Alicante Tourist information, Alicante Attractions & Alicante Guide, Costa Blanca, Spain
This enormous castle located on high cliffs just behind Alicante's sea front esplanade, . Spectacular views of Alicante and the surrounding countryside can be seen from the castle ramparts.
Santa Barbara Castle Location
Situated on top of Benacantil Mountain, very near to the sea front and just East of the city centre
Access to the Castle
- A pedestrian tunnel and lift gives easy access to the castle from the back of the sea front buildings. Sign posted on the promenade and shown on our map
- A road winds itself up the mountain to a car park at the castle. Roads starts near Marq
- Various footpaths
More information, photographs & Access to Santa Barbara Castle
See Location of Santa Barbara Castle, Marq & Lift on our Alicante Map
San Nicolas Cathedral Description
The San Nicolas Co-Cathedral , the main church in Alicante is renaissance style building. Building was completed in 1662. Rather plain on the outside but note the outstanding interior including the baroque styled alter and the grills and wooded doors of the cloister
The blue tiled dome called a cupula is 45 metres high
1616 to 1662 and built over a mosque
Monday to Saturday: 11.30am - 12.30pm / 5.30pm - 6.30pm
San Nicolas Cathedral Location
Located in the old town centre between the Town hall and Tourist information office
Calle de los Labradores / Calle de Miguel Solar / Calle de San Nicolas
See Location of San Nicolas Cathedral on our Alicante Map
St. Mary's Church Description
The Iglesia or Basilica de Santa Maria was built in the 13th-century replacing an ancient Arab mosque. The building is Alicante's oldest church and has a gothic interior, and baroque high altar and doorway and was on that was on the site. The church has been altered many times and now has a mix of architectural styles. Of particular note is the golden alter from the15th century and font from the 16th century
Built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 15th century
Monday to Saturday: 10.30am - 12.00pm / 6pm -7.30pm
St. Mary's Church Location
Walk 100metres eastwood along the promenade, Calle Jovellanos, turn left into , plaza Paseito Ramire, the Basilica de Santa Maria is at the far end .on Calle Villavieja
See Location of St. Mary's Church on our Alicante Map
Foglietti Street, 37
Parroquia San Gabriel
- The church has a tall square bell tower, angel statue above the entrance door
- Facing Plaza Enrique Lopez Vidal a beautifull square with trees, palms, childrens playground and central fountain
Town Hall Description
The elegant Baroque town hall was completed in 1760 was designed by the architect Lorenzo Chapula.
The 2 towers are 165 foot high and built over archways allowing the visitor to access the other side of the building. One of the towers contains a clock on the front and back faces of the tower.
Between the 2 towers is a stone balustrade and a central shorter tower capped with a blue tiled dome set back so is not noticed if viewing from close to the building.
Town Hall Location
Located 150 metresback from the sea front esplanade at the corner of the Eastern harbour sea wall, and the Casa Carbonell
Address: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1
See Location of Town Hall on our Alicante Map
Casa Carbonell Description
This outstanding building was built for the extremely rich textile magnate Enrique Carbonell from Alcoy, by the architect Juan Vidal Ramos between 1922 and 1925.
Casa Carbonell Location
Located right on the sea front promenade, 1 Calle de l'Explanada de Espana opposite the eastern corner of the Marina.
See Location of Casa Carbonell on our Alicante Map
Alicante Promenade Description
The section next to the Marina has got to be one of the best promenades any where in the world. Very wide with lines of palm and other trees, plenty of bars restaurants and cafes and occasional events.
Look out for the pavement shown in our photograph, click photo to enlarge, and note how it is in undulating between low and higher sections. This effect is an optical illusion caused by the pattern and is in fact perfectly flat. The effect is so realistic that some people can not walk on it, or feel dizzy.
