Altea Playa del Albir of white stones in Alicante Spain Alicante is the flourishing port city that’s the centre of all the action in Spain’s Costa Blanca. As the capital of the Alicante province, you can count on a vibrant art and food scene, lively nightlife and of course, a bustling seafront promenade. The city is gifted with a charming old town called Barrio de la Santa Cruz and a medieval castle that is a popular stop for the floods of seasonal tourists. Alicante is legendary for its wild hen and stag parties and full-throttle party scene, much like its rambunctious neighbour Benidorm. For visitors who are looking for a bit of respite from the late-nights and rowdy crowds, we have selected a handful of serene and stunning spots that are within close reach of Alicante’s city centre.


Altea

altea cathedral alicante The Moors once called this pretty little town Althaya, meaning health to all. Located just a sprint from Benidorm, these two coastal towns couldn’t be more different. Altea is a picturesque medieval town that attracts discerning visitors who prefer relaxing and wandering the curving cobbled streets to late-night antics. The palm-fringed seafront promenade is lined with elegant bistros and alfresco cafes, perfect for a midday meal after a morning at the beach. The blue and white tiled dome in the Nuestra Senora del Consuelo is the most famous landmark in the area.

 

El Albir

Just a short drive from Altea is El Albir, a modern little resort created for the area’s growing tourism industry. Albir is graced with the Blue Flag winning Playa de Raco de l’Albir, a long stretch of white beach, that’s made of fine pebbles. Off the beach, the pace here is calm and unhurried. Wide boulevards and low-lying buildings keep give Albir a comfortable community feel, that is ideal for families. Because of the resort’s small size, accommodation is limited but of exceptional value. The resort offers tons of dining options, from international takeaways to traditional Spanish restaurants, so you are sure to find any cuisine you’re in the mood for. Albir has a rich cultural scene and hosts both an annual film festival and jazz festival.

 

Calpe

calpe beach alicante spain North of Altea and about an hour’s drive from the Alicante airport is the beautiful Valencian town of Calpe. Calpe’s history extends back thousands of years, and over that time it has been inhabited by many different cultures including Iberian tribes, Romans and Moors. Thanks to this rich past, Calpe is home to several historical attractions. Visitors can wander through the Moorish quarter and Moorish Castle, pay a visit to the medieval Iglesia Vieja and explore the Calpe Museum of Archeology and the remains of a Roman villa. Calpe is most renown for the imposing Rock of Ifach which dominates the town’s skyline. The towering rock rises 332-metres above sea level and offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery below. However, the steep incline and dangerous footpath to the summit is for experienced hikers and climbers only!

 

Santa Pola

The Island of Tabarca of of Santa Pola. The Island of Tabarca off of Santa Pola. Santa Pola tends to fly under the radar, but this fisherman’s village turned resort town has a wealth of natural beauty and history to enjoy. Like its regional counterparts, Santa Pola boasts several soft, white-sand beaches, attractive coves and a plethora of water-sports. What sets Santa Pola apart are the stunning views of the salt-water marshes, sand dunes and rugged mountains in the distance. Between walking, jogging, cycling, paragliding and windsurfing visitors will have their hands full of outdoor activities to enjoy. Other interesting sites in Santa Pola include; Tabarca Island, which houses a pretty Marine Reserve and the bustling fishing port with its Market of Abastos and Casa del Mar. In the heart of town lies the cultural centre where there are several museums that showcase the town’s history, an exhibition hall, a medieval fortress and attractive plazas.

 

Torrevieja

Torrevieja bay with its calm sunny waters Located 40-minutes south of the Alicante airport, Torrevieja is a popular medium-sized resort. Despite its recent growth spurt, Torrevieja hasn’t succumbed to building throngs of high-rise and package holiday hotels. Even though accommodation is limited, the resort still has a whole lot going on. Torrevieja has over 1000 restaurants and bars to choose from, along with a busy seafront promenade and excellent shopping. It’s a wonderful option for families looking for child-friendly attractions like playgrounds and the Aquopolis water park. Torrevieja is surrounded by the Salinas de Torrevieja, which are two large, natural saltwater lagoons. What makes these lagoons really stand out are their vibrant colours. One is pink and the other is a vivid green. This unique area is a designated nature reserve where visitors can walk and spot the diverse bird life.

 

Polop

Picturesque spanish hillside village Polop de la Marina. Alicante, Costa Blanca. Spain Nestled in the hills of Alta Marina, Polop is a petite inland town that makes for a fabulous day-trip from Benidorm, or a stopover on the way to historical Guadalest. Exploring Polop will take no more than a few hours, so we recommend planning your visit in the morning and grabbing lunch at one of the alfresco cafes. Working orchards and pine groves surround the picturesque village. Any visit to this charming town must include a walk up to Polop Castle and a stroll along its medieval streets. Every Wednesday morning there is a small outdoor market where you’ll find a delicious spread of local meats, cheeses and produce. After seeing all there is to see in Polop, head to the Fonts del Algar, the nearby waterfalls, which are the perfect place to cool off!

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