The port city of Alicante is a dynamic city boasting modern buildings, restaurants and never-ending spans of gorgeous beaches. With a history tracing back 7,000 years, Alicante was first inhabited by Iberian tribes. Phoenicians and Greeks traders as well as Carthaginians, Romans and Moors made the Iberian Peninsula their home attracted to the port and the city's high location. Today, Alicante's economy is geared to tourism as well as services and public administration. It remains the heart of the Costa Blanca and the vibrant capital of the province of Alicante.
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Things to do in Alicante
Alicante has a wealth of things to be proud of including historic monuments, stunning coastlines and an exciting dining and nightlife. Stroll along secluded bays, swim in a tranquil cove or sunbathe all day long. Visit palaces, fortresses and museums. The area is loaded with attractions, guests on flights to Alicante will definitely wish they can stay longer.
When visiting Alicante, be sure to:
Explore the Museo Arqueológico Provincial for its amazing collection of Iberian art and ceramics
Head to Castillo de Santa Barbara, visit the museum and enjoy sweeping views of Alicante
Marvel at the outstanding collection of 20thcentury Spanish art at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante
Do a day trip to the Roman town of Lucentum and explore excavation sites
Stop by at the gaudy Basilica de Santa Maria with its twin towers, Baroque façade and gilded altar
Have your photograph taken with the impressive Mount Benacantil in the background
Organise a tour to the fascinating Canelobre Caves and explore its massive vault
Make your way to Playa San Juan and relax in quiet surroundings
Try the city beach, Playa del Postiguet and mingle with the locals
Hop on a boat and swing over to Tabarca Island and spend the day on a secluded cove
Alicante-Elche Airport is the 6th largest in Spain and is considered the gateway to the famed Costa Blanca. It is capable of handling over 10 million passengers in a year flying in and out of the city. The airport offers duty free shops, stores, restaurants, parking and VIP lounges.
Alicante Airport is located 9 km southwest of the capital.
There are several ways to get to Alicante Airport by: bus, tram taxi and car. If driving a car hire, take the motorway N-388. It links the airport with the A-7, A-79 and N-340. Radio Taxi Elche is the official airport taxi and an info desk can be found at the arrivals hall. Travel time to the city is usually 15 minutes depending on the flow of traffic. Passengers can also use the bus and catch a ride from the centre (Routes 1A, 1B and C-6) to the airport. The Alicante TRAM services the Costa Blanca. There are trains and trams that connect Alicante, Benidorm and Denia.