Mercado Central#14 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
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Located in the city center, Mercado Central provides seemingly endless stalls of fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, seafood, olive oils, pastries and flowers. The stalls are run by locals – mainly farmers from surrounding towns – whose prices are average and products are fresh. Not to mention, there's plenty of wine vendors as well. Recent visitors raved about the market's organization and cleanliness, and they recommended asking vendors about their products because many are conversational and happy to give information.
The market, which features more than 200 vendors, has an important place in the city's history because it serves to commemorate the resilience of Alicante's people during the Spanish Civil War. It's housed inside a rectangular domed structure built in 1912 with thoughtful architectural design. On the main floor, you'll see meats and cheeses, while on the underground floor – which you can reach via escalator – you'll find the rest of the products. Outside, there are tables for visitors to sit and enjoy their market finds (although the tables fill up quickly in the warmer months, according to reviewers). The market also typically gets crowded on Saturday afternoons as locals have time to go grocery shopping and catch up with one another over food.
You can find the market near the downtown stores and restaurants, and it's within walking distance of tourist destinations like the Castillo de Santa Barbara. It's also located just steps away from the Mercat Central TRAM station. It's open from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It's closed on Sundays. The market is free to peruse.
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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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