Alicante, Spain

Alicante is found on the Costa Blanca in Spain and is the capital of the province of Alicante and was also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante is about 350,000 and is the second-largest city in the province of Valencia..

Alicante is one of the fastest growing cities in Spain as the local economy is based upon tourism thanks to the beaches all along the Costa Blanca coast as well as an ever increasing number of excellent par 72 golf courses.

The city has regular ferry services to the Balearic Islands and also Algeria and the Alicante airport is close by. The city is very well fortified due to historical invasions of the city and boasts one of the deepest harbors in the world. I remember when the QE2 docked to pick up just 2 passengers and ther are always American and British Cruisers in dock.

Among the most spectacular features of the city is the Santa Barbara Castle that is perched high above the city and you shouldn’t miss the most important local pagan festival called Las Hogueras and celebrates the first day of Summer which happens to be on Saint Juan´s day and you will enjoy seeing on the hand made artistic figures that will end up being burnt down on Saint Juan´s night.

The nightlife social scene tends to shift to nearby Playa de San Juan and it’s happening all year round. In the summer there are loads of street bars that open up and are just packed with people. Off season it is really happening in the Alicante Golf commercial centre which is full of buzzing bars.

Just a short tram trip from Alicante Golf you will find the modern fishing village of El Campello that you will find to be the perfect place for spending the day on one of the many beach side bars where you can soak up the sun in a relaxing style.

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