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5 days in Alicante

A January 2005 trip to Alicante by Peter Reed

Castillo de Santa Barbara Photo, Alicante, Spain More Photos
Quote: Often bypassed en route to Costa Blanca resorts, Alicante is well worth visiting for a true Spanish experience.

5 days in Alicante

Overview

Castillo de Santa Barbara Photo, Alicante, Spain
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Alicante could be called the hub of the Costa Blanca. From here, it is easy to reach the resorts of Benidorm, Denia to the north, or Torrevieja to the south. If all you want is a British holiday with sun, head for Benidorm, where you can find all the "Rose & Crowns" and British pubs you could want. However, for a more Spanish experience, Alicante is the place. Swaying palms line the Esplanade de Espana, a waterfront promenade that stretches alongside the large marina. The paving has an odd effect; the tiles are so-designed that they give the impression of being in ridges. There are often market stalls alongside the southern end selling all sorts of crafts, jewelry, leather, carved ornaments,...Read More

Les Monges Palace

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Hotel

Les Monges Palace Photo, Alicante, Spain
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Located in the heart of the old city, this is a real gem. Dating from 1912, the building was converted into a hotel in 1989. The hotel is family-run and has loads of character, with antique furnishings and paintings in all the rooms. The reception area, as with all rooms, is rather small, but there is coffee available 24 hours a day for the princely sum of €1. More often than not there is an offer of a complimentary glass of wine – a sort of sherry. The staff speaks English and is happy to give suggestions for dining or sightseeing. As it is, I know a smattering of Spanish, which did help. But while we were there, an elderly member of the family by the name of Philippe was there. He is actually Fren...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2005

Les Monges Palace
Calle San Agustin No 4
Alicante, Spain
965 21 50 46

El Buen Comer

Restaurant

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We went there 4 nights. The service was excellent. There are two special menus: on the first one the starter consisted of three plates of gambas, calamari, and ham and cheese from which to help yourself, followed by a good choice of salmon, hake, lasagna, paella, pork, steak, or lamb, with a dessert and drink included, for €13.50. We had steak and pork, both of which were very good. Another night we chose from the other special menu of mixed veggies and a variety of tapas to start, followed by a plate of lamb chops and a bottle of wine - all for just under €15. When we went á la carte, we only needed a couple of courses. I especially liked the soups - one Castilian and one with shel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2005

El Buen Comer
Calle Mayor 8
Alicante, Spain
965 213 103

Altea, Benidorm, Elche, and Santa Pola

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Story/Tip

Altea Photo, Alicante, Spain
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As already mentioned, Alicante is an ideal hub for exploring the Costa Blanca. We took three trips. First, we went along the coast to the north. Setting off from Puerto del Mar by the marina, we boarded the modern Alicante Streetcar and went as far as El Campello (about half an hour). Then we had to change into a graffiti-covered carriage of the narrow-gauge train for the next leg. This actually goes as far as Denia, but we opted to alight at Altea. This is a seaside resort with an attractive promenade and harbour, but on the other side of the tracks, a steep climb takes you up into the old town. The roads zigzag through streets lined with white-washed houses reminiscent of the white villages of A...Read More

Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara))

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Attraction | "Castille de Santa Barbara"

Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara)) Photo, Alicante, Spain
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To visit Castille de Santa Barbara, you have a choice: Walk 350 feet up Mount Banacantil through wooded and scrubby parkland or walk 200 yards through a tunnel and take the elevator for €2. From the top it is easy to see why this was such a vital fortress, with 360-degree views over the land and seascape. No invaders could get near without being seen. The first reports of a citadel here come from the 10th century, and it seems to have kept its Moorish structure until the 15th century, when it had major alterations to convert it into a Christian building with a palace, church, cisterns, storerooms, kitchen, dining hall, stables, hospital, mills, oven, etc. In the 16th century, the castle...Read More

Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara))
Mount Benacantil
Alicante, Spain