Alicante Old Town

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Stanta Barbara Castle

Once the targeted by pirates sailing along the coast, Alicante still shows remains of walled fortifications around what is now its old town. These can be identified as stone crosses which mark where gates once stood in three locations. However, there is much more to see and experience in Alicante’s old town, or el barrio, than remains of its old walled defences. There is an abundance of historic buildings from churches to museums, along with a multitude of clubs, cafes and restaurants. All that the old town has to offer is easily accessible by foot due to its compact nature. If that wasn’t enough, Santa Barbara Castle which looms above this region of Alicante provides a fantastic back-drop for your explorations. In fact, Parque de la Ereta, a park designed by French architect to be in harmony with nature, offers a walkway between the castle and the old town.

iStock 000010012909XSmall St. Nicolis Catheral 200x300 Alicante Old TownThe small medieval streets of the triangular region that is the old town provide a relaxing setting for a stroll without any fear of getting lost. You’ll likely come across the town hall, or Ayubtamiento, an outstanding example of baroque architecture with twin towers reaching 35m high. The cathedral of San Nicolas de Bari, which dates back to the 17th century, can be found nearby and is another stunning example of baroque architecture. With features such as its high alter and tranquil garden, this cathedral is particularly memorable. Also in the old town and dating back to the late 14th century is the church of Sant Bartolomé, it is now a listed National Historic and Artistic Monument.

Alicante’s old town is also home to museums such as the Gravine Museum of Fine Arts which showcases Spanish art over three floors, and the Museu de Arte del Siglo XX Asegurada, a modern art museum within the city’s oldest building which dates back to 1685 where works by Picasso and Calder Dali among others are displayed.
After a day of exploring the historic buildings, cafes and curio shops in the area, there are plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes. With a multitude of bars and pubs, you won’t find yourself short of places to enjoy a drink or two. With a diverse collection of venues, Alicante’s old town is sure to provide a fantastic night out.
With souvenir shopping, opportunities to be immersed in culture and great nightlife on offer, the old town region of Alicante will please everyone around the clock.

Alicante

 

iStock 000005358696Small Alicante1 300x200 AlicanteAlicante is a city little known to the major tourist trade but happily this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot to offer visitors. It is popular with Spaniards, with a wealth of history and entertainment to keep the locals and holiday makers alike happy.
With a range of atmospheres ranging from the tangled streets of the old quarters with their curio shops, to the white-washed properties higher on the hill with their stunning views of the city, Alicante has a lot to offer. Don’t fear, despite being so varied it’s easy to explore due to its compact nature.

With its very own mountain castle, 18th century manor houses, amazing beaches and an active nightlife; you’ll never be wanting for something to do. Alicante is also home to a multitude of churches, some dating back to the 16th century. The bullring, built in 1849, is one of Spain’s oldest; it has been restored and enlarged. The recently face-lifted El Barrio is where you can find an abundance of culture and charm in the form of the buildings and the ambience.
Alicante has a range of beaches suitable for a range of needs. For the water sport fans, the secluded Albufereta beach can provide what’s needed. Alternatively, the Playa del Coco may be the ideal choice for those who need easy access to rail links. The largest of them all at 5km long, the Playa de San Juan should cater for most with its range of hotels, bars, restaurants (it even has a golf course). Finally, majestic views of Alicante bay can be seen from the walkway at Saladar beach which itself is an attractive sandy beach. A relaxing stroll down the seaside Explanada de Espana will provide access to shops and cafes in a somewhat unique way as it is adorned with marble in black, red and cream, in addition to its palm tree lining.Numerous public parks complete with monuments and water features provide the opportunity to relax in the open air away from the beach. Besides beaches, historic buildings and parks, Alicante is an education hub with the university (founded in 1979) catering to over 30,000 students and a campus exceeding 1m square meters.
The harbour of Alicante, once the port of Madrid, is active to this day with working fishing fleets, sailing clubs, restaurants and nightlife.