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Introduction

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Alicante is a city in the autonomous region of the Valencian Community and is the capital of the province with the same name. The city itself has about 335,000 inhabitants and is a historical Mediterranean port city, while the total urban population would be over 750,000 according to recent statistics, making it the 8th largest metropolitan area in Spain.

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Alicante has a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers last from late May to September when average daytime temperatures are between 28 °C and 32 °C (highest recorded is over 40 °C though) and nights are around 18 °C to 20 °C. Hardly any rain falls during the months of July and August. Winters last from December to February with daytime temperatures just below 20 °C! Nights are between 6 °C and 8 °C with an all-time low of -4.6 °C. September to November sees most of the rain, averaging around 45 mm a month, though it can be dry as a bone, as recent years proved. Because of its climate it's a popular place for many Northern Europeans to spend winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max16.8 °C17.8 °C19.2 °C20.9 °C23.6 °C27.2 °C30.1 °C30.6 °C28.4 °C24.4 °C20.4 °C17.6 °C
Avg Min6.2 °C7 °C8.2 °C10.1 °C13.3 °C17.1 °C19.7 °C20.4 °C17.8 °C13.7 °C10 °C7.3 °C
Rainfall22 mm26 mm26 mm30 mm33 mm17 mm6 mm8 mm47 mm52 mm42 mm26 mm
Rain Days656774224666

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Getting There

By Plane

Alicante Airport (ALC), about 9 kilometres from Alicante, is even bigger than the airport in Valencia, making this a good alternative if you are going to visit the region.

Many lowcost airlines serve the city with Ryanair having flights to/from Aarhus, Basel, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels South-Charleroi, Derry, Sheffield, Dublin, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Fez, Gdańsk, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg, Frankfurt-Hahn, Haugesund, Karlsruhe, Knock, Leeds, Lille, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Lübeck, Maastricht/Aachen, Marrakech, Memmingen, Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Shannon, Stockholm-Skavsta, Airport Weeze (near Düsseldorf), Wroclaw, Zaragoza.

Easjet has quite a few flights as well, and there are many more budget airlines and some regular airlines that have flights, mainly to countries in the west and north of Europe and some domestic flights.

To/from the airport

  • Bus: Subus and Alsa provide excess to the airport by bus. The first one to/from Alicante and Elche, the latter one to/from Benidorm and Murcia.
  • Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport as well.

By Train

RENFE Cercanias (Cercanias are commuter rail systems in metropolitan areas in Spain) has services from Alicante to its suburbs and to Murcia.

RENFE has regular services to Madrid and Barcelona.

Alicante Tram has services along the Costa Blanca to Benidorm and further on to Denia in the near future.

By Bus

Eurolines has buses to other places in Spain and quite a few cities/countries in Europe, as well as to Morocco.

By Boat

Algeria

Balearic Islands

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AlbahiaSol Naciente 6Hotel83
Apartments El CarmenC/Del Carmen 14-16Apartment88
Express by Holiday Inn AlicanteAvenida de Elche 112Hotel-
Guesthouse Gran AlacantCalle de Orden Toscano,Bloque 10, Number 928 Gran AlacantGuesthouse-
Hostal Pension la MilagrosaVillavieja 8Guesthouse89
Hostal San JuanAvda jaime I nº 110Hotel87
Hostel de SalCarmen 9Hostel62
Hotel Castilla AlicanteAvda. Paises Escandinavos, 7Hotel86
Hotel Goya de AlicanteMaestro Breton 19Hotel82
Hotel Mio CidAv de la Costa Blanca 22-AHotel-
Husa LeukaC/ Segura, 23Hotel83
Kris AlicanteCalle Canónigo M.L. Penalva snHotel-
La City Hotelavenida de salamanca,16Hotel85
Pension con EncantoCalle Segura 20Guesthouse87
Pension VersallesC/Villavieja 3, 2Guesthouse84
Pueblo Acantilado SuitesUrbanizacion Cala D´or Carretera Nacional 332 KM 1 El CampelloHotel-
Torre Sant Joanc/La Huerta 1 San Juan de AlicanteHotel-
Villa UniversitariaAvda Vicente Savall, 16 San Vicente del RaspeigHostel-
Hotel AlamoSan Fernando 56Hotel89
H3Carretera de Ocana 86Hotel-
Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza HotelPlaza del Ayuntamiento 6Hotel91
Hotel San RemoC/Navas 30 (corner with C/del teatro 26)Hotel87
Hotel MaritimoValdes 13Hotel84
Complejo Mont RoyalTridente 27Hotel86
Hotel RialtoCalle Castanos 30Hotel84
Hotel Daniya AlicanteAv. de Denia 133Hotel-
Rural House El FlorentSan Antonio 52 (Hostal El Pirineo)Apartment-
Hotel Sidi San JuanLa Doblada 8 Playa de San JuanHotel-
Hotel & Spa JM Santa PolaCarretera Alicante Cartagena Km 17.200Hotel-
Calderon 41Calderon de la Barca 41, 1AHostel-
Alicante San NicolásCalle San Nicolás 14, 1BGuesthouse86
Hostal San FernandoSan Fernando, 34Guesthouse86
Gema HotelCabo Estaca de Bares 11 MorairaHotel-
X Hostel AlicanteCalle Tucuman, 28Hostel87
Las Fuentes ApartmentGabriel Miro 9 1CApartment-
Hostal Milan6 Calle San FernandoGuesthouse80
Central Station AlicanteAvenida Salamanca 18Apartment-
Albergue del SerpisPartida Fontetes s/n LorchaApartment-
Hotel AlmiranteAvda. Niza, 38HOTEL-
Old Centre HostelPlaza del Ayuntamiento, 3 - 1 4HOSTEL88
Arenales Costa BlancaAvenida Costa Blanca 23 Arenales del SolAPARTMENT-
Pension Portugal AlicanteC/ Portugal no 26 1CGUESTHOUSE-
Central StationCalle Catedratico Senante Llaudes 7Hostel-
Hostal - Pension AyuntamientoPlaza del Ayuntamiento 3GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Bonalba AlicanteCalle Vespre 10 MutxamelHOTEL-
Pension PortugalC/ Portugal 26 1CGuesthouse-
Hotel ArecaCalle del Limón, 2Hotel-
Easy LoungeCalderon de la Barca 41, 1AGUESTHOUSE-
Apartamentos MediterraneoCalle Virgen del Socorro 50 03002 AlicanteAPARTMENT-
Pension Arena AlicanteSan Vicente 49 AlicanteGUESTHOUSE84
Hotel PlayaCalle Jovellanos 1HOTEL-
Marjal Costa Blanca Eco Camping ResortAP-7 Salida 730 (Crevillente- Catral)CAMPSITE-
Hostal Les Monges PalaceSan Agustin 4GUESTHOUSE-
Estudiotel AlicanteC/ Poeta Vilá y Blanco, 4HOTEL85
B&B Mr HigginsCarretera Benimagrell 30 El CampelloGUESTHOUSE85

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 38.346041
  • Longitude: -0.484756

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