What are the best things to do in Alicante? The historic port city on the Costa Blanca coast enjoys beautiful climates all year round and has tourists flocking to its white beaches all year round.
The charming and instagrammable paved streets will have you discovering hidden gems across the city. Quaint, little cafes and restaurants are dotted all across the cities from beachside coffee shops to first-class fine dining. We delve into our top five hit list when it comes to exploring what Alicante has to offer.
The Castle of Santa Bárbara
The iconic fortress stands at 550ft tall and offers incredible panoramic views of the entire city. If you’re in Alicante, this tourist attraction is an absolute must-see. There are two ways to get to the scenic mountain top monument. You can either hike up the Benacantil hill or there is a lift available opposite the Playa del Postiguet beach. There is a small charge of EUR 2.70 for the lift and opening times are between 10 am and 8 pm. The castle is free to enter, but you can sign up for a guided tour for a modest EUR 3.00 to learn more about the history of the Castle of Santa Bárbara.
Explanada de España
The marble-laid promenade is buzzing with activity, both day and night. The Alicante red, ivory and Marquina black mosaic walkway is unquestionably the most popular pedestrian walkway in Alicante. the wave-like patterns are said to mimic the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. At almost 600m long, the walkway runs parallel to the port with endless rows of lush palm trees on either side.
Taking a family stroll around the city is a favourite Spanish past time and Explanada de España provides like no other. Filled with market stalls, bars and restaurants, there is plenty to discover along the way.
This is the local marketplace for everything locally produced. The majority of market stalls for fresh meat, fish and veg are owned by local businesses. If you shop here, not only will you be getting better, fresher and more affordable goods, you’ll be helping local businesses around the area.
The seafood selection is a particular highlight. Alicante is renowned for its fresh and exquisite seafood, with stalls packed full of squid, crab, lobsters and so much more.
While not technically in Alicante, the picturesque jewel of Guadalest Valley is a hidden gem you certainly wouldn’t want to miss. El Castell de Guadalest is around an hour’s drive from Alicante’s city centre and is home to one of the most stunning views. Set on a granite mountaintop, you can have lunch overlooking the beautiful turquoise reservoir that provides water to Benidorm (booking your lunch reservation ahead of time is highly recommended).
While the village is only home to around 300 residents, tourists regularly frequent the 12th-century settlement to take in the cobbled streets, castle views and quirky museums.
The Algar Waterfalls
Slightly outside of Alicante but a 15-minute drive from Guadalest, which builds a fantastic day out when combined with the above.
The Algar Waterfalls is incredibly popular with both eager holidaymakers and locals alike. Fuentes del Algar is a gorgeous natural site of rivers, pools and waterfalls for visitors to bathe, swim and laze around throughout the day.
There are areas for the tourists to swim and experience the sheer power of the waterfalls in the incredibly refreshing and crystal clear waters. There are also dedicated areas set up for visitors to safely jump into the waters below.
Entrance tickets range from EUR 2-5, with tickets veering towards the higher range in the summer peak months. There are also special discounted rates for children, over 65s and groups of more than 20 available.