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Santa Barbara Castle

A visit to the Santa Bárbara Castle is highly recommended. Perched on top of M­ount Benacantil, at a height of 166 metres, stands one of Spain’s largest mediaeval fortresses, providing great views of Alicante’s perfect bay. Visitors can access the castle via a lift.You can also reach the castle on foot or by car. Curiously, when viewed from El Postiguet beach, Mount Benacantil looks like a human face in profile which is known as“The Moor’s Face” and is one of the city’s most emblematic images.
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Tabarca Island

A visit to Tabarca island is an absolute must for visitors. Boats from the company Kontiki depart from the marina in Alicante several times a day. The journey takes around one hour from Alicante. The route will give you the opportunity to enjoy the coastline. Try one of the traditional fish stews on the terrace of one of the restaurants. Also, you will find nice little bays to swim. If you decide to stay overnight on the island, there are also little hotels peppered along it.
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The city of Alicante: Mediterranean and unique

3 minute inspirational video to be able to see what the city of Alicante has to offer: from wonderful beaches to modern museums, world famous gastronomy and plenty of good shopping options. Whether with your family, with kids or on a business trip, you will certainly be enchanted by the charm of the city and the people of Alicante.

MACA Museum

Contemporary Art Museum “MACA”, housed in the city’s oldest surviving civil building. In the baroque style, it dates back to 1685 and is located next to the Santa María basilica. The museum has recently been re-opened after a year of a extension work in order to improve and enlarge its facilities in 4.700 m2, with the aim to house an important collection of 20th century art mostly comprised of works donated by Eusebio Sempere. Many different types of events also take place in this Museum
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The Hogueras de San Juan Festival

This is the city’s most important celebration, officially declared as of International Tourist Interest. Its origin lies in the tradition of burning useless objects with the arrival of the summer solstice. fiestasThroughout the city, over 200 large satirical papier mache statues are set up. These will go up in smoke on the 24th June during the spectacular “Night of Burning” or “Noche de la Crema“, alongside the popular “Banya” or “soaking” as firefighters put out the blazes.

Old Town Quarter

Back in the old town quarter, we recommend a route that includes a visit to the San Nicholas Co-cathedral dating from the 17th-century. The cloisters, however, are from the 15th-century (Herrerian Renaissance style). The Town Hall building is an 18th-century Baroque building. The Santa María Basilica, a gothic structure based on the mosque from the ancient town, dates from the 14th- and 16th-centuries and was completed with Baroque and Rococo finishes in the 18th-century.
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Beaches

Alicante has a wide variety of beaches, from fine sand to rocky. Most of them are proud to hold the Blue Flag award. El Postiguet is the Alicante beach par excellence! Located in the very heart of the city. It’s a long sandy beach and is close to all types of services. The San Juan beach is the most famous beach, not only because it is the longest, but also because of the quality and cleanliness of its waters. Enjoy the sun and the sea, relaxing in the warm sand of one of Alicante beaches.
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MARQ Museum

Created in 1932, this museum was originally located on the ground floor of the Provincial Council building on Avenida de la Estación avenue in Alicante. In 2002 it was transferred to the former site of the San Juan de Dios provincial hospital. Visitors to this highly innovative and visual museum can enjoy an avant-garde approach to archaeology supported by modern audiovisual techniques. Its exhibits stretch from the Palaeolithic through to Contemporary Modern Culture, tracing our history.
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