Alicante: Useful Information
Capital of the Costa Blanca
- VAT (IVA) is always included in the price of goods and refunds are unusual in Alicante and throughout Spain.
- Banks are normally open from 9am to 2pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.
- There are numerous internet cafes in the city with prices ranging from 1.7 € or 3.5 € per hour.
- The country code for Spain is 34, and the province code for Alicante is 96.
- In an emergency in Alicante, dial 091 for police (national) or 092 (local).
For fire emergencies in Alicante - dial 080 or 085 and for an ambulance dial 409 5530.
- To call from one city code to another in Alicante, first dial '0' followed by the Spanish city code and the main telephone number.
- For R.E.N.F.E (National Train Service) tickets, call 902 24 02 02.
- Tipping is not obligatory, but taxi drivers are pleased to receive a tip of around 5% of the total fare. A tip will also be expected in restaurants, but menu prices should always include service charges by law.
- The religion of Alicante and throughout Spain is Roman Catholic, although many other faiths and major religions are also represented in the city including Protestants and Muslims.
- In many buildings and on public transport in Alicante, rules now restrict smoking and this is strictly enforced, with harsh fines and penalties. No-smoking symbols are often clearly displayed.
- Although Spanish is the main language in Alicante, English, French and German are often understood at most attractions.
- Alicante’s tourist information centre is located on Rambla de Méndez Núnez 23, and is open from June to September (Monday to Friday between 10:00 to 20:00), and from October to May (Monday to Friday between 10:00 to 14:00 and between 15:00 to 19:30 on Saturday).