Alicante: Suggested Itinerary

Capital of the Costa Blanca

Day 1: Believe it or not but there’s a great deal more to Alicante than sun, sea and sand. Alicante boasts over 160km of beaches but also has incredible rocky coves for scuba diving. The best way to begin your stay in this Spanish paradise is to anchor a small boat, which you will find numerous opportunities to do so around the stunning coastline. Cruise out, either on a ferry or on your own small boat and just soak up the never-ending sunshine and immaculate paradise atmosphere.

Take the day slow and enjoy the features before settling down to some local cuisine in the evening, though if you’re lucky to be going during one of the festival periods, even better. The main ones to look out for are Las Hogueras de San Juan (The Bonfire of Saint John) in Alicante (July), Las Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos (The Festival of Moors and Christians) in Alcoy (April), El Misterio in August and la Procesión del Domingo de Ramos in April (The Mystery and the Procession of Palm Sunday) in Elche, Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) in Villajoyosa (July) and El Certamen Internacional de Habaneras (The International Competition of Habaneras) in Torrevieja (July).

Day 2: Now it’s time to explore some of mountainous terrain the region is known for. The Alcoyana Mountains is a particular highlight. Find this area in Alcoy, 45 km from the city of Alicante. It is a town known for its numerous bridges, its rivers and the homogeneity of the urban area. Recommended visiting include the local museums in the medieval district: the archaeology and the Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos (Festival of Moors and Christians, April only).

In the evening, try some of the local cusine as a visit to Alicante would be incomplete if you do not try the excellent rice. This is cooked in a variety of ways with different types of rice: banda rice (rice with fish), black rice (with cuttlefish), baked rice, etc... Furthermore, there are a fresh fish and shellfish. For dessert there is nothing better than fig bread, nougat candy, or ice cream from Jijona. This food can be enjoyed with the famous vines of the Alicante region such as Fondillón of Alicante.

Day 3: The rest of this mountainous province has many important medieval castles, some of them the typical beautiful fairytale castles. Among these fortresses discover the castles of Villena, Biar, Petrer and Elda,Bañeres or Banyeres of Mariola, Castalla, Noveldaand Elche. In reality, most of the province of Alicante is filled with castles that it would be near impossible to enjoy all of them in one visit.

Also to mention is the grand Alcazaba or Castle of Denia. Although the hill in Denia was occupied since the time of the Romans, it was the Arabs who built the grand complex of walls and fortifications. Also is the important castle of Santa Bárbara which ruled the city of Alicante.

If you fancy a night out for the evening, recommended visiting is the tourist haven of Benidorm, a town of leisure time and vacations with the capacity to accommodate 300,000 tourists during peak season. This is the main tourist center of Costa Blanca and well worth a visit if you fancy ending the holiday on a high.

Day 4: In Alicante there are many natural treasures worth visiting. Between Alcoi and Ibi, in the Sierra del Menejedor is Carrascal de la Font Roja Natural Park - of great ecological importance.

The nature of Alicante also offers a tranquil setting for those who enjoy active tourism: hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, repelling, bungee jumping, paragliding and windsurfing. It may be wise to pick what you’ve always wanted to do for your final day and set about living some dreams as this is not the sort of place people are going to expect trinkets from!