5 things to in Alicante

Alicante is the Costa Blanca’s largest city and is jam-packed with things to do. 

Palm-lined plazas, quaint cobbled streets, and stunning architecture surround the historic castle, which dominates the city’s skyline. Foodies, culture seekers and history buffs share a mutual love for this ageless city which many remote workers and digital nomads call their home.

Take in a bird’s-eye view of Alicante from the stunning Castillo de Santa Bárbara

Perched on the summit of Mount Benacantil in Alicante’s city centre, Castillo de Santa Bárbara boasts panoramic views of the city and beyond. Its history spans back centuries, and the hills surrounding this impressive site have been the location of exciting archaeological finds dating back to the Roman Empire and Bronze Age.

The castle is accessible by foot (although, it’s a pretty steep climb in places—comfy footwear recommended) or by lift for a small fee. If you don’t fancy the walk, there’s a car park for drivers or a bus you can take from the city centre, which drops you nearby to the summit.

Once you’re at the summit, there’s plenty of things to do to keep you entertained for an hour or two. You can explore ancient fortifications, take in panoramic views of the city and the sea, or sit back and grab a bite to eat in the popular cafe. 

A visit to Castillo de Santa Bárbara can easily be enjoyed on the same day as exploring Alicante’s city centre, with many of the city’s main attractions and remote working facilities only a short distance away.

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Sample local culture and history in one of the city’s museums

Alicante’s significance in Spain and the Mediterranean spans across centuries. Its rich history is brought to life in the city’s many museums that are dotted around the city centre. Alicante’s museums offer great value for money, with admission fees generally charging around €3 to €5 for an adult ticket, and some are even free!

Head over to Museo Arqueologico de Alicante (MARQ), located close to Centro Comercial Plaza Mar 2, to explore different periods of Alicante’s history dating back thousands of years. The exhibits demonstrate how different cultures and people influenced the city and shaped it into the vibrant and cosmopolitan city we enjoy today.

Art enthusiasts can enjoy fine art and stunning photography displays, which are housed in the impressive Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante (MACA).

You can also learn about the tradition of carnival and other festivities in Alicante at Museo de Hogueras or view exhibits from the exciting world of ocean racing at Museo The Ocean Race.

Take a stroll along the famous Explanada de España promenade

Soak up Alicante’s rich atmosphere along the beautiful Explanada de España. This palm-lined promenade comes alive during the evening when its market stalls offer a range of local arts, crafts, and knick-knacks.

Choose from a vast range of nearby bars and cafes, where you can enjoy wine, beer, or a spot of Tapas, all for a reasonable price.

The venues alongside the plaza offer a great place to work if you’re happy to catch up on emails or complete work on your laptop while soaking up the local atmosphere. 

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Wander the beautiful streets in the Barrio de Santa Cruz

Colourful, picturesque, and bursting with character, this popular neighbourhood is well worth exploring. Near Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the charming cobbled streets and alleyways of Barrio de Santa Cruz give a glimpse of a more traditional Alicante and show off several of the city’s most picturesque spots.

The neighbourhood is a honeypot of trendy bars and nightlife, keeping the party going into the early hours with music, cocktails, and chupitos.  

Go shopping

From chic boutiques to world-famous brands, Alicante offers it all. 

The city centre is home to major Spanish and European brands such as Zara, Mango, H&M and Sephora, and there are also large multi-level department stores such as Corte Ingles. 

Close to Castillo de Santa Bárbara is one of Alicante’s main shopping malls, Centro Comercial Plaza Mar 2. Stylish and contemporary, this centre boasts dozens of big brand stores, and there’s a range of restaurants too. A little further out of the city centre is another large shopping mall, Centro Comercial Gran Via, where you’ll find a large Primark.

Bargain hunters would enjoy a visit to The Outlet Stores Alicante near the University of Alicante. The Outlet Stores offer big brand names such as Levi’s, Nike, Puma, Quicksilver, Desigual, Mango, and El Corte Inglés at discounted prices.

Discover more shopping areas in the Alicante province in our blog.

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