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Spain’s Coastal Gem: Exploring Alicante in 3 Incredible Days

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Alicante holds a truly special place in my heart. After my first visit to this enchanting destination, I was captivated to the point that I decided to make it my home for nearly two months. It’s become my refuge, my escape from the bustling city life of Madrid.

This Costa del Sol city’s vibrant atmosphere, warm hospitality, and rich heritage stole my heart from the beginning. The city offers an incredible tapestry of experiences, from the sun-drenched beaches that invite you to soak up the Mediterranean rays to the ancient fortresses that whisper tales of history. Alicante enchants you with its undeniable beauty, revealing a side of Spain that truly captures your soul.

Nestled along the picturesque Costa del Sol, Alicante remains a hidden gem for many Americans, even though it’s adored by Spaniards year round. If you’re seeking a captivating destination that seamlessly blends history, culture, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, you’re in for a treat. This curated 3-day itinerary ensures that you make the most of your time in Alicante, immersing yourself in its wonders and creating unforgettable memories along the way. From exploring ancient fortresses that stand as testaments to bygone eras to savoring mouthwatering cuisine that showcases the region’s culinary prowess, and from basking in the warm embrace of golden sands to experiencing the thrill of the city’s lively nightlife, get ready for an adventure that will leave you utterly spellbound. Together, let’s embark on this incredible journey and uncover the hidden gems that Alicante has to offer.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Alicante is during the spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) seasons. During these months, the weather is pleasant, with mild temperatures and less humidity compared to the hot summer months. Spring offers blooming flowers and vibrant landscapes, while fall brings a beautiful display of colors. Visiting during these shoulder seasons allows you to avoid the peak tourist crowds and enjoy a more relaxed experience. However, it’s important to note that Alicante has a Mediterranean climate, and averages 300 days of sunshine each year, so even in winter, the temperatures remain mild, making it a year-round destination for those seeking a coastal getaway.

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Getting There

Alicante offers convenient transportation options for travelers to reach this enchanting city. Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) is the primary air travel gateway, located just 9 kilometers southwest of the city center. The airport operates numerous domestic and international flights, making it easily accessible to visitors worldwide.

If you prefer train travel, Alicante Train Station (Estación de Alicante-Terminal) is a major hub with regular connections to other Spanish cities, including Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona. Conveniently located in the city center, the train station provides easy access to attractions and accommodations.

Renting a car is recommended to explore the region at your own pace. Alicante boasts well-maintained road networks, allowing you to venture beyond the city and discover hidden gems. Several car rental companies operate at the airport, providing a range of vehicles to suit your needs.

It’s important to note that Uber does not operate in this region. However, reliable taxi services are available throughout the city, including at the airport and train station. Taxis offer a convenient way to get around, and the drivers are usually friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

Whether you choose to arrive by air, or train, or opt for a road trip with a rental car, Alicante’s transportation options ensure a seamless journey, allowing you to begin your adventure in this captivating destination.

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Where to Stay

Hospes Amérigo

Experience luxury and elegance at its finest in the heart of Alicante’s Old Town. Hospes Amérigo, a boutique hotel located in a beautifully restored 16th-century Dominican convent, offers modern comforts, exquisite design, and breathtaking views from its rooftop pool and terrace. Enjoy the hotel’s serene ambiance and its spa and wellness facilities.

Meliá Alicante

This contemporary hotel sits right on Postiguet Beach, making the Meliá Alicanted hotel it an ideal choice for beach lovers. With spacious rooms offering sea views, a rooftop pool, a fitness center, and multiple dining options, Meliá Alicante provides a prime location for relaxation. Explore the nearby marina and city center with ease.

SHA Wellness Clinic

If you seek a wellness retreat and rejuvenating experience, SHA Wellness Clinic in L’Albir, just outside Alicante, is perfect. This renowned health and wellness clinic offers luxurious accommodations, cutting-edge medical treatments, holistic therapies, and healthy cuisine, allowing you to restore balance and nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Masía la Mota

For a charming rural getaway, Masía la Mota offers a picturesque escape near Alcoy. This traditional Spanish farmhouse provides comfortable rooms with rustic decor and stunning mountain views. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings, take a dip in the outdoor pool, and savor traditional regional cuisine.

Whether you prefer historical charm, beachfront luxury, a wellness sanctuary, an eco-friendly retreat, or a rustic countryside experience, these accommodations provide exceptional comfort and service for a memorable stay in Alicante.

