Alicante is one of those cities that still retains its traditional charm. It can boast of being a bright and warm city with a pleasant climate throughout most of the year. Because of this, a beach visit with the Santa Barbara castle dominating the centre can almost be assured. But of course, there is so much more than sun and beach.
Alicante deserves more than one visit to know all of its gems but now we will show the main ones.
The construction took more than 6 and a half million pieces of marble to build this tricolour mosaic promenade floor. It has become the most internationally known postcard of the city. It is located parallel to the marina and shaded by rows of palm trees. As a result, it is cool in summer and pleasant during the winter period. Many come here for a walk or read the newspaper while their children play for a while. Obviously, it is possible to have a drink, lunch or dinner in a restaurant or cafe located along the promenade. With a bit of luck, there will even be a concert at the Concha Auditorium. This is a stage that shows performances throughout the year.
The Marina of Alicante
The harbour is located in front of the Esplanade separated by the road that runs through the centre. It has two piers that have hotels, restaurants as well as shops and bars. Both piers offer great views at the Santa Barbara Castle, especially when it is lit at sunset. The former Fish Market building is located next to the southern pier. It is used as an exhibition hall where many interesting exhibitions are shown.
The Postiguet Beach
This is a very busy beach at the end of the Esplanade and especially busy during summer. It offers all the necessary service and accessibility as it is attached to the centre of the city.
Castle of Santa Barbara
The Santa Bárbara castle is a city icon, as well as the rock formation known as Head of the Moor.
The Santa Barbara castle can be visited using the free elevator from the entrance in front of Postiguet beach. Furthermore, there is an access road on the back that makes it possible to drive up to it by car. There is a car park to leave the car and explore the different parts of the castle on foot. When arriving at the top the impressive 360-degree views of Alicante as well as the Mediterranean can be enjoyed.
The Santa Bárbara Castle was built at the end of the 9th century during the Muslim domination. Although much more ancient remains have been found on its slopes. Alfonso de Castilla (future King Alonso X) conquered the castle from the Moors in 1248. Because this happened on the festive Santa Barbara day this is how the castle got its name.
The Santa Barbara castle has three separate parts, the highest is known as La Torreta. with zones such as the engineers’ park. The middle section has the troop quarters among others. And the lowermost modern part is where the actual car park is.
Different events, as well as free guided tours, are organised in the Santa Barbara Castle during the year. It is okay to bring food and drinks since there is a large picknick area in the middle section. Especially in summer, it is a lovely place to relax and digest the scenery and your food.
Barrio de Santa Cruz
One of the most typical neighbourhoods of Alicante is still not well known. It feels like moving into another world walking through its narrow and steep lanes, between the colourful houses. We leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind us as we enjoy the flowers adorning the facades. It is located in a fairly high area, next to the wall, that descends from the Santa Bárbara Castle.
Park of the Ereta
The beautiful Ereta park next to the mythical neighbourhood of Santa Cruz occupies almost seven hectares. The winding paths invite to enjoy the fantastic viewpoints, fountains and nature. Some cafeterias and a panoramic restaurant offer the second best panoramic views of the city of Alicante.
Visit this park without being in a hurry and with the desire to disconnect from the city and to breathe pure air. The Barrio de Santa Cruz and a few flights of stairs give access to the park.
It is best to first visit the Barrio Santa Cruz and to go to the Ereta park afterwards. Once there just sit on a bench and listen. Listen to the sounds of the fountains and contemplate the wonderful views of Alicante and the Mediterranean.
Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari
The San Nicolás de Bari Procathedral is a must if you want to learn about history and culture of Alicante. This church was built on the ruins of a mosque and is located in the old centre at present day. Some of the main streets of the centre surround it. Streets like Calle Mayor and Calle de los Labradores nowadays offer a variety of restaurants, bars and shops.
Park El Palmeral de Alicante
This park is one of the most important natural resources of Alicante and surroundings. It is a great place to visit and spend mornings or evening with children. Because it offers large areas suitable for walking, playing or running around among the abundant palm trees and roads. There are even a lake and artificial rivers that have wooden bridges to cross them.
It is located on the road to Elche and part of the Barrio de San Gabriel, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its privileged location facing the sea, it stands out from other palm groves. Such as the Palmeral de Elche and the Palmeral de Orihuela.
The Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante is very interesting from a didactic point of view. And rigorous, spectacular and fun at the same time. Three large halls offer audiovisual, scenographic and interactive ways to delve into the techniques used by archaeologists. Making it possible to discover the past and offer valuable information exposed in an attractive and didactic way.
In addition, the Museum has exhibition spaces for temporary exhibitions, and facilities necessary to carry out research, conservation, restoration, cataloguing and dissemination tasks.
The Gravina Fine Arts Museum (MUBAG) is located inside the Palacio del Conde de Lumiares, a four-storey building, built between 1748 and 1808, and declared a Historic-Artistic Monument of local character.
MUBAG became a unique place to enjoy art after a profound rehabilitation between 1998 and 2001. This rehabilitation sought to combine the style of the Casa Palacio with the most advanced techniques in museology. Nowadays it shows more than 3000 pieces of the collection of the Diputación de Alicante. These pieces are collected since the nineteenth century and date from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. This large volume of work and stable samples are periodically organised.
In addition, the MUBAG offers in parallel, other activities related to culture and art, such as concerts, conferences, guided tours and workshops for all ages.
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