Information & Facts
Holiday makers in Alicante will have a hard time trying their
hand at all the activities on offer. With its miles of golden
beaches, plunging valleys and high mountains, Alicante is the
perfect travel destination for outdoor activities. Go mountain
biking, horse riding, trekking or hiking through Sierra de Aitana
Mountain, located in the north of the Alicante province or discover
the marine life off the shores on Costa Blanca on a scuba diving
trip. Snorkel the shallows from the beach, stay afloat on kayaks,
jetskis and boats or enjoy the views of Alicante from the ocean
while windsurfing along the waves. Golfers will be able to hit the
links at the Alicante Golf or El Plantío, two golf courses
practically right down the road from Alicante.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Alicante can become extremely crowded during the summer months
and travellers wanting a more relaxed and low-key holiday should
With a resident population of more than 300,000, the low-season
doesn't seem to affect Alicante as much as purpose-built holiday
resorts like nearby Benidorm, and no matter what time of year you
choose to visit, Alicante will be alive with music, food and
entertainment. With a large variety of bars, nightclubs and
cocktail lounges scattered throughout the resort, visitors will be
hard pressed to name their favourite spot. The bars and clubs near
the marina area seem to be the trendiest and are a hive of activity
with tourists and young locals. El Barrio in Alicante's old quarter
also features some great bars along its narrow streets and party
animals looking to dance the night away will be pleased to know
that most clubs carry on going until sunrise, including the Peurto
Di Roma near the port, one of Alicante's biggest clubs, while El
Zona, behind the Esplanada, is another great place for rocking
bars, stylish clubs and sophisticated restaurants.
The Marine complex in Alicante is a good place to explore when
it comes to eating out. El Buen Coma is great for tapas and local
Spanish fare, while Parilla Libre Restaurant is a good place for
steaks and other grills. Look out for restaurants like Casa Julio
in San Juan, a favourite amongst visitors, serving everything from
paella to potato tortillas and exquisite local seafood. During the
day a good place to stop for a light meal or just a coffee is La
Rambla Restaurant Bar where guests can sit on the pavement and
enjoy watching the world go by, while Darsena Restaurant makes a
great venue for a romantic meal.
Shopaholics will be pleased to know that they really can shop
till they drop while on holiday in Alicante. During high season,
shop opening hours stretch well into the evening, welcoming extra
business and tourists hunting for souvenirs. In recent years,
Alicante has developed a world-class shopping scene with new
centres like the El Corte Ingles and the Plaza Mar 2 springing up.
The streets between La Rambla and Avenida de Federica Soto are a
great place to browse for souvenirs, while El Barrio in Alicante's
Old Quarter is a popular holiday shopping area that is a swarm of
activity on the weekends. The local craft markets are a good place
for bargain hunting for authentic goods and inexpensive jewellery
or leather goods, such as handbags and shoes, and Esplanada de
Espana is the busiest market during the summer months.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).