Open Air Craft Market
One section of the promenade has an area of open air market stalls selling mainly craft items
Alicante Promenade Location
The best part of the promenade backs the full length of Alicante port / maria and eastwards for about 200 metres backing the beach that continues up to La Marina Tram Station
See Location of Alicante Promenade on our Alicante Map
Plaza de Luceros Description
A large circular plaza with a roundabout at the junction of the 2 main roads. In the centre of the roundabout is a tall imposing monument with beautifully statues, sculptures and carvings consisting of 4 horses, the four seasons
The monument is surrounded by water jet fountains
A ring of palm trees surround the roundabout and a second larger ring around the Plaza
An underground tram station, Luceros, along with car parking opened under the Plaza in June 2010
This is a nice spot to enjoy a break at one of the pavement bar / cafe/ restaurants in the Plaza
Plaza de Luceros Location
At the Junction of Avenida de Alfonso el Sabio, Avenida de la Estación Paseo de Soto and the Paseo General Marv
See Location of Plaza de Luceros on our Alicante Map
El Ereta Park Description
The most interesting of the several paths up to the castle is through El Ereta Park
El Ereta Park Location
El Ereta Park is located on the South Western slopes of Mount Benacantil. It is located between the Santa Barbara castle and the old part of Alicante.
If you are feeling fit it is a steep uphill climb to the castle
See Location of Ereta Park on our Alicante Map
Alicante Provincial Council Description
The Alicante Provincial Council building is on a busy road, Avda. de la Estacion. It was built by Juan Vidal Ramos a famous Alicante architect in 1928. Who also built the Edificio Carbonell Building which stands at number 1 on the Explanada de España.
Once you are inside this beautiful building there is an art gallery and also 'Garden of Celebrites' which has 'monuments' honouring Alicante's celebrities.
The architecture is influenced by the Italian and Baroque neoclassical style of the Bourbon ic palaces in Madrid.
The role of the Alicante Provincial Council is to cover all the municipalities that make up the province of Alicante. The Provincial Council is formed by elected representatives from the municipal councilors. It is headed by a president.
Alicante Provincial Council Location
Address: Avda. de la Estación, 6, Alicante
See Location of Provincial Council on our Alicante Map
Our Lady of Grace Parish Church (Nuestra Senora de Gracia) Description
The church was burned down in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War 1936 - 39 and rebuilding started in 1945 and the new modern church opened in 1951
It is necessary to stand back from the building to obtain a good view of the large dome
Nuestra Senora de Gracia Location
The Front is facing the large square, Plaza de Montanyeta, and the 38 metre tall octagonal,tower at the rear is at the junction of Calle Felipe Berge & Calle Jerusalen and has an entrance to the sacristy
See Location of Nuestra Senora de Gracia on our Alicante Map
MARQ Archaeological Museum Description
The MARQ Museum is a traditional museum with items being classified and indexed.but displays it's artifacts in a modern artistic manner and also uses audi / visual displays.
There is a small entrance fee with concession prices for students, Senior citizens etc.
MARQ Archaeological Museum Location
The museum is located 200 metres North from the underground MARQ tram station, behind the Sanitarium Hospital, Casa Reposo y Sanatorio del Perpetuo Socorro
Address: Plaza del Doctor Gómez Ulla, Alicante. Telephone: 965 149 000 Website Click the Union Flag for English pages
Bus: Routes 2,6,9,20 and 23
Tram Lines 1,2,3 Tram Station Marq
See Location of MARQ Archaeological Museum on our Alicante Map
Bullring (Plaza de Toros) & Bullfighting Museum Description
A permanent collection of bull fighting artifacts and memorabilia. See the beautiful suit of lights, matador capes and sword. There is also some stuffed bulls heads mounted on the walls.
Bullring (Plaza de Toros) & Bullfighting Museum Location
Plaza de Espana, 7
The museum is located next to the Alicante Bullring (Plaza de Toros). The sand coloured building just in front of the bullring and left of photograph centre and church dome
See Location of Bullring & Bullfighting Museum on our Alicante Map
Museo de Belenes Description
Houses a world collection of figures& includes the different aspects of the birth and life of Jesus Christ,
In Spain families tend to have a nativity scene as the centre piece of there christmas decorations in place of the British tradition of a christmas tree.
Museo de Belenes Location
Located 100 metres north of the just up the road from the tree lined square to the rear of Town Hall
Address: c / San Agustín, 3, 03002, Alicante, Spain
See Location of Nativity Museum on our Alicante Map
El Palmeral Park
El Palmeral Park Description
El Palmeral Park is beautiful and a local favourite park in Alicante. The park has trails to walk along, lakes,streams, children's playgrounds, picnic tables, a concert area and a cross country cycling circuit
Near the main road the park is maintained with 100's of palm trees and much greener than the rougher scrub land with walking trails further inland
El Palmeral Park Location
600 metres south of the southern section of the port on the land ward side of the coastal road, Avenida de Elche.
