Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA)#12 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
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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. The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (also known as the MACA or the 20th Century Art Collection) has nearly 200 works displayed in the 17th-century baroque building. The exhibits showcase art of all media including paintings, sculptures and even lithographs (designs drawn onto stone). Most of the original works were donated by local artist Eusebio Sempere, who wanted art to become more accessible to everyone. Since then, the museum has garnered a wealth of support and a great variety of art from renowned Spanish artists.
There are some permanent exhibits as well as a wealth of temporary ones which help change up visitors' experiences if they stop by multiple times. You'll leave this museum with a greater appreciation for local artists and the country that influences their work, according to reviewers. Recent visitors were especially impressed with some of the three-dimensional art and the unique selection of pieces.
Admission is free, and it's open Tuesday through Sunday with varying hours depending on the season. You'll find this museum on the Plaza de Santa María, not far from the MARQ Provincial Archaeological Museum and other attractions in the downtown area. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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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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