiday retail therapy.

Holidays in Alicante are famed for its vibrant nightlife. In the port area there are fantastic  nightclubs and bars which are popular with tourists and locals alike.

Things to do

On Alicante holidays you can pick and mix from a wide range of activities, with plenty of things going on the beaches as well as off them. The town itself, with its long and sometimes bloody history, is packed with sites to explore, and there’s a diverse range of shopping on offer, from designer outlets to colourful markets.

Take a day-trip to Valencia – a major Spanish cultural city – and spend a day of sightseeing and shopping there. There are also boat trips on offer along the coast and bus trips to the resorts and towns further inland.

From canoeing to caving, wine tasting to water parks, this is your opportunity to taste adventure on the Costa Blanca. Further afield the kids will love the theme parks in Torreveija and Benidorm. If you can possibly tear yourself away from the stunning beaches, the Alicante region is also a popular choice with hikers, cyclists and food lovers.

There is a wealth of international cuisine to savour in Alicante’s restaurants, British, German, French and Chinese are especially common, but Spanish regional cuisine is, of course, streets ahead, served up in the cafes and restaurants that line the Plaza Sierra Mar especially.

There is also plenty to do in the evenings on holidays to Alicante, with numerous restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs springing into life, they are open until late and cater to all tastes in music and entertainment.