OK so I just booked a spur-of-the-moment flight to Alicante this weekend. Arrive there friday night, leave sunday night. £46!
I know nothing about the place other than it is quite nice and by the sea - do any of you that have been there or live there have any suggestions as to what would be a good way to spend my time there? I will be based very close to the Postiguet beach if that's any help.
Even though these last days the temperature in Alicante has reached 20 °C (we're having a very uncommon warm winter) you'll find water still too cold to swimm. But nice to stroll and relax.
Alicante is a small town, you'll see it easily. If you have some time left consider a short trip to Elche/Elx, where they have the largest palm tree field in Europe (UNESCO Horld Heritage) or even to Valencia (100 Km). But if you are only staying 2 1/2 days Valencia is maybe too far.
Thanks a lot mate, that's very helpful. I've also heard that you can catch a little train along the coast to Benidorm and that it's very scenic - is it worth doing?
I hope you read this on time.
The download page in the Official Tourism site of the Valencia Region includes a nice amount of information about Alicante and the whole Valencia Region:
Download the Alicante City Guide and the Alicante City Map. You can also have a look at the Benidorm stuff.
In Alicante you'll find 2 train systems: Tram and 'Cercanías'(Commuter Trains)
The TRAM is that little train you're told. It runs right by the Playa del Postiguet (the main beach of Alicante) so you won't miss it. It runs along the coast from Alicante to Denia and stops in Benidorm.
In the 'zona de descargas'(download zone)you can download some pdf maps, these 2 are useful:
The CERCANIAS commuter system conects Alicante and Murcia. You can take it to go to Elche.
Is it Benidorm worth? Well, you'll find lots of highrise buildings, british pubs and retired brits. Probably the ride there is more interesting than the city itself.
Have a nice flight. Flying from green England to the desertic area of Alicante is always a shocking-exciting experience. Have fun.