Alicante Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Alicante

If you have extra time, Castillo de Santa Barbara is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Alicante
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    #1 in Alicante
    Beaches, Free
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    You'll find this piece of shoreline just about 6 miles north of Alicante. Playa del San Juan is accessible by bus or tram, and it's known as one of Spain's best beaches, in fact, many travelers say it offers a better beach experience than you'll find atPostiguet. It's also pretty

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    Old Town Alicante
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    Old Town Alicante's boundaries are roughly drawn by the streets Rambla de Méndez Núnez and Explanada de España, and Mount Benacantil, which is topped by theCastillo de Santa Bárbara. Ideal for meandering, Old Town's narrow streets will also give you a true feel for this city. On your wander, you'll

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    Castillo de Santa Barbara
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    #3 in Alicante
    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing, Free
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    Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing, Free
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    Carthaginians built the first incarnation of this fortress in 400 B.C.; Romans and Arabs later used the fort and added to it — drawbridges, battery, hospitals, dungeons, and more. Today, the complex is solely used for tourism. Admission is free, but you'll face a small fee if you want to

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    Explanada de España
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    The ideal place to people watch, the trademark Explanada de España is a marble-laden promenade, constructed from 6.5 million mosaic tiles. Lined by benches and several rows of palm trees, the walk is hemmed in by the shore on one side and several blocks of restaurants and nightclubs on the

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    Las Hogueras de San Juan
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    Las Hogueras de San Juan(the Bonfires of Saint John) is an annual event that takes place around June 24. Similar toValencia's Las Fallas event, Alicante's version includes a huge parade with elaborateninots(effigies), street parties, fireworks, a market, a beauty queen, flower offerings and a lot of drinking. And although most

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    Palm Groves of Elche
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    #6 in Alicante
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    ThePalmeral de Elche(or Palm Grove of Elche) has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its grove of more than 11,000 palm trees — the largest in all of Europe. It also has roots that are "traditionally attributed to the Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the 1st millennium BC," according

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    Museums, Free
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    This museum is a little ironic: Modern art by the likes of Calder, Dalí and Picasso is housed in the city's oldest building. But theMuseo de Arte del Siglo XX Asegurada (or the 20th Century Art Collection) has nearly 200 works displayed in the 17th-century baroque building. 

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    Postiguet Beach
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    #10 in Alicante
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    Beaches, Free
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    If you don't want to travel too far from the city center, Postiguet Beach is the place to go. Backed by a promenade (aka a "boardwalk") and a line of palms, it's also very crowded. However, this local beach doesn't get points for being super picturesque or even that clean.

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