Alicante waiting to be explored and enjoyed, so book your stay with Campanile Hotels and delve further.
As a southern Spanish city, Alicante is split into 42 neighbourhoods and is located in the southern region of the Valencian community. A historic Mediterranean port, and since the industrial decline the port endured in the 1980’s, Alicante has been striving to rejuvenate itself. The port has become one of the most prominent in Spain and Alicante has a rich history that deserves to be explored and marvelled.
The Castle of Santa Barbara, located on Mount Benacantil, acts as a protector and watches over both the city and the port of Alicante, moreover, the latter was nearly made into an industrial estate in 2006-07 until determined residents hastily intervened. Alicante offers its own charm as the second-largest Valencian city and with the Costa Blanca beaches integral for many tourists, Alicante is now considered one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
A two-day break
A two day stay in Alicante Campanile Hotel would give you enough time to totally unwind and relax on those Costa Blanca beaches and absorb the Mediterranean climate. For nature lovers who wish to briefly adjourn the city environment, Canalejas Park, provides a vast collection of rubber plants, intriguing carvings and sculptures. All of this is reachable from Alicante Campanile Hotel.
A week-long stay
The aforementioned Castle of Santa Barbara is arguably the most defining landmark and should be visited if not only for a stunning panoramic view. To the south west of the castle is a colourful segment of the city called Barrio de la Santa Cruz, with quaint houses decorating hills that lead up towards the castle. Alicante also has an ample scattering of museums including the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (or MARQ), dedicated to 100,000-year-old local artefacts.
A family holiday:
Alicante may be steeped in historical landmarks but there is also enough to keep a family entertained. The island of Tabarca, once a refuge for Barbary pirates, is situated just kilometres away from the city on the Mediterranean Sea and is ideal for diving and enjoying the glorious waters that surround the island. El Palmeral Park, a favourite with locals, boasts children’s playgrounds, trails and picnic tables which all combine to offer something diverse.
Alicante airport trumps its Valencian equivalent and has good connections from many western European cities. The railway station links Alicante with surrounding suburbs, while RENFE trains for long-distance provide frequent routes from Barcelona , Valencia and Madrid . The tram service offers more intricate means of travel within the city, but also connects with settlements along the popular Costa Blanca.
If you are looking for traditional Tapas bars then Alicante does not disappoint, with such places as El Buen Comer combining a traditional Spanish menu with the inclusion of Tapas. There is no shortage of seafood dining options with La Darsena and Nou Manolin among them while New Delhi and Botanero serve up splendid Indian and Mexican cuisine respectively.
The most significant festival is the Fogueres de Sant Joan, (Bonfires of Saint John), which occurs during the summer solstice. The Urban beach Playa del Postiguet then hosts seven nights of fireworks / pyrotechnic contests just a week later The long summer period is a great chance to absorb the culture of Alicante.
Alicante is located just 30 minutes from what is considered the biggest water park in Europe. Aqualandia has rides such as the Black Hole and the Big Bang with the latter claiming to be the tallest water chute ride in Europe – and to make Aqualandia stand out further, all of its water comes straight from the sea.