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Day trips and nights out in beach-beautiful Alicante

Things To Do in Alicante, Spain

Alicante is a buzzing gateway to Spain’s southwest Mediterranean coast, known as the Costa Blanca. You can catch a boat to a nearby island, visit a beach resort, stay at one of the many hotels in Alicante or drive into the mountains for cool air and quiet villages.

Beaches & bars

Calpe Beach – Source: Getty Images

Enjoy a day on the beach or a night on the town at the seaside resorts of white-sand Costa Blanca. The kiosk-style chiringuito bars of San Juan beach are less than eight kilometres from Alicante via the TRAM system, and it’s a scenic hour’s ride along the coast to Benidorm, a resort town.

Stop for a refreshing coastal walk amid dunes and pines at Guardamar south of Alicante, or hit the pubs and clubs of Torrevieja.

Theme parks

Families flock to Costa Blanca in summer, and Alicante Province has plenty of options for a fun-packed day out.

Nature and wildlife

Tabarca Island – Source: Getty Images

Flora and fauna around Alicante offer relief from the city’s busy streets and beaches.

Road trips and mountain retreats

The landscape around Alicante ranges from lush valleys and vineyards to rocky peaks and plains. Guadalest is a charming town perched in the Sierra de Aitana foothills.

About 30 km inland from Alicante lies the quaint village of Castell de Castells high in the Marina Alta mountains. Jalón is a romantic spot for a bodega visit deep in wine country.

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