Tucked away on the South East coast of Spain, Alicante has gradually been transformed from a quiet port town into a dynamic resort, bubbling with entertainment and nightlife all year round. With easy access to Madrid, Palma and even Morocco, Alicante is a gateway to some of Europe’s most-loved tourist spots.
It’s no surprise that flights to Alicante were hugely popular last summer, beating both Greece and Turkey to become one of Monarch’s top five destinations.
Let’s take a look at some of the best sights in and around this vibrant Spanish town, all of which can be easily reached within a 2 hour drive of the airport. Booking one of Cosmos all inclusive holidays’ offers and renting a car straight from the airport can be a very economical way to start your trip!
1. Alicante Town
Driving time from airport: 15 minutes
The jewel in Alicante Town’s crown is definitely the spectacular beachfront promenade – a favourite spot of the Spanish poet Juan Gil-Albert. The Explanada de España is a colourful stretch of pavement, composed of 6.6 million black, red and cream marble tiles. It’s a fantastic place to take an afternoon stroll in the shade of beautiful palm trees, with plenty of shops and cafés to explore.
Driving time from airport: 1 hour 50 minutes
Valencia was a Muslim stronghold for five centuries, and remains one of the most fascinating regions in Spain. Drive into the mountains to discover remarkably well-preserved castles amongst the hilltops of Morella and Xàtiva. Or head into Valencia City for the strikingly modern Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – a cultural complex that’s packed with sights and activities for holidaymakers of all tastes to enjoy.
Driving time from airport: 50 minutes
The drive from Alicante to the bustling town of Torrevieja is an experience in itself. Cruise along the coastal road N332 to enjoy spectacular views of the Costa Blanca and Torrevieja’s huge salt lakes and mountains, which produce more than half a million tonnes of salt each year.
Driving time from airport: 20 minutes
Elche is a hugely important town for traditional Andalusian culture. The Elche Palm Grove has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Mystery Play of Elche is treasured as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. Watch this sacred lyrical drama to see one of the last living vestiges of medieval European theatre.