- – the provincial capital.
- – a small town known for its traditional ceramics.
- – has an annual 600-year-old trade fair.
- – has the largest annual Moors and Christians festival.
- – one of Alicante's better-preserved medieval towns.
- – a town with two Moorish castles and other historic monuments.
Away from the beaches, the geography of the area makes Alicante a stunning area to explore, with the province split between mountainous areas to the north and west and a mostly flat south. The mountains are home to interesting villages to explore, such as Guadalest and natural gems like the Algar Waterfalls. The coast is dotted with relics from the region's past in the form of ancient towers and fortifications alongside hidden coves. The massive Penyal d'Ifac, in Calp, is a striking visual feature along the coastline and was known to the Phoenicians as the Northern Rock to distinguish it from the Rock of Gibraltar further south.
The region's culture is also particularly vibrant, with numerous festivals throughout the year. Almost every town and village celebrates the annual Moors and Christians festival in the summer, which commemorates the Spanish Reconquista and often leads to week long festivities.
Aside from tourism, the province relies on agriculture with vineyards in the inner part of the province and fertile land along the coast. Fishing is important along the coast and Santa Pola, Calp and Denia are all important fishing harbours. Historically, the textile sector - particularly footwear - has been important in towns such as Alcoy and Elche but the industry is now having to fight against harsh competition from Asia.
By planeUsing the international airport in Alicante (Valencian/Catalan: Alacant),ALC.
The airport is relatively close to the ciutat (city) of Alacant, beaches in Costa Blanca, such as Benidorm.
By busMany buses come from almost every big city in Spain. The main bus station is located in the centre of Alicante.
By carUse the AP-7 highway if you come from the coast (Valencia or Barcelona). There is also a motorway coming from Madrid and another from Murcia.
Outside of the Alicante metropolitan area, the Line 1 serves towns along the coast from Alicante up to Bendiorm. From there, passengers can interchange with Line 9 for services further north serving towns including Altea, Calp, Teulada and Dénia. The journey from Alicante-Luceros to Benidorm takes approximately 70 minutes, while services from Benidorm to Denia take 90 minutes. Services between Calp and Denia have been closed since 2016 for upgrade works - replacement bus services are available instead.
A journey planner is available.
Fares range from €1.35 to €7.15 (April 2018 prices) for a single ticket depending on the number of zones traveled through. Multi-journey tickets and concessions are available which provide a discount. Within the Alicante metropolitan area, a single journey costs €1.45 but passengers can buy TAM multitravel cards, which provide discounts on multiple journeys.
GuadalestGuadalest is a mountainous village built in a truly unique style into the actual mountain sides. The picturesque village attract thousands of tourist wishing to see the ancient buildings glued to the peaks of narrow mountains and habitats built into the caves of steep mountain sides