If youâ€™re looking for a quick escape to sun, sea and wonderful surroundings, then the Spanish city of Alicante should fit the bill. The port city on the Costa Blanca is deep with history and of course very popular due to its beaches.
Enjoy a thriving nightlife in Alicante
Alicante and the Costa Blanca region are famous as a holiday destination and if youâ€™re looking for a place to let your hair down and mix with other like-minded people then this is the place for you. You can find out more about flying to Alicante at Flybe in preparation for your trip, then just pack your toothbrush, swimwear and a few other essentials and youâ€™ll be good to go. El Barrio is the best neighbourhood for clubs and youâ€™ll be able to dance the night away until 5am the following morning.
Sports activities in Alicante
The more athletic among you might prefer to indulge in some other forms of recreational activity. The regionâ€™s mild climate means that you can go paragliding or skydiving during most months of the year. Jet skiing is very popular, and so is scuba diving. The warm waters of the Mediterranean simply demand to be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Festivals for all seasons in Alicante
The Spanish tradition for festivals dominates this city. You can enjoy celebrating Saint Anthonyâ€™s day on the 17th of January, by watching the animal blessing in the local bullring, or you can just wander around the market sampling traditional food. If you want something a little more exotic, then the Moors and Christiansâ€™ Festival held around March/April will allow you to watch re-enacted battles and then enjoy lots of wonderful food and wine at the end of the proceedings. In fact during the course of any calendar month youâ€™ll be sure to find some sort of festival in Alicante.
History in Alicante
Despite being more famous for its contemporary tourist attractions, Alicante has an ancient history, dating back to pre-historic times. The city possesses a fine archaeological museum, the Museo Archeologico Provincial de Alicante, as well as an excellent collection of contemporary art in the Museo De La Asegurada. Painters, including Miro, Chagall and Kandinsky can all be viewed here. If you want to see examples of 21st century art, then the Museo de la Universidad de Alicante (MUA) has a vibrant research and exhibition programme. The medieval Saint Barbara Castle is right in the centre of Alicante and dominates the city. Climb to the top of Mount Benacantil to visit this iconic monument.