A weekend in Alicante is the right destination if you have little time but want to take 2 days off. Here are some ideas on what to see and where to go.
A weekend in Alicante can be organized at any time of the year because the city, located in the south-east of Spain, enjoys a pleasant climate in all seasons. It is lively, clean and efficient and in the evening it overwhelms tourists and alicantini with its nightlife. Here ar some quick tips on what to see and where to eat.
Start from the symbolic monument, the Castle of Santa Barbara that rises imposingly over the city.
Built in the 9th century by the Arabs, it was conquered by Alfonso di Castiglia in 1248 and later by the Aragonese. It is surrounded by high medieval walls and several bastions.
The complex is very large and includes the area of the Tower and that of the rooms of Philip II, the Governor’s House, the Torre della Campana and the Bastione. The fortress also offers an unparalleled view of the city and the sea.
To get to the Castle you can walk a stretch of the beautiful and modern promenade and then go up the elevator, while on the way back you can walk down and cross the Barrio de Santa Cruz.
It is in this historic district that you can breathe the most intimate and ancient soul of Alicante with its narrow streets and colorful houses. In a succession of small squares you will find yourself in front of the Town Hall building, the Ayuntamiento and the two main churches.
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas was erected on the remains of a mosque and has a Baroque façade and a shining blue dome. A few steps away is the Basilica of Santa Maria, the oldest church, built in the Valencian Gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries.
Next to the church there is the Museum of Contemporary Art with few works but the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Dalì, Mirò and Braque.
A weekend in Alicante is also good food and in the maze of streets of the Barrio there are many restaurants ready to satisfy all tastes.
Continue your tour on the waterfront, the most modern part. Stroll on the Esplanada de España, the long avenue lined with palm trees and paved with millions of white, red and black marble tiles that reproduce thousands of waves.
Along this avenue you can sip a drink, eat or shop at the craft stalls immersed in a relaxed, typically holiday atmosphere.
During the day, take a walk on the long pier that juts out into the sea to admire the city and the Castle from another perspective, and finally relax on El Postiguet beach directly in the city center.
Other famous beaches are: San Juan, La Albufereta, La Almadraba and Agua Amarga which also welcomes our four-legged friends.
During your weekend in Alicante, take the Explanada even in the evening because the illuminated course is very impressive.
Along the Port area and the Marina, between yachts and boats there is also a Casino and if you are feeling lucky, you will get revenue and stakes.
Another stop not to be missed is the Borgonesse pastry to taste the nougat, the typical product made in many variations.
Make an escort for your weekend in Alicante for when you will be in Italy.
Even the central covered market is a gem in terms of flavors and typical products. Do not leave without tasting raw ham from Ibericos Victor.
Walking through the streets you will often come across fascinating and enormous ficus trees that create pleasant shaded areas and represent a distinctive trait of Alicante.
An unusual and fairy-tale street is Carrer San Francisco littered with giant mushrooms.
Finally, on the last day of your weekend in Alicante, take an excursion to the Tabarca fishing island.
Just an hour from Alicante is a characteristic village full of restaurants that cook excellent fish and for sea lovers it is ideal for diving.
If you manage to organize the weekend in Alicante in June for the feast of San Giovanni you can watch the spectacular bonfire of the fogatte, the huge cardboard statues.
The night between 23 and 24 June, to celebrate the summer solstice, the whole city ‘ignites’ following this ancient ritual.
A last look at the crystalline sea and the fortress and I’m already back in Italy.
And are you ready for a weekend in Alicante?
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