Local Information


Alicante is the capital of the province of Alicante, sited on the Mediterranean Coast, one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe. With more than 300,000 inhabitants, its main activities are tourism and services, and it has a great business and academic dynamism.

The weather

Alicante is known for its mild climate, with a generous average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius in winter and 32 degrees Celsius in summer. Just in case, from October to May is recommended to bring a jacket for the nights. The average rainfall is around 20 days per year.


The airport of Alicante is called El Altet (airport code: ALC). It has many low budget connections to airports in Spain (mainly to Madrid and Barcelona) and most of the main cities in Europe (London, Geneve, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Viena, Bruselas, Copenhague, Dublin, Oslo, Praga, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris and many others). Alternatively, one may take a train from Madrid (4 hours), Barcelona (5 hours), or Valencia (2 hours). See "Renfe" (www.renfe.es) for train schedules.

From outside Europe there are direct flights from New York to Valencia. From other departure cities there are many connections via Madrid and Barcelona.

Local transportation: To get from the airport to the hotels, the best way is to take a taxi (about 15-20 euro and 20 minutes to the city centre) or busline C-6 (2.70 euro, every 20 min, journey time 30 minutes to the last stop "Puerta del Mar" near Hotels Porta Maris and Melia, click here for more information).


Alicante hosts many interesting possibilities:

  • Provincial Archaeological Museum (MARQ):
    The extremely valuable collection housed here consists of 81,000 pieces dating from the Stone Age to the Medieval times. In 2004, the museum was declared the European Museum of the Year. It has gained phenomenal recognition for its revolutionary approach in exhibiting Alicantes past through innovative techniques.

  • Santa Barbara castle:
    It is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit of Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass soaring out of the sea to a height of 166m. Its privileged location has been an encouragement to human settlement from distant times, and vestiges of the Bronze, Iberian and Roman ages have all been found there. The present fortress is Muslim in origin and dates from the end of the 9th century.

  • Museum, University of Alicante (MUA):
    The MUA specializes exclusively in Contemporary Art and carries out research activities in this area as well as the production, conservation, documentation, diffusion and teaching of this art. www.mua.ua.es

  • Lucentum Archaeological Museum:
    The ancient town of Lucentum, grew out of an old Iberian settlement and, possibly, a Carthaginian colony and was the centre of Alicante in the Fifth Century. These Roman remains represent one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the Valencian Region, and were declared to be an Artistic-Historical Monument in 1961. The site conserves the urban layout of the ancient city, with the foundations and walls of the buildings that shaped it and the traces of their evolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucentum

  • Other places to visit in the city:

    Townhall (s. XVIII)

    Old city

    San Nicolas Cathedral (s. X)

    University of Alicante


    Postiguet beach

  • Other places to visit in the nearest 60 km:

    Ifach (Calpe)

    Tabarca island


    Palmeral de Elche

    Castell de Guadalest


  • More information on: www.alicante.com/

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