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Santa Barbara Castle

A visit to the Santa Bárbara Castle is highly recommended. Located