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TOURIST INFORMATIONVISIT THE CITY17 OCTOBER 2019

ALICANTE

City of Alicante

Alicante is a cozy, welcoming city, surrounded by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It is characterized by great dynamism and a typical warm Mediterranean climate. It offers cultural crossroads where you can enjoy fabulous beaches along with monuments and museums, all part of the great appeal offered by a city like Alicante. From Tabarca Isle to the Castle of Santa Barbara, you can live and enjoy a unique experience, giving satisfaction to your five senses.

Urban golden sand beaches, coves and crystal clear waters, Alicante offers the best of the Mediterranean for your enjoyment, by experiencing new sights, practicing your favorite sports or simply by relaxing in the sun.

The Old Town area of Alicante is the most historic and emblematic part of the city, as is generally the case. A modern, cosmopolitan city like Alicante has an old neighborhood that hides surprising secrets, a typical  heaven, a corner of peace where the clock seems to have stopped in time.

On the slopes of the Benacantil Mountain that once protected the Santa Barbara Castle, unfolds an old town where late Roman vestiges have been discovered along with remains of medieval walls between streets of the modern age. In this area we can find the most important historic and artistic ensemble of the city, which also includes one of the most popular night life destinations.

Beach of Alicante

HOLIDAYS, DINING AND SURROUNDING AREA

The Bonfires of San Juan (Hogueras), declared of International Tourist Interest, are the major festivals of the city. They originate in the tradition of burning unimportant objects with the arrival of the summer solstice.

During this festival you can see more than two hundred authentic cardboard made sculptures (bonfires) scattered on the streets of the city, representing various satirical themes. They get to be burnt 24th June in the spectacular night of "Cremà", accompanied by the popular "banya" (bath) conducted by firefighters who extinguish the bonfire flames. During the holidays we can also see parades and processions like: the “Mascletàs“, the “Pregón”, Plantà”or "Cabalgata del Ninot”, while the most important one being “The offering of flowers to the Virgen of Remedy”.

Another popular festivity is the Moors and Christians procession, carried out in five areas of the city on different dates. It is a spectacular staging of the reconquest of the province's lands  from the Arabs, accompanied by parades full of life and color.

Aerial view of Alicante

The Mediterranean cuisine, rich in local products, is very succulent and varied. Most noteworthy foods are: local rice, fish and meats, and of course the local wines.

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