Both official names for our city and the capital of the Alicante province.
This major city boasts a port, airport and all the hussle and bustle you can dream of with a rail and road network linking it with all the coastal and inland towns easily.
For shopping hit the Gran Via high street for designer labels and wander through the side street shops for those all important bargains. Other places to visit that are highly recommended include the boats in the marina and enjoy a drink or meal in one of the many bars and restaurants along the shore and promenade, even place a few bets in the casino. On the hill side of the city there is the Santa Barbara Castle which overlooks the city and far beyond. The tower (La Torreta) at the top, is the oldest part of the castle and gives spectacular views of whole city. The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with an amazing 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. The Promenade extends from the Port to the Gran Vía and ends at the famous statue of Mark Hersch. For the people of Alicante, the promenade is the meeting place for the traditional Spanish paseo, or stroll along the waterfront in the evenings, and a venue for outdoor musical concerts and boasts a fantastic fun fair for the children! Cruise ships can regularly be seen on the horizon and Alicante is easily reached wherever you are staying but try taking the train from the stations found at Villajoyosa, Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi, Altea and Calpe, you really will have a great day out.