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One of the oldest churches in the city, the Santa Maria Basilica sits in the heart of Alicante's Old Town across from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (MACA). Construction on the Valencian Gothic church began in the 14th century, and some of its most memorable features include the ornate sculptures at the entrance and the two towers. Inside, the golden altar is striking as are the various paintings and high ceilings.

The land on which it was constructed previously held a mosque, but when the city changed hands from Moorish rule, this new church was built. The Santa Maria Basilica now symbolizes the city's many Roman Catholic residents. Mass is usually held each day but times can vary. If you don't want to attend Mass but still want to venture inside the structure, you can walk through the church between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. It's free to enter, but be sure to be respectful while visiting as it's an active place of worship. 

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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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