Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain

Map of Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain. Alicante Castle - Castillo de Santa Barbara You can take the lift up to the castle from here Playa Postiguet Playa San Juan Museo de Arte Siglo XX Iglesia de Santa Maria Catedral de San Nicolas Mercado Central Galerias Preciados Museo Arqueologico  El Corte Ingles

Alicante is one of the best known towns along the Costa Blanca., it offers wide boulevards with palm trees and shopping streets. Hover you mouse over the red dots on the map to see the location of sights and shopping

Alicante has about 310 000 habitants. The promenade the "Explanada de Espana" that runs along the harbour is one the most appealing features of the city. With palm trees, flower beds, and cafés. The old quarter of the city is a maze of small streets climbing the hill. Higher up are white-washed houses with panoramic views over the city and the bay.

Eating out is a favourite pastime here. Many restaurants prefer to serve traditional Spanish foods, both paella and fish dishes.

Alicante Castle - Castillo de Santa Barbara
The Castillo de Santa Barbara is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. The Castle looks out over the city from the summit of mount Benacantil, 166m above sea level. The site was originally an Iberian hill fort, and the present castle was built in the sixteenth century. The castle is well preserved, and a beautiful garden has been created in the grounds. You can either drive to the castle or take the lift up from Postiguet beach. Entrance to the castle is free but there is a charge for using the elevator.

Iglesia de Santa Maria
Iglesia de Santa Maria, is the oldest church in the city and was built between the 14th and 16th centuries. This church was built on the site of an Arab mosque from the Morrish occupation of the area. The interior is gothic with a baroque altar & doorway. Its front comprises of two solid looking towers and Baroque stonework. The church houses several important works of art.

Alicante Cathedral - Concatedral de Nicolas de Bari
The Cathedral de San Nicolas was built between 1616 and 1662 and stands over 45 metres tall. This renaissance style building is considered to be one of the best examples of Spanish baroque architecture. Worth noting is the cloister, with grilles & wooden doors. The Communion Chapel inside is a particularly beautiful example of Spanish Baroque. St Nicolas is the patron saint of the city.

Alicante Museum - Museo Casa de la Asegurada
Dating from the 17th century this building has had a variety of uses over the years, ranging from municipal granary, artillery storehouse, prison, school of commerce & a provisional city hall. Today it is a museum with a large collection of 20th century art, much of which was donated to the city by the artist "Eusebio Sempere" in 1976. The museum houses works by Gris, Miro, Picasso & Dali, as well as works by lesser know Spanish painters such as Chillida, Mompo & Zobel.

Palacio Gravina
Built in the 18th century this building is the home of the Provincial Archives and the Provincial Gallery with fine paintings from the 19th century.. A number of different exhibitions & cultural activities are held here every year

Isla de Tabarca
The Island of Tabarca is a guitar-shaped island with a total area of 30 hectares, 11 nautical miles from Alicante & reached by ferry from the harbour. The island was once a base for pirates. In 1760, King Carlos III ordered a fortress to be built there and which you can visit today. There is a pleasant beach plus a number of seafood restaurants.

The Archaeology Museum, opened in 1932 has an extensive collection of artifacts. The museum is now housed in a new building and uses modern of multimedia displays.

The main Theatre dates from 1847 and is a fine example of classical construction.

The Bullring is one of the oldest in Spain still in use. Built in 1849 it has since been restored and enlarged.

The Harbour was once the port of Madrid. Today as well as a working fishing fleet there are pleasure crafts and passenger vessels plus a variety of bars and restaurants around it.

The Old Town - Behind the cathedral and the city hall, there are a number of small streets that climb up the hill, such as San Nicolás and San Agustín, if you stroll along them you will come across squares like Plaza de Quijano or Plaza del Carmen, and houses with overhanging balconies and bay windows. The Santa Cruz quarter has narrow streets like San Roque, Diputado Auset, San Rafael with traditional whitewashed houses.

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