Alicante is a relatively big tourist city at the Mediterranean coast in Spain. The city's main attractions are the long sandy beaches in the middle of the city and one of Spain's biggest medieval castles. There is also a number of other historic sites such as churches, palaces and monasteries. The city is also in the vicinity of one of Spain's most famous cave sights, which is open to tourists (Caves of Canelobre).
Monthly Weather Conditions
Alicante has great weather all year, so visit whenever you want. Rainy days don't matter because the maximum is 4 days rain per month from October to January.
For the best beach weather, it has to be from June to September. But if you want a chilled-out vacation, visit in the winter and you'll also find discounted hotel rates.
More information: Alicante forecast and weather conditions monthly
Alicante 8 most important sights:
- Guadalest Valley: The "Eagle's Nest" is located about 25 kilometers inland from Benidorm along the CV-70 road, just over one hour from Alicante.
- Castle of Santa Barbara: Perched on a hillside, this historic 16th-century castle and fortress overlooks the town of Alicante.
- Rancho La Ofra: Horseback riding through the Guadalest Valley.
- MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum: Museum
- Castillo Santa Barbara - museum: Historic 16th-century castle and fortress that overlooks the town of Alicante and also has a good museum.
- Guardamar Beach: A beautiful beach
- Museo Volvo Ocean Race: A modern installation where visitors enjoy a close-up view of the world's longest and toughest professional sporting event and learn about the heroes who battle the oceans in this race around the world.
- Santa Maria Church: Church
Recommendation for one day:
- A good start to the morning will be in Guadalest Valley. Guadalest is an outstandingly beautiful scenic area. The colours in the valley are so vibrant, and breathtaking.
- Visit the Castle of Santa Barbara, this historic 16th-century castle and fortress overlooks the town of Alicante.
- Have a great time at Guardamar Beach, it's long enough for a really good walk. It has super soft sand for sun bathing, beautifully clean water and even sand dunes for the kids to play in.
- Walk at Explanada de Espana, a very beautiful walk surrounded by trees & flowers! Relaxing by hanging out in a tapas bar along the harbour also provides very nice, relaxing views.
- Spend your evening at Canibal Lounge Pub, the atmosphere is great whether you're there at 5pm or at midnight, and the drinks are very reasonably priced.
The recommended accommodation areas for Alicante are:
Cheap area: Paseo de la Carretera
Beach area: Benidorm
Nightlife: La Bohemia
Compared to prices worldwide, Alicante is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $53.09, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $191.33, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $51.53
- Hotel (3 stars): $71.76
- Hotel (4 stars): $95.26
- Hotel (5 stars): $253.26
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $13.07
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $21.76
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.04
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.12
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $13.31
Alicante has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 71.6 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 87.1 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 64.4 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Alicante safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.