Alicante was, in 1989, only a brief stop in one of my trips to Benidorm.
We didn’t see much, but… did we loose much?
The coast was our objective, and we browsed it all, before and after the destination.
Playa de San Juan, in Alicante, was the place for vacation in 2022. Alicante was seen again, but not too deeply.
Let’s add some more notes.
Santa Barbara Castle
Dominating the city from the top of an impressive hill, the castle is a large complex, only accessible by elevator or microbus.
It offers a huge variety of experiences, including gastronomic and cultural activities.
Puerta del Mar
The busiest place in Alicante is this square, which connects the esplanade and Postiguet beach. It is embellished by a fountain, a monument to the surrogate soldiers and a pirate sailing ship.
The most beautiful building in Alicante has a curious history, as it seems to have been built in 1925, as revenge by its owner, barred from the nearby hotel for its modest appearance.
It has shops on the ground floor and houses on the other floors.
Esplanada de Espanha
The esplanade of Spain is the jewel of the city. Built with 6 million pieces in marble, whose sequence produces an illusory image of volume, it is flanked by hundreds of palm trees, composing a very interesting ensemble.
The esplanade of Spain has at one end the Puerta del Mar, and at the other a monument to a local deputy, José Canalejas.
The Palace of the “Ayuntamiento” is an 18th century Baroque building, which conveys a feeling of weight and power, but of debatable taste.
S. Nicola di Bari
I read so much praise for the cathedral that I considered it a must-visit. Bad luck! It was closed and I had to make do with the mannerist façade, imposing but discreet.
The city’s main beach, Postiguet, is practically in the center. Maybe that’s why the feeling it gave me was of overcrowding.
I believe that this proximity is reflected in the prices, so I congratulated myself on choosing Playa de San Juan, a few (few) kilometers away, but with another tranquility (and probably also economy).