See Location of El Palmeral Park on our Alicante Map
Old Town Description
Old Town Location
See Location of Old Town on our Alicante Map
Museo de Arte Moderno Description
Museo de Arte Moderno Location
See Location of Museo de Arte Moderno on our Alicante Map
Island of Tabarca (Isla Tabarca)
The Isla Tabarca is located 3 miles from Santa Pola and 11 miles from Alicante. The island declared an historic monument in 1964 The island has fortified walls, bastion and doorways and was a an island from which pirates operated in ancient times.
See Location of The Harbour & Boat Trips on our Alicante Map
Alicante has a fabulous pavement cafe culture, with pavement cafe ,bars & restaurants scattered through out the city centre. Below is a small selection of photographs of these venues to wet your appetite taken in a walk around the centre.
Playa del Postiguet
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Playa del Postiguet Description
The main town beach,can become crowded in high season and awarded with a .blue flag status. Playa del Postiguet is backed by the magnificent backdrop of the towering rock cliffs of Mount Benacantil topped with the impressive battlements of Alicante Castle, Castillo Santa Barbara
Getting to Playa del Postiguet - Walking
The beach is an easy walk from Alicante Old town, head for the eastern end of the marina on the sea front turn left and you are at the start of the beach
From Alicante Castle, use the lift and cross the minor road, use the pedestrian bridge to cross the main road and you are at the beach
Playa del Postiguet Location & Transport
Trams Line 3 Map Yellow line
Tram line 3 get of at:
- La Marina Tram Station for the eastern end of the beach. Located immediately east of the Marina, Hotel Melia and the tram Stop Puerta del Mar
- Immediately west of the tram Stop Puerta del Mar
See Location of Playa del Postiguet on our Alicante Map
Playa de la Albuferata Description
Playa de la Albuferata beach is is about 200 metres long and consists of fine golden sands. The beach has lifeguards, first aid post, disabled access and parasols are available to hire.
200 metres to the east is a small marina and 100 metres inland from the marina is the archeological site of Roman ruins of the Lucentum
Playa de la Albuferata Location
Located to the north east of Alicante in Albufereta
Playa de la Albuferata Location
See Location of Playa de la Albuferata on our Alicante Map
Playa de la Almadraba Description
A nudist beach and rocky coves
Playa de la Almadraba Location
See Location of Playa de la Almadraba on our Alicante Map
Playa San Juan Description
A large sandy beach packed with bars and discos.
Playa San Juan Location
Playa San Juan is located on the north east side of the large Albuferata peninsular 7 kilometres north east off Alicante centre
Tram stops: Av. Benidorm, Londres, Plaza La Coruna on Line 4 Line 4 Map
See Location of Playa San Juan on our Alicante Map
Parish of Our Lady of Almudena (Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Almudena)
Paseo de la Castellana, 41, 03502 Benidorm
There is a Taxi Rank outside the Alicante NEW Bus Station
Muelle de Poniente S/N off the Main road N-332 Av Loring .– close to Alicante harbor.
See Location of New Bus Station on our Alicante Map
Alicante OLD Bus Station - Now CLOSED
Alicante Bus Station Description:
The bus Station consists of a large building with information / ticket offices for several bus companies including Subus & Alsa. There is also a cafe , and more cafes opposite the main entrance in Calle Portugal.
To the rear are the open air bus stands. with passenger areas covered with a flat roof supported on pillars
Alicante Local Buses
Bus C-6 Alicante - Alicante Airport at Al Et
Bus Stops in Alicante:
Plaza Puerto de Mar lat="38.34418" lng="-0.47965" Bus Lines 21, 22 , 21N, 22N, 23N, 24N, C-6 Airport bus.
