Alicante, Spain

Great food and easy access by plane, by train, by bus or by car.

Alicante Province is located on the east coast Spain and forms part of the Autonomous Community of Valencia. It lies along the Mediterranean coast, in the region known as Costa Blanca. The province is bordered by Valencia to the north, Murcia to the south west and the Mediterranean Sea to the east.

Alicante is a city that has it all. Great climate, abundant choices of restaurants and easy access to train, bus and airport.

Alicante is a port city and the capital of Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets and quaint colored houses. From there, you can enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast by taking an elevator (when it works) or walk uphill (a bit of a steep climb) and you will arrive at the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara.

Esplanada d’Espanya

This quayside promenade is lined by four rows of palm trees and the pavement is tessellated red, cream and black marble that mimics the waves of the Mediterranean.

As you walk along the promenade you find some bars and restaurants and might come across some outdoor stalls that sell art works, ceramics, clothing and jewellery.

Mercado Central Alicante

Although the Spanish Civil War ended some 84 years ago, the conflict left a mark on the city of Alicante. On May 25, 1938, an attack by the Aviazione Legionaria delle Baleari, the air faction of the Italian fascist army located in Mallorca, killed more civilians than any single bombing raid anywhere in Spain during the Civil War. The death toll was on the same scale as the notorious bombing of Guernica in the Basque Country the year before.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara

Originally built as a fortress in the late 9th Century under Muslim rule, archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman have been found. 

Puerto de Alicante

If you are scheduling a trip to Alicante city, make sure you are there in October 2022.  It is now confirmed that the next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain, in October 2022 and finish in Genova, Italy, in the summer of 2023. This will be the jubilee anniversary year (50 years!) of the Race.

This is such a great event you won’t want to miss. We had a ton of fun each day with different exhibitors, food venues and of course, meeting the teams as they prepare for one of the toughest challenges in sport. 

Novelda

Surprising to most, Novelda is the center of Spain’s marble industry. It is home to many important quarries and mines of marble, limestone, silica, clay and gypsum. 

There are many well-preserved art nouveau buildings and the two must sees are Casa Museo Modernista and Santuario de Santa María Magdalena.

The Casa Museo Modernista was designed by Murcian architect, Pedro Cerdán as a private residence for Antonia Navarro Mira in 1900 and was completed in 1903. It is a lovely house museum filled with modernist furniture and objects.

Built by architect and engineer, José Sala Sala, who had trained in Barcelona, one can clearly see the influence of Antoni Gaudi in the design and construction of the Santuario de Santa María Magdalena. Construction took place between 1918 and 1946. The delay was due to the Spanish Civil War.

Inside the church, you can admire large paintings depicting the life of Mary Magdalen as well as an organ completely made of marble. When we visited the church back in 2018, we were fortunate to have heard the organ being tested. The acoustics were amazing!

How we spend Valentine’s Day

Pinoso (El Pinós in Valencian) is a town located in the mountainous countryside of the Alicante/Murcia border. This town is renowned for the production of fine wines, rock salt and marble. 

Around February 14, Pinoso celebrates its independence from Monovar by hosting the gastronomic Dia del Villazgo fiesta. It is a fun-filled event filled with good food, wine and entertainment.

La Vila Joiosa

Do you love chocolate? If you do, then the town of La Vila Joiosa is perfect for you because it is home of the famous Valor chocolate. Here you can discover the journey of cocoa and all about Valor chocolate.

If you’re lucky, you can also visit the Valor factory.

Elche Outlet Mall

Located in Elche Business Park where you will find over 300 companies in the footwear and textile industries. This outlet mall is truly a shopper’s haven! 

If you don’t have comfortable shoes to wear while walking around, stop off at Pikolino’s (my personal favorite) or Campers. I am sure you will find a pair or two there innocent.

 

Make sure to check out our map below which includes some of our favorite restaurants, beaches and outlet malls. Stay tuned for new updates.

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