The Santa Barbará Castle is located on the Monte Benacantil hill at a height of more than 160 meters in the middle of the city. Due to its strategic location, the castle was in the past the ideal protection against pirates and enemies. The castle has been largely preserved in good condition, and there are various squares and spaces to visit. You will need approximately two hours to visit the castle.
Casco Antiguo (the old town) is relatively small, and is located between the Rambla, a boulevard built on the remains of the old ramparts, and Monte Benacantil, the hill on which the Castillio de Santa Barbara is located. Most of the monuments are located in the old city
One of the most striking and picturesque areas of Alicante that is certainly worth a visit is the Barrio de Santa Cruz, located between the castle and the old town. The streets of this neighborhood have an Andalusian appearance, with their white and colorful facades full of flowers.
A visit to the Barrio e Santa Cruz requires good shoes and a bottle of water, as it is constantly climbing and descending. At the top is the Hermitage of Santa Cruz, where there is a fantastic vantage point with incredible views.
The museum of the Hogueras de San Juan is a must for a visit with the whole family. The museum exhibits various dolls, the so-called “indultats ninots”, dolls that were not burned during the “Noche de San Juan”, a festival that is celebrated throughout Spain.
The Central (indoor) market of Alicante is one of the most beautiful in Spain. The monumental Modernist style façade was built in 1921. There are various stalls with meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, sweets and pastries. It is a market for fresh products that is visited by many
The Archaeological Museum (also known as MARQ) has a number of very interesting collections that reflect the history of the city and the Costa Blanca throughout the different times and civilizations. The museum has a number of consecutive halls, making you a journey from prehistory, through Iberian culture, Roman culture, and the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary cultures.
This museum offers a breathtaking collection of nativity scenes, not only from Spain, but also from all over the world.
Alicante’s promenade is the best way to end your visit to this magical Mediterranean city. The boulevard, also known as the Esplanade, runs parallel to the harbor, with a beautiful view of the various yachts and sailing boats. The Esplanade is tiled with a mosaic of six and a half million stones laid in a wavy pattern in red, blue and white colors. This mosaic is supplemented by four rows of palm trees over a length of more than 500 meters, and is a symbol of the city’s identity for the residents.
At the end of the Esplanade you will arrive at Parque Canalejas, the oldest park in the city, where you can admire some beautiful ficus trees, more than 100 years old.