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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.
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.
|Avg Max||16.8 °C||17.8 °C||19.2 °C||20.9 °C||23.6 °C||27.2 °C||30.1 °C||30.6 °C||28.4 °C||24.4 °C||20.4 °C||17.6 °C|
|Avg Min||6.2 °C||7 °C||8.2 °C||10.1 °C||13.3 °C||17.1 °C||19.7 °C||20.4 °C||17.8 °C||13.7 °C||10 °C||7.3 °C|
|Rainfall||22 mm||26 mm||26 mm||30 mm||33 mm||17 mm||6 mm||8 mm||47 mm||52 mm||42 mm||26 mm|
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
|Albahia||Sol Naciente 6||Hotel||86|
|Apartments El Carmen||C/Del Carmen 14-16||Apartment||88|
|Express by Holiday Inn Alicante||Avenida de Elche 112||Hotel||-|
|Guesthouse Gran Alacant||Calle de Orden Toscano,Bloque 10, Number 928 Gran Alacant||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Pension la Milagrosa||Villavieja 8||Guesthouse||86|
|Hostal San Juan||Avda jaime I nº 110||Hotel||82|
|Hostel de Sal||Carmen 9||Hostel||43|
|Hotel Castilla Alicante||Avda. Paises Escandinavos, 7||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Goya de Alicante||Maestro Breton 19||Hotel||80|
|Hotel Mio Cid||Av de la Costa Blanca 22-A||Hotel||-|
|Husa Leuka||C/ Segura, 23||Hotel||82|
|Kris Alicante||Calle Canónigo M.L. Penalva sn||Hotel||-|
|La City Hotel||avenida de salamanca,16||Hotel||84|
|Pension con Encanto||Calle Segura 20||Guesthouse||86|
|Pension Versalles||C/Villavieja 3, 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Pueblo Acantilado Suites||Urbanizacion Cala D´or Carretera Nacional 332 KM 1 El Campello||Hotel||-|
|Torre Sant Joan||c/La Huerta 1 San Juan de Alicante||Hotel||-|
|Villa Universitaria||Avda Vicente Savall, 16 San Vicente del Raspeig||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Alamo||San Fernando 56||Hotel||88|
|H3||Carretera de Ocana 86||Hotel||-|
|Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza Hotel||Plaza del Ayuntamiento 6||Hotel||90|
|Hotel San Remo||C/Navas 30 (corner with C/del teatro 26)||Hotel||87|
|Hotel Maritimo||Valdes 13||Hotel||84|
|Complejo Mont Royal||Tridente 27||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Rialto||Calle Castanos 30||Hotel||84|
|Hotel Daniya Alicante||Av. de Denia 133||Hotel||-|
|Rural House El Florent||San Antonio 52 (Hostal El Pirineo)||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Sidi San Juan||La Doblada 8 Playa de San Juan||Hotel||-|
|Hotel & Spa JM Santa Pola||Carretera Alicante Cartagena Km 17.200||Hotel||-|
|Calderon 41||Calderon de la Barca 41, 1A||Hostel||-|
|Alicante San Nicolás||Calle San Nicolás 14, 1B||Guesthouse||87|
|Hostal San Fernando||San Fernando, 34||Guesthouse||82|
|Gema Hotel||Cabo Estaca de Bares 11 Moraira||Hotel||-|
|X Hostel Alicante||Calle Tucuman, 28||Hostel||87|
|Las Fuentes Apartment||Gabriel Miro 9 1C||Apartment||-|
|Hostal Milan||6 Calle San Fernando||Guesthouse||75|
|Central Station Alicante||Avenida Salamanca 18||Apartment||-|
|Albergue del Serpis||Partida Fontetes s/n Lorcha||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Almirante||Avda. Niza, 38||HOTEL||-|
|Old Centre Hostel||Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 3 - 1 4||HOSTEL||85|
|Arenales Costa Blanca||Avenida Costa Blanca 23 Arenales del Sol||APARTMENT||-|
|Pension Portugal Alicante||C/ Portugal no 26 1C||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Central Station||Calle Catedratico Senante Llaudes 7||Hostel||-|
|Hostal - Pension Ayuntamiento||Plaza del Ayuntamiento 3||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Bonalba Alicante||Calle Vespre 10 Mutxamel||HOTEL||-|
|Pension Portugal||C/ Portugal 26 1C||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Areca||Calle del Limón, 2||Hotel||-|
|Easy Lounge||Calderon de la Barca 41, 1A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Apartamentos Mediterraneo||Calle Virgen del Socorro 50 03002 Alicante||APARTMENT||-|
|Pension Arena Alicante||San Vicente 49 Alicante||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Hotel Playa||Calle Jovellanos 1||HOTEL||-|
|Marjal Costa Blanca Eco Camping Resort||AP-7 Salida 730 (Crevillente- Catral)||CAMPSITE||-|
|Hostal Les Monges Palace||San Agustin 4||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Estudiotel Alicante||C/ Poeta Vilá y Blanco, 4||HOTEL||83|
|B&B Mr Higgins||Carretera Benimagrell 30 El Campello||GUESTHOUSE||83|
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.
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.
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.
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