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Alicante

Alicante has accrued a long and illustrious history ever since it was founded by the Romans, who called it Lucentum (the City of Light). This city in the Valencian Community has its own identity and is well known for its beaches and cuisine.

The most noteworthy places of interest in Alicante include its imposing castle and the attractive seafront promenade, where you can take a quiet walk or relax at a café and enjoy the sea breeze.

What is there to see in the city of Alicante?

Santa Barbara Castle

Santa Barbara Castle
Santa Barbara Castle

Santa Bárbara Castle dates back to the 16th century and provides stunning views of Alicante from the top of Mount Benacantil. You can go up to the castle on foot, an effortless, rewarding stroll, and there is also a lift for those who prefer an easier ascent.

In addition to the views of the city, the marina and the Mediterranean Sea, this castle looks over the ruins of several fortified towers that were part of the network designed to defend Alicante from the Berber pirates.

Monuments of interest

Some of the most important points of interest in the capital city of Alicante are San Fernando Castle, the Cathedral of San Nicolas (built on the site of an old mosque), the Palace of Gravina (which was completed around 1800 and is now home to the Museum of Fine Arts.)

The Museum of Modern Art (dating back to the 17th century, where you will find works by Dalí, Miró and Picasso, among others).

The Central Market (built in 1912 and featuring various modernist architectural styles) and Casa Carbonell (one of the most spectacular buildings in the city, built in the 1920s by a wealthy textile baron).

Beaches

Sun, sea and sand ... Alicante boasts plenty of blue-flag beaches on which to enjoy a quiet swim. Some of the most noteworthy are:

  • San Juan beach. 3 km of fine sand make it one of the main attractions for visitors to Alicante.
  • Cabo de la Huerta. Small rocky coves with crystal clear water, located right next to San Juan.
  • Aguamarga. Especially adapted for dogs.
  • Playa de la Almadraba. Less crowded than others in the high season, with gentle waves that are conducive to enjoying a peaceful sunset.
  • Playa de la Albufereta. Located to the north of the city, close to archaeological sites of interest and the place where Alicante was founded.
  • Playa del Postiguet. A pleasant urban beach located just below Santa Bárbara Castle, next to the marina.
  • Playa de Saladares-Urbanova. A quiet beach with delimited nudist areas around 5 km away from the city.

What is there to see in the province of Alicante?

Tabarca Island

Nueva Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community, a picturesque, not to be missed spot for tourists. A 45-minute cruise from Alicante will take you there. This small group of islands was once a refuge for pirates and Berbers, and is now famed for its charming fishing port, crystal clear water and quiet sandy coves.

Altea

Altea
Altea

Sweeping down from the cape of Mascarat and nestled in a bay, Altea carves a gap between the sea and the mountains, giving rise to a symbolic image of the Costa Blanca highlighted by the blue and white dome of its Parish Church. This delightful Mediterranean town in Alicante is well known for its beautiful beaches and pretty town centre.

Jávea
Jávea

Jávea

Jávea is a coastal town located between two capes, La Nao and San Antonio. The population of the entire area and each of the three environments into which it is divided (the town, the port and the sandy coastal areas) strike a balance between the important traces of the civilizations that decided to create a settlement there and the modernity of a tourist destination.

Campsites - Alicante

In the old town, whitewashed houses with stone doors, windows and balconies line the narrow streets; on the coast, beaches, coves and up-market residential complexes are linked by a network of viewpoints with amazing views of the sea.

Alicante - Campsites

Near the pretty mountain-top village of Campell, this new site is perched high on the side of a mountain with breathtaking views of hilltop villages...

Alannia Costa Blanca (formerly Marjal) is a fully equipped site situated 15 km. inland on the southern Alicante coast, close to the towns of Crevillente...

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Camping Internacional Las Palmeras is set between palm trees in the south-east of Spain, located 10 minutes from Elche and 20 minutes from some of...

This campsite, open all year round, is tucked away in a residential neighbourhood and yet lies just 50 metres from the seafront. There’s a pleasant...

Vast sandy beaches fringe the coastline throughout this sunny region. But this campsite, situated in the resort of Jávea, is close to one of the...

The final approach to this site emerges from the bustle of the town and is decorated with palm, orange and pine trees, the latter playing...

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This neat hillside site, with some views over the town and marina, is quietly situated in an urban area amongst old pine trees just 40...

Situated on the outskirts of Calpe, this small, quiet, well maintained site is an oasis of tranquillity. With a backdrop of mountains and a view...

This family run campsite is set within a residential neighbourhood, only 15 minutes walk from the nearest beach. It’s location means living is easy, with...

This small site was untidy when seen, but it has direct access across a small but busy road to the attractive pebble beach and is...

A basic 'Aire' style site, suitable for motorhomes only. Conveniently located for Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada and the attractive town of Altea.

Santa Clara Camping is in an enviable position, just 2 minutes walk from the nearest pebble beach and with good access to many others north...

Formerly known as Excalibur Medieval Camping, touring pitches are no longer available at this site. The resort offers lodge and mobile home accommodation only. This...

Fancy getting to know the Costa Blanca? Need to park up and explore? Look no further than this camper park, set back from the bustle...

Camping Almafrá is a good quality site, open all year and close to Benidorm. There are a good range of amenities here, most of which...

This small, uncomplicated site is 1.8 kilometres back from the eastern Benidorm beach (the one on the other side of the town is less crowded)...

Camping Benisol is a well developed and peaceful site with lush, green vegetation and a mountain backdrop. Mature hedges and trees afford privacy to each...

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This is a relaxed family-friendly campsite lying in the Rincón de Loix district of Benidorm and about 1 km from the nearest beach. This is...

This is something exciting for youngsters. Set in the grounds of Terra Natura animal park and water park, this resort is 6 km from the...

This purpose built site with good facilities provides about 572 pitches (200 for touring units). There is wide access from the Rincon de Loix road...

An all-year site with a good range of amenities, Villamar operates to high standards and rules. There are 584 pitches for long-term units, with 50...

Benidorm is increasingly popular for winter stays and Villasol is a genuinely good, purpose built modern site. Many of the 448 well separated pitches are...

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Camping El Torres opened in November 2014 and with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, glorious views of the Mediterranean and close proximity to a long...

Camping Playa Paraiso is a small, well maintained campsite by the sea. It has been reopened by new owners who lost one of their other...

A basic 'Aire' style site, suitable for motorhomes only. Conveniently located for the historic town of Sant Joan d'Alacant.

This small site has 80 pitches with 60 for touring units, some with views of the distant hills. Bungalows line three sides of the white-walled...

Camping El Jardin is a friendly place, right in the heart of the Costa Blanca between Alicante and Benidorm. The main beaches are just 50...

About 20 km south of Alicante, this terraced campsite is in a great location. Around Santa Pola are 11 km of Blue Flag beaches, with...

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Very efficiently run by a friendly family, Camping Internacional La Marina has 450 touring pitches of three different types and sizes ranging from 50 sq.m...

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The site is located beside the estuary of the Segura river, alongside the pine and eucalyptus forests of the Dunas de Guardamar Natural Park. A...

The coastline south from Alicante is one long silver sand beach, reaching Camping Palm-Mar after 35 km or so. The beach here, just a few...

Florantilles is an excellent site situated 6 km. west of Torrevieja, 60 km. south of Alicante and occupying an elevated position overlooking orange groves and...

Lo Monte is a fairly new (2011) all-year site located at Pilar de la Horadada, the most southerly town on the Costa Blanca. It is...

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