Costa Blanca in Spain has long been a popular holiday destination for holidaymakers in the UK. Most tourists arrive at Alicante Airport before heading to the holiday resorts of Benidorm, Calpe, Moraira, Javea and Denia.
Alicante is known as the capital of Costa Blanca and is located directly in the Mediterranean, although most visitors to this Costa Rica will know Alicante best for its airport, but this beautiful city is well worth a visit. Check out the sea views from Santa Barbara Castle, located on Mount Benacantil, the top of which can be reached by a lift located on the rocky face of Playa Postiguet.
In addition to the scenery, it's worth examining the strange rock formation that resembles a Moor's face, as well as the Museo de les Fogueres (Museum of Fire) featuring stunning figures created for the June Fogueres Festivals. The CAPA collection is also housed here, featuring examples of modern Spanish sculpture, including works by Dali.
The Santa Faz Monastery is also worth seeing, if only for the legend attached to the place where it is located – a pilgrim brought a cloth relic, which was used to wipe the blood off the face of Jesus at the crucifix in Alicante in the 16th century and by done this, made a miracle happen … Visit the monastery to learn the whole story.
Museum lovers looking for something a little different from the usual pottery pieces and so on will enjoy a change at the East Scene Museum, located in the old Alicante neighborhood. As well as an interesting Christmas bric-a-brac collection, the museum features beautiful nativity scenes from around the world. The Bulgarian Museum also offers something a little different from the norm – a permanent display focusing on various local graves, with rooms for presentations and discussions on the controversial topic.
For a more conventional museum experience, try the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, with its collection of pieces starting from the 20th century far from the Middle Ages. Alternatively, the La Aseguarda Museum features an excellent collection of contemporary pieces by masters including Miro, Dali and Gargallo, as well as some non-Spanish artists.
Alicante beaches are also as good as anyone will find along the coast, especially the San Juan beach, which, with its endless 7 miles of fine sand and a wide range of facilities, plus a nearby golf course .
The city center is packed with shops and restaurants, in addition to a number of suburbs, such as Gran Via, Vista Hermosa and Panoramis. The food outside is of course delectable in Alicante with a lively selection of bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants available in El Barrio and El Puerto. Both locations offer very different atmospheres, the charm of the old town of El Barrio that contrasts beautifully with the location of the shiny modern El Puerto Navy.
El Puerto (meaning "Port") offers a regular service to Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, France and North Africa. Regular ferry and boat services, rail and highway connections to Barcelona, Murcia, Denia and Madrid, and the international airport, make Alicante the gateway to Spain's Costa Blanca.