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Once you've gotten your fill of Alicante city, consider taking a daytrip to the Guadalest Valley. This valley, which sits about an hour's drive north of the city, draws visitors with its turquoise blue reservoir and surrounding mountains. There are popular hiking trails for different viewpoints. Though it's a rural area, there is a village in the valley with quaint restaurants and shops as well as ruins of ancient city walls. Hiking trails are accessible from the town, so visitors can use it as a home base for their adventures.

A must-see landmark in the Guadalest Valley is the hilltop castle, which was made extremely secure in its construction and can only be reached by walking through a tunnel. According to past visitors, the views are worth the walk.

You can rent a car to drive to the valley from Alicante, and there is parking in the village. Travelers say the drive to and around town is scenic and picturesque. There are also bus routes to transport you; visitors recommend taking a bus or tram to Benidorm, then the bus from Benidorm to Guadalest. There are also organized group trips that will take you to the valley from Alicante, which are a solid option if you want a more educational and organized visit.

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#1 San Juan Beach

You'll find this stretch of shoreline just about 6 miles northeast of Alicante city. Playa de San Juan is known as one of Spain's best beaches; in fact, many recent travelers said it offers a better beach experience than Postiguet. The beach offers designated area for sports like volleyball and football. There's also a skateboarding area if you want to show off some tricks or just watch others. Not to mention, there are plenty of places to rent water sports equipment for surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and jet skiing. The beach also stretches about 2 miles, so you'll surely be able to carve out your own little space in the sand. It's accessible by tram or bus. Visitors recommend taking the L4 tram line to the Londres stop or the L3 tram line to El Campello; if you're on a bus, Costa Blanca, Costa Blanca-Milan and Plaza Coruña are all bus stops close to the beach.

Just behind the beach are restaurants, nightlife venues and even an 18-hole golf course. On a sunny day – most days – the strip is filled with people strolling. A bike path behind the beach makes it easily accessible; there is also a tram line that connects the beach with the city center and Dénia – a nearby coastal town. Public parking spaces and beachside hotels abound in this area as well. Access to the beach is free.

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