Today’s travelpost is about the seaside resort of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca in Spain, which we visited during our Easter holiday.
Our bed and breakfast (see this travelpost!) was way up in the mountains about an hour off the coast of the Costa Blanca, so on one of our daytrips we wanted to see the Mediterranean of course.
We chose a lovely sunny day to visit Alicante, a famous holiday destination on the Costa Blanca, situated nearly 2 hours south of Valencia.
I guess this seaside resort is extremely busy during the high season and that would be the main reason for us to skip it during summer. But since we visited in April, the town was pleasantly crowded which made it very enjoyable to visit.
We parked our car near the train station and walked towards the harbour, passing a couple of shopping streets. We loved strolling the planade d’Espanya which took us to the harbour and we continued our way towards the eastern pier. We soaked up the sun and couldn’t get over the view of the azur blue Mediterranean.
Then it was time to search for a place to have a sangria. We found that near the beach and we thoroughly enjoyed the warmth of the April sun whilst resting our feet for a bit.
Then we started wandering the streets of the old town. The city centre has lots of quaint, narrow streets, which makes you feel like walking in a small village.
It was time to satisfy our apetite and we settled for an Italian restaurant for some pizza. I can really and truly recommend this restaurant (In Bocca al Lupo) as our pizzas were delicious and the service was very friendly.
In the afternoon we went up towards the Castell de Santa Barbara. I guess you can climb all the way up, but we were a bit lazy, so we took the elevator, which you can find near Playa del Postiguet. From the ruins of this moorish castle, you’ve got splendid views towards the Mediterrean on one side and towards the mountainous inland on the other. The elevator costs about 2,70 EUR per person, but the visit to the castle is free so don’t skip it when in the neighbourhood!
After our visit to the castle, we went down into the historical city centre again to have some icecream in Livanti Gelato di Sicilia (this is across the Italian restaurant where we had our lunch) where they serve the most amazing icecreams in tons of different flavours… loved it!
We then made our way towards the car park, zigzagging the streets to soak up a bit more atmosphere before leaving this vibrant city.
I must say that Alicante pleasantly surprised me and I can but recommend a visit!