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Why go to Alicante

Sitting on the southeast coast of Spain, Alicante is one of the country’s most popular tourism destinations. With a hilltop castle overlooking a picturesque old town, a bustling port area and several superb beaches, it’s not hard to see why.

Long before it became a popular holiday destination, Alicante flourished, first as a city for the Phocaea Greeks, then for the Romans and Moors. Inhabited for around 7000 years, and once a major Mediterranean trading post, Alicante’s history is as rich as the food splayed across its menus.

The city is a seafood lovers’ haven with its own fish auction and myriad of tantalising seafood restaurants. The Alicante region specialises in dishes such as traditional paellas and arroz a banda (rice with fish stock), fish stews and red grilled prawns. Finish it all up with some turrón, Alicante’s most famous sweet – a type of nougat typically made with honey, sugar and almonds. It’s traditionally eaten at Christmas, though in Alicante it can be bought all year round.

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Is it safe to go to Alicante?

Alicante is generally considered to be a safe destination, but as with any big city, you should keep a lookout for pickpockets. For up-to-date travel advice for Spain, check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Do I need to have a visa to go to Alicante?

No, travellers with a full British passport do not need a visa to go to Alicante.

How many days do I need in Alicante?

You only really need around two days to visit Alicante city itself but consider adding a few extra if you want to spend some time relaxing on the beach, too. Stay for a week and you’ll have time for day trips to Tabarca Island and Elche.

Are there any local customs I need to be aware of?

You’re not allowed to sit and drink alcohol on the streets, known as bottellón. It’s only allowed in dedicated areas such as the outdoor terraces of bars.

Getting around Alicante

Getting around during your Alicante holiday is easy. If you’re just staying in Alicante city itself, you don’t need a car as everything is easily reachable to foot or by public transport. The nearby resorts of Benidorm and Torrevieja can also be reached by train. If you want to explore the wider area, however, hiring a car would be advisable.

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