Get to know this precious historic port city located on the Costa Blanca in southeast Spain. Come and savour the unique beauty and amazing climate of this charismatic city with over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. Alicante offers beautiful parks and gardens on every corner, an ancient fortress overlooking the city, a marina full of yachts and shopping streets lined with famous high street brands as well as small local businesses. Endless beaches annually awarded with a blue flag for their quality, hundreds of palm trees, crystal-clear warm blue sea and the city’s valuable historical heritage dating back to the Phoenicians and the Romans make it a place worth visiting. The combination of beautiful weather and friendliness of the locals make Alicante an ideal place to live for the Spanish and to study for foreign students.
The biggest festival in Alicante is Las Hogueras de San Juan, The Bonfires of St John, which takes place from 20th to 24th June and is considered to be one of the largest festivals of its type in Europe. During this time the city becomes a five-day non-stop party zone with great food and lots of drinks, culminating in bonfires on the streets and magnificent firework displays every midnight.
Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine is based on the collection of exquisite traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation. You can find unique food made using the region’s best products, including the world famous paella valenciana available on every corner of Alicante. The terrace restaurants that line the beach promenade La Explanada and the numerous bars and clubs scattered around the historical centre El Barrio create the best atmosphere and are enjoyable any day of the week.
Growing infrastructure including the new terminal at Alicante airport has connected Alicante with more locations all around Europe via direct flights than before. The city can also be reached via trains and buses from other Spanish cities.