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Attractions Alicante

Castle of Santa Barbara On the top of Mount Benacantil at a height of 166 metres, there is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, built in the ninth century by Muslims. An amazing view of town and harbour. If you feel fit, the walk from Plaza de Carmen is a sight in itself, through some narrow winding streets. If not, there is an elevator in the core of Mount Benacantil itself. The castle can also be reached by car, but parking slots are scarce.
The elevator runs from the ground level near the main road of Avenue de Juan Bautista Lafora (38°20’48.17″N 0°28’36.71″W) and stops at two levels in the castle. It may not be easy to spot the entrance! The easiest route is to follow Postiguet beach to the footbridge, then cross the road and pick your way West along the pavement until you see the sign for the castle and the tunnel entrance.
Entry to the castle is free. A round-way trip by the elevator from the ground floor can be bought a the ticket machine near the end of the tunnel. Insert your money, press the large green “A” button, then “Ticket”, and your ticket will be printed. Maps are provided. Traveling between the two castle levels is free.
Always note the “last elevator” times at the ticket machine, though. WEB

The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form and is one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. The Promenade extends from the Port of Alicante 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. At the end of the promenade is a monument by the artist Bañuls of the 19th century.

Barrio de la Santa Cruz is a colourful quarter of the old city, situated on the south-west of Santa Bárbara castle. Its small houses climb up the hill leading to the walls and the castle, through narrow streets decorated with flags and tubs of flowers.

Archaeological Museum of Alicante(MARQ), Plaza del Doctor Gómez Ulla. founded in 1932, has avant-garde design and uses modern audiovisual techniques, with more than 80,000 pieces found in local archaeological sites. Shows educational movies about the history of Alicante area from the Stone Age, through Iberian and Roman eras, to the medieval times. WEB

L’Ereta Park is situated on the foothills of Mount Benacantil, on the way to the castle. It runs from the Santa Bárbara castle down to the old part of Alicante and consists of several levels, routes, decks and rest stops which offer a panoramic view overlooking the city.

El Palmeral Park is one of the favorite parks of Alicante’s citizens. It includes walking trails, children’s playgrounds, ponds and brooks, picnic tables and an auditorium for concerts.

Gravina Museum of Fine Arts(MUBAG), Calle Gravera 9, Old Town. Local fine arts museum. Some excellent artworks by Spanish artists, displayed over 3 floors. Take time to watch the video presentation ‘Black and White’ on historic Alicante. Free. WEB

Asegurada Museum of Modern Art(MACA), P­laza de Santa María, 3. On display there are a few works by world-famous artists of XX century: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Julio González, Juan Gris, Joan Miró; as well as art collections by two local artists Eusebio Sempere and Juana Francés. WEB

Castle of San Fernando, in the north part of Alicante center, built at the beginning of the 19th century on Tossal hill. WEB

Tabarca Island, is a must see in Alicante. It is a time capsule, with no cars, chain stores or sky scrapers (or ATM’s, so remember to bring cash!) About 25% of the island is a small walled town with a beautiful church. The rest of the island is a protected wilderness.

Basilica of Santa María (14th–16th centuries), built in Gothic style over the former main mosque. Other features include the high altar, in Rococo style, and the portal, in Baroque style, both from the 18th century.

Co-cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari (15th–18th centuries), also built over a mosque. It is the main church of Alicante and the bishop’s seat. WEB

Monastery of Santa Faz (15th century), located 5 kilometres (3 miles) outside the city, in Baroque style.

Defence towers of the Huerta de Alicante (15th–18th centuries), built to defend against the Barbary pirates. Today some 20 towers are still extant.

Casa consistorial de Alicante (18th century), also in Baroque style. WEB

Convent of the Canónigas de San Agustín (18th century). MAP

Like in many Spanish towns, Alicante too has its own festivals or Fiestas as the Spanish says.

The most important one, is the Bonfires of Saint John (Fogueres de Sant Joan), which takes place during the summer solstice. This is followed a week later by five nights of firework and pyrotechnic contests between companies on the urban beach Playa del Postiguet.

Overall, the city boasts a year-round nightlife and during the summer months, the nightlife social scene tends to shift to nearby Playa de San Juan

Every summer in Alicante, a two-month-long programme of music, theatre and dance is staged in the Paseo del Puerto.

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