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Day 1: Exploring the Historic Heart of Alicante


Start your day with a light brunch or coffee at Sip & Wonder Coffee, a bright and spacious café. It’s an excellent spot to enjoy one of their specialty espresso drinks before visiting the bustling Mercado Central. There, you can sample local delicacies and indulge in a tapas feast. For brunch, head to the José Fuster stand inside Mercado Central. It’s known for its high-quality bay fish, favored by Alicante locals and prestigious chefs. Afterward, make your way to the iconic Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante’s Casco Historico (Historic Quarter). Take a leisurely stroll or use the elevator to reach the summit of Mount Benacantil, where the castle offers majestic panoramic views of the city, coastline, and mountains.


Immerse yourself in history at the magnificent San Nicolas Cathedral, a Gothic-style structure. Explore the nearby Old Town, getting lost in its narrow streets, stumbling upon quaint squares, and browsing local shops offering handicrafts and souvenirs. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the area’s charming cafés or seafood restaurants, such as La Taberna del Gourmet or Pipirrana Vermut, where you can sample regional tapas and traditional Alicante cuisine.

Visit the vibrant Explanada de España, a beautiful promenade lined with palm trees and mosaic patterns. Don’t miss Concha de la Explanada, a small municipal auditorium that hosts outdoor concerts on summer afternoons. Take a break at Peret, Alicante’s 100-year-old ice cream kiosk, and enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront, savoring the refreshing sea breeze.


Experience the lively nightlife of Alicante as the sun sets. Start with dinner at Nou Manolín, a renowned and awarded restaurant since 1971, known for its seasonal produce. After dinner, sip on a refreshing cocktail at 26 Cocktail Room or try a glass of local wine at Bar Manero, soaking up the vibrant ambiance.

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Day 2: Sun, Sea, and Sand


Begin your day with a light brunch or coffee at Madness Specialty Coffee before heading to Playa del Postiguet, Alicante’s most popular urban beach. Relax on the golden sands, soak up the Mediterranean sunshine, and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. For the adventurous, try water sports like paddleboarding or kayaking.


Indulge in a delightful beachside lunch at one of the charming beachfront restaurants, savoring fresh seafood dishes while enjoying breathtaking views of the sea. Afterward, venture to the beautiful Playa de San Juan, known for its long stretch of golden sand and serene atmosphere. Unwind, take a leisurely walk along the shore, or enjoy the tranquility of this picturesque beach.

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Return to the city center and explore the vibrant Alicante marina. Stroll along the promenade, lined with yachts and sailboats, and witness picturesque sunset views with a drink in hand at Soho Mar. Treat yourself to a delectable dinner at Monastrell, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its refined cuisine. María José San Román, the chef, offers avant-garde dishes that can be enjoyed in the dining room or at the bar for those on a budget.

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Day 3: Cultural Delights and Modern Marvels


Start your day at Lucero’s Coffee, a remarkable coffee shop with a cozy atmosphere. Enjoy a delightful breakfast while savoring the ambiance. Then, immerse yourself in the tranquility of Parque el Palmeral, an idyllic oasis near the bustling city center. This UNESCO World Heritage Site showcases beautiful cascading waterfalls, lush gardens, and picturesque bridges that highlight the region’s rich history and cultural heritage influenced by Arab agricultural practices.


Experience the contemporary side of Alicante. Visit the impressive Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA) to admire diverse contemporary artworks. Explore the MARQ Archaeological Museum, where interactive exhibits and archaeological treasures unveil the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the region. Enjoy lunch at Sale & Pepe Barrio, paying homage to Alicante’s strong Italian community.

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Leave room for dessert at Heladeria Borgonesse and take a stroll along La Calle de Las Settas (Mushroom Street). This pedestrian street, nicknamed for its cobblestones and mushroom installations, has become an iconic attraction in Alicante.


Conclude your Alicante adventure at Taberna Alioli, a wonderful spot for an early evening glass of regional wines, sausages, and cheeses. End your trip with a delightful dinner at Terraza Bar Ereta, a rooftop restaurant within the Castle of Santa Barbara. Savor delicious cuisine while enjoying panoramic views of the city, including the old town, harbor, and coastline.

With this carefully curated three-day itinerary, you’ll experience the best of Alicante, immersing yourself in its history, culture, natural beauty, and lively atmosphere. Book your Alicante adventure with Fora Travel and let us ensure every moment of your trip is filled with enchantment and wonder.

Hi, I’m Valerie!

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