Costa Blanca, Spain, has long been a popular holiday destination for travelers on UK holidays. Most travelers arrive at Alicante Airport before heading to the Holiday Resorts in Benidorm, Calp, Modira, Java and Denia.
Alicante is known as the capital of Costa Blanca and is located directly in the Mediterranean, although most visitors to this coaster will know Alicante well for its airport, but this beautiful city is well worth a visit. View sea views from the Santa Barbara Castle, above Mount Benacantil, at the top of which an elevator can be placed in the rock face across the Playa Pacific.
Aside from the view, it is worth examining the strange rock formation, which is similar to Moore's face, as well as the Museo de Les Foguerres (Museum of Bonfires) where the amazing paintings for the June Fogueres Festival appear. The CAPA collection is also housed here, with examples of modern Spanish sculpture including Dali compositions.
The Santa Fe Monastery is also worth a visit, if only for the legend attached to the place where it was located – a pilgrim brought a sign of cloth that was used to wipe blood from the mouth of Jesus Christ in the sixteenth century at Alicante, and it did a miracle. Visit the monastery to learn the full story.
Museum lovers will be looking for something a little different from the usual scraps of pottery and even enjoy a change at the Nativity Scene Museum in Alicante's Old Quarter. As well as an interesting collection of Christmas brick-a-brac, the museum showcases beautiful birth scenes from around the world. The Bullfighting Museum offers something a little different from the norm – a permanent exhibition focused on various local bullfighters, offering room for presentations and discussions on controversial topics.
For a more sophisticated museum experience, try the Gravina Fine Arts Museum, with a collection of pieces from much of the 20th century to the middle ages. Alternatively, the La Esiguarda Museum has a great collection of contemporary pieces, including some non-Spanish artists including Miro, Dali, and Gargelo.
The beaches of Alicante are as good as any you can see along the coast, especially San Juan beaches, with its endless 7km of fine sand and a wide range of amenities, as well as an 18-hole golf course.
The city center is filled with shops and restaurants in addition to several shopping malls on the outskirts of Gran Via, Vista Hermosa and Panoramis. Eating in Alicante is definitely enjoyable, with its distinctive selection of bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants found in El Barrio and El Puerto. The two locations provide very different atmospheres, the elegance of the old town of El Barrio is strikingly different with the attractive modern marina location of El Puerto.
El Puerto (meaning "The Port") provides regular services to Barcelona, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, France and North Africa. Regular ferry and shipping services, rail and motorway connections with Barcelona, Marcia, Denia and Madrid and international airports make Alicante the gateway to Costa Blanca, Spain.