In October last year, we wanted to catch a last bit of sun before the winter hit us, I planned a really short trip to Alicante from Newcastle. We only had 2 days so I didn’t want to travel to far away from the airport and we knew we wanted a hotel with an indoor spa in case the weather was rubbish. (By the way the weather ended up being amazing at this time of year!) There isn’t a massive amount to do in Alicante but the main purpose for this trip was to relax so that was fine by us. Here is a little bit of what we got up to.
What to Do:
The castle overlooks the whole city and its defiantly worth the hike up to see it, we got a bit lost on the way there and the climb was way harder than it needed to be, we walked along the wall on the way back down and it was way easier.
There is a car park close to the top if you don’t fancy the climb but even then, I still wouldn’t recommend this to anybody who is disabled or has difficulty walking up hill. Once your inside the castle there are a couple of places to buy drinks and snacks etc. and are reasonably priced.
On a clear day the view is breath taking, and there are plenty of spots to practice your photography skills.
It’s free to enter the castle.
I couldn’t get over the size of the Marina in Alicante, it seemed to go on for ever and ever. The walkway along the front is beautiful both day and night.
Although relatively small compared to the never ending beaches in other parts of Spain, the beach is absolutely spotless and just seconds from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Meliá Alicante, Plaza del Puerto, 3, 03001 Alicante, Spain (melia.com), I actually had two free nights saved up on my Hotels.com account so I didn’t pay for the hotel at all. But if I had, I would have still though that it was fantastic value for money. (If you don’t already know, for every 10 nights you book and stay on Hotels.com you earn 1 free night.) The rooms were fantastic, they had lovely new bathrooms with big showers and every single room has a sea view. Breakfast was good and there were two pools. One in the Spa which required an upgrade to spa access when booking, and another small outdoor pool which was free for all guests.
The best places we found to eat:
Tapa-Caña (D’Tablas), Calle Rafael Altamira, 03002 Alicante, Spain (dtablas.es) has a really good atmosphere, it’s a typical Spanish tapas bar, a small glass or beer is €0.80 and each tapas plate is €0.60, there is no menu at all, waiters walk around with trays of food and you just pick off what you want, at the end of the night your bill will be calculated by counting the number of empty plates and glasses.
Heladería Borgonesse, Rambla Méndez Núñez, 7, 03002 Alicante, Spain (borgonesse.com) has the best ice cream in Alicante, Sean went to about 5 different places in 3 days and this was by far the best.
SOHO Mar, Marina, 03001 Alicante, Spain (sohoalicante.com) the service wasn’t amazing but the drinks were good and the view as the sun set over the marina was stunning. They only have outdoor seating so only come here on a nice night.
Getting Around: The airport is about 20 minutes to the city centre in a taxi and will cost you approx. €25-€35. Once you are there, most things are within walking distance.
Visa: UK Passport holders do not currently need a visa to enter Spain.
Vaccinations: At the time of writing (May 2017) there are no vaccinations required.
Currency: The currency in Spain is Euro.
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