Vazquez de Mella lat="38.35224" lng="-0.47618" Bus Lines 01, 5, 11, C-6 Airport bus. Underground Tram Marq
Alfonso X Sabio 12 llat="38.34756" lng="-0.48665" Bus Lines 01, 5, 11, Turibus, C-6 Airport bus. Underground Tram Mercado
Plaza de Luceros lat="38.34638" lng="-0.49055" Bus Lines 01, 02 Turibus, C-6 Airport bus. Underground Tram Luceros
Salamanca Railway Station. at="38.34444" lng="-0.49477"
Oscar Espla 3 lat="38.33939" lng="-0.49377" 15 minutes First bus 6:05am
Service run by Surbus
Alicante RENFE Train Terminal
RENFE is Spain's National Rail Network with rail connections to France and the rest of Europe including the UK via the Channel Tunnel
The Euromed is a high speed train that operates between Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante.
Eurail Global Pass
Passes, Rail Tickets
The former FGV railway from Alicante - Benidorm - Denia is now completely converted to a modern tram system. With an increase in the number of lines in and around Alicante with further line additions being carried out or being planned
In depth information can be found here The Tram / Ferrocarril de la Generalitat Valenciana ( FGV )
Tram Maps / More information
Tram Map Lines 1 Alicante - Benidorm & Line 3 Alicante Mercado - Venta Lanuza
Tram Map Lines 2 Alicante local line from Cental Alicante to it's northern suberbs including the Hospital & University
Tram Map Line 4 Alicante and the north east suburbs
Alicante Central Market Description
A distinguished art deco building built by Juan Vidal Ramos in 1911 to 1912 on the site of the old city walls. The building is rectangular in shape with a round extension, topped with a cupola in the front left corner.
The market has a wide variety of food that is popular with the local residents
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 7.30am - 2.30pm.
Alicante Central Market Location
Located at 1 Av de Alfonsso X El Sabio, 100 metres down hill from the underground Mercado Tram station
See Location of Alicante Central Market on our Alicante Map
El Corte Ingles Description
El Corte Ingles is Spain's largest chain of Department Stores that has branches through out Mainland Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands
The 3 stores in Alicante are located fairly close together and each store specialises in the goods on offer as displayed next to the addresses below
El Corte Ingles Location
- Av.Maisonnave 53 - Fashion
- Av.F.Soto 1 and 3 - House & Home
- Castelar, 3 - Computer, Audio and Video
See Location of El Corte Ingles on our Alicante Map
The market has a wide selection of stalls selling mainly craft type goods
See Location of Craft-Market on our Alicante Map
The Rambla de Mendez Nunez is the main shopping street in Alicante. A tourist Information office is also located in this street
and also the streets westwards to Avenida de Federica Soto
Rambla de Mendez Nunez Location
The Rambla runs from near the Mercado Tram Station to the Casa Carbonell on the sea front
See Location of Rambla de Mendez Nunez on our Alicante Map
Panoramis Shopping Centre Description
A shopping centre with a wide variety of shops, bar / cafes,pubs, restaurants and a multi screen cinema
Panoramis Shopping Centre Location
Located on the western side of the marina and overlooking it.
Address: Muelle de Poniente, 6
See Location of Panoramis Shopping Centre on our Alicante Map
Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre
Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre and Cinema Multi screen Description
Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre Location
Located on Avenida Denia, 400 metres north west from Marq Tram station
See Location of Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre on our Alicante Map
More Shopping ideas
Mecadillo de Campoamor a market located in Campoamor near to the Bull Ring
Tourist Office of Alicante Rambla de Méndez Núñez, 41 03002 Alicante, Spain 965 200 000
Tourist Information Office RENFE train station 965125633
Tourist Information Office Av. De Niza S / N
Tourist information office City of Alicante. Plaza del Ayuntamiento 1. ALICANTE 03001
Destinations from Alicante Train Station (RENFE
Alcázar de San Juan
Antequera - Sta. Ana
Burgos Rosa de Lima
Camp de Tarragona
Jerez de la Frontera
Lisboa - Oriente
Lisboa - Santa Apolonia
Málaga María Zambrano
Marvao - Beira
Medina del Campo
Miranda de Ebro
Monforte de Lemos
Navalmoral de la Mata
Puerto Santa María
San Fernando - Bahía Sur
Santiago de Compostela
Tudela de Navarra
Valladolid Campo Grande