5 good reasons to go to Alicante
To see / do
Culture and history
The castle, an impressive lookout
Perched on Mount Benacantil, the Santa Bárbara castle watches over Alicante. The castle dates back to the 9th century, at the time of Muslim control. Restructured and bombarded numerous times, the castle still has its dungeons and outhouses. Its most remarkable gem is the view that visitors can enjoy from the top of the outer wall.
In the footsteps of our ancestors
The Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) received the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. Only recently renovated, it is home to a large collection of antique pieces found during the excavation of the Roman city of Lucentum. From prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, Alicante’s history is brought to the forefront in a playful exhibition.
Living with the Barbary pirates
Just 20 minutes away by boat from the coast of Alicante, you can reach the island of Tabarca. Spain’s very first marine reserve seems so far away from the rest of the world. It became the hideout for the Barbary pirates, then the fortified outpost for Charles III’s kingdom. If you look closely, you will notice a few traces of these occupations in the landscape. The island can be visited on foot in just a few hours.
The famous Cerveceria Sento Rambla
Tapas bring together some of the finest Spanish culinary specialities! Renowned throughout the world, these bite-sized specialities are perfect for enjoying a delicious dinner at least once during your stay in Alicante. Head to the Cerveceria Sento Rambla, one of the city’s best tapas bars. The tapas are original, reasonably-priced and served with delicious wines and beers.
The historical area of El Barrio
Just like any other Spanish city, Alicante boasts a bustling night life. Head to El Barrio for a glimpse of the warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is THE place to go to enjoy a night on the town! There are countless restaurants, tapas bars, bars and private clubs open to visitors wanting to enjoy some nice food or party.
Arroz a banda, Alicante’s speciality
As a typical dish from Alicante, arroz a banda is simply made of rice cooked in fish stock. A touch of saffron is added, like in paella. Arroz a banda is served with aioli, a garlic sauce, and sometimes with fish for a larger meal.
Delicious coca boba
One of Alicante’s sweet specialities is coca boba. This orange-flavoured treat is very easy to make. Both moist and light, coca boba is a delight to the taste buds. It can be found in certain pastry shops or in restaurants.
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