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Alicante, Spain: Sun, Sand & Beachy Bliss!

Looking to escape the mundane and immerse yourself in the sun-soaked Spanish coast? Well, look no further than Alicante, an absolute gem on the southeastern coast of Spain. With its picturesque beaches, rich history, and vibrant culture, Alicante offers an irresistible combination of relaxation and adventure. So grab your beach towel, slather on some sunscreen, and let's get to it!

Castle on the Ocean
Alicante, Spain

Where to Stay:

When it comes to finding accommodation in Alicante, you're spoiled for choice. If you're seeking a luxurious experience, consider booking a beachfront hotel or a stylish resort in the city. The Explanada de España, a stunning palm-lined promenade, is an excellent location for a hotel with easy access to the beach and a wide range of amenities. Alternatively, if you're a budget traveler or prefer a more local experience, the old town, known as El Barrio, offers charming guesthouses and affordable hostels with a unique charm.

Castle in Alicante Spain

Where to Eat:

Alicante is a foodie's paradise, with an abundance of mouthwatering culinary options to explore. Start your day with a traditional Spanish breakfast of churros con chocolate, dipped in thick, velvety chocolate sauce. For a memorable dining experience, head to the central market, Mercado Central, where you can feast on fresh seafood, tapas, and local produce. Don't forget to try the famous Alicante dish, arroz a banda (rice with fish), a flavorful rice dish cooked in fish broth.

If you're a fan of seafood, El Puerto and El Barrio neighborhoods are home to numerous restaurants serving the freshest catch of the day. For a taste of local cuisine, indulge in an evening of tapas-hopping in the charming streets of Santa Cruz or San Francisco, where you'll find an array of cozy bars and restaurants offering a wide selection of small, flavorful dishes to tantalize your taste buds.

Beach Casle

What to Do:

Of course, one of the main draws of Alicante is its stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. To make the most of your beach day, start by packing your beach essentials: sunscreen, a beach towel, a good book, and perhaps a Frisbee or a beach ball for some extra fun. Playa del Postiguet, located right in the heart of Alicante, is a popular choice with its golden sand and crystal-clear waters. If you prefer a quieter beach, head a bit further out to San Juan Beach, known for its long stretch of pristine sand and picturesque dunes.

For a break from the beach, take a stroll along the Explanada de España, a vibrant promenade lined with palm trees and colorful mosaic tiles. Marvel at the Santa Barbara Castle perched on top of Mount Benacantil, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the historic old town, where you can wander through narrow streets, admire charming architecture, and stumble upon hidden squares and cozy cafés.

Beach Drink

Tips for a Perfect Beach Day in Alicante:

  1. Arrive early: The best way to secure a prime spot on the sand is by arriving early in the morning before the crowds gather. It gets CROWDED on the beaches.

  2. Stay hydrated: The Mediterranean sun can be quite intense, so remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. There are usually kiosks selling water close to the sand if you run out.

  3. Siesta time: Embrace the Spanish tradition of taking a midday siesta. Find a shady spot under a palm tree, relax, and recharge before hitting the beach again in the late afternoon.

  4. Water activities: Engage in water sports like paddle boarding or snorkeling to make the most of your beach experience. Alicante offers various rental services along the coast, so you can easily try your hand at kayaking, jet skiing, or even taking a leisurely boat tour to explore the stunning nearby coves.

  5. Beachside dining: Don't miss the chance to enjoy a delightful beachside meal. Many beachfront restaurants and chiringuitos (beach bars) offer a fantastic selection of fresh seafood, refreshing drinks, and stunning views. Treat yourself to a delicious paella or enjoy a piña colada while savoring the soothing sound of the waves.

  6. Sunset serenity: As the day winds down, find a cozy spot on the beach or a nearby seaside terrace to witness the magical Alicante sunset. The sky paints vibrant hues of orange and pink, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for a romantic evening or a moment of tranquility.

  7. Evening promenade: After your beach day, take a leisurely stroll along the lively promenades of Alicante. The Explanada de España comes alive at night, with street performers, artisans, and vendors adding to the vibrant atmosphere. Stop by an ice cream parlor to cool off and savor a delectable helado as you soak in the city's vibrant nightlife.

We LOVED our time in Alicante, Spain. We hope this post help you while planning your next beach getaway!

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