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Alicante Holiday Guide


The main draw of Alicante holidays is without doubt the stunning beaches but there is plenty to do if you prefer a more active holiday.

Alicante holiday attractions

Alicante holidays can be packed with things to do and see if you would like to stay active during your stay. The Castle of Santa Barbara is located in the heart of the city and is one of Spain's largest medieval fortresses. The city also has many parks to wander around and the streets of the old town are well worth exploring if you can drag yourself away from the beach.

Holiday in Alicante, a perfect location for a beach break

No guide to Alicante holidays would be complete without a look at some of the beaches this city has to offer. We've picked a few of our favourites but this list is far from definitive as there are so many beaches to explore up and down the coast.

Playa de San Juan

Playa de San Juan is one of Alicante's premier beaches. Located roughly 7km from the city centre, this long and sandy beach is ideal for swimmers and sunbathers. You will have to travel by train or taxi to reach the beach from the city but the journey is straightforward and well worth the effort. There are also plenty of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants nearby, while the more adventurous travellers seeking things to do in Alicante may wish to take part in some of the water sports on offer.

Playa del Postiguet

Playa del Postiguet is located in the heart of the city and is one of the most popular beaches in Alicante. This 900m stretch of glorious, golden sand is surrounded by palm trees and there are plenty of activities on offer to keep you entertained while you soak up some sun.

Playa del Coco

Relaxed and secluded beaches are hard to come by in the bustling resort of Alicante but if you are seeking a quieter place to relax in the sun, then Playa del Coco could be ideal. This small harbour offers a break from the busier beaches.

There are many other beaches in the region around Alicante. Each has its own unique delights so you will have plenty to choose from when you choose to holiday in Alicante.

Things to do in Alicante

Alicante is very popular with tourists and so the city has a huge number of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants.

If you're seeking traditional Spanish cuisine then the restaurants in the old town serve rustic paella and other local favourites, while in the tourist hot spots, international fare is widely available.

The marina offers fantastic shopping opportunities by day, with chic designer labels as well as high street fashion available. In the evening, you will find exclusive restaurants and trendy night spots in which you will be able to enjoy a great night out.