48 hours in Alicante


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Alicante, taken by palm trees and a dazzling light, is the city of rice, the bonfires of San Juan and the afternoon (with permission from neighboring Murcia and Albacete) and is much more than fire and gunpowder.

In Alicante it is difficult to choose. Not to say impossible. We cannot keep a single street, museum, beach, restaurant or bar. But here we go: here is our guide to the Mediterranean city to immerse yourself, in 48 hours, in its festive, warm and bustling character.


9h Start the day with a good coffee with toast at Bunátic Coffee (Santa Barbara, 1). His coffee is from D-Origen Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee microtostator located in El Albir, but which has its own coffee plantations in Panama and even a barista academy: the Costa Blanca Coffee Academy.

Bunátic Coffee

The specialty coffee perfect for lighting the fuse of the day © Bunátic Coffee

11h Put on comfortable shoes and walk up to the emblematic Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the medieval fortress of the city of Arab origin, Well of Cultural Interest, which rests on Mount Benacantil, from which you can see the entire bay and the best panoramic view of Alicante .

Once up, you can visit the MUSA (Museum of the city of Alicante) . On the way, walk and get lost in the typical Barrio de Santa Cruz, photographing its colorful facades and stopping at the Emita de Santa Cruz and in the viewpoints that you will find in each corner. If you need to take a longer rest, choose Parque de la Ereta .

Parque de la Ereta en Alicante

Ereta Park in Alicante © Alamy

13h Alicante is made to go from bar to bar. And those of El Piripi, La Taberna del Gourmet, El Portal Taberna & Wines, Sento or El Cantó are some of the best places to check it out.

The salted fish, the red prawn of Denia, the medlar of Callosa d´en Sarrià, the mojama, the pickles of Santa Pola, the cherries of the mountains of Alicante, the sepionet or the nougat of Jijona are the local raw materials that make up some of tapas and skewers with more personality in Spain.

La tremenda barra del Piripi

The tremendous Alicante bar © Piripi

And if you prefer that table and tablecloth, as we can not choose only one, we remind you of ten gastronomic experiences that you can not miss. Accompany them with a PDO Alicante wine.

4pm Choose one of its many museums or cultural spaces and dedicate the afternoon to art: the MARQ (Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante, the first of the 21st Century); the MACA Museum of Contemporary Art, which integrates the oldest building in the city, Casa La Seguroda (1685); the Volvo Ocean Race Museum ; the Museum of Fine Arts Gravina MUBAG, located in the Gravina Palace, from the 18th century and declared a Historic Artistic Monument; the La Lonja Exhibition Hall, the Bonfire Museum or the Nativity Scene Museum.

Special mention deserves the old tobacco company, today converted into an innovative cultural multispace. Las Cigarreras occupies three ships of the old Tobacco Factory of the city.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MACA

MACA Museum of Contemporary Art © Getty Images

7pm Make a technical stop at the Laneu ice cream shop (San Francisco, 12; kiosk in Paseo Federico Soto and, from March to October, in San Vicente, 45 –El Campello).

Do not miss their layered caramel ice cream or Laneu cream and its appetizing versions of the horchata: the traditional one, the one with almonds, one without sugar and the other in the form of slush. The best: their ice cream does not contain additives, dyes, preservatives or artificial aromas. Only fresh milk, fresh cream, sugar and fruit.

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20h The day ends at El Palmeral, an urban forest of palm trees, lakes, ponds and artificial rivers.

9pm Beyond bars and gastronomic temples, Alicante also offers different proposals, such as Bodhi Green (San Fernando, 46), a vegetarian restaurant that many large cities already want. It also has vegan or gluten-free dishes.

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9h The plan for today? City and beach, the combination that every restless tourist expects to find in each coastal destination. And in Alicante, with more desire, since it is the Spanish province with more Blue Flags in its beaches, recognition of the European Union that makes them the best of the Mediterranean coast. But first, he gains strength with a good brunch in La Más Coketa (Ildefonso, 16).

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10h Start the route in Maissonave, making a stop at the lively Central Market, cross the Plaza Calvo Sotelo and get into San Francisco Street, affectionately called "mushroom street", for the sculptures that "grow" on their cobblestones.

Continue to the Rambla, passing through the Gabriel Miró Square and going down to the Esplanade of Spain, the photogenic walk full of palm trees that is as Alicante-like as the fires. It runs parallel to the port and you will identify it by the mosaic of more than 6 million tiles of tricolor marble that decorates its floor.

Explanada de España

Esplanade of Spain © Getty Images

On the way, do not miss its historical buildings, both civil and religious: the Town Hall, the Carbonell House, the Provincial Council, the Basilica of Santa Maria, the Main Theater or the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolás de Bari and its 15th century cloister deserve a photography.

The tour ends at El Postiguet beach, in the city center.

Playa de El Postiguet

El Postiguet Beach © Getty Images

The well-known (especially for locals) San Juan beach, the coves of Cabo de la Huerta, Almadraba beach, Albufereta beach, Saladares-Urbanova or Aguamarga (adapted for dogs), without forgetting of the Island of Tabarca, the only inhabited island of the Valencian Community, are other desirable shelters at the foot of the sea where to spend a few hours or practice water sports, rent boats or jet skis.

Isla de Tabarca

The other Spanish islands to discover © iStock

2pm Alicante proudly calls itself the city of rice. And defend this appetizing label with hundreds of variants: the typical rice band, the cauldron, the olleta, the tuna rice, prawns and chickpeas or the mushroom and duck gizzard. You will want to return to Alicante several times a year to try them all. Do it in Maestral (Andalusia, 18).

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17h To say goodbye to the city, live the afternoon through the streets of San Francisco and Castaños . Our advice? If you have come by AVE, you may want to change your ticket to get the last one. If you have done it by car, do not wear departure time. Alicante catches.

Marina de Alicante

Alicante marina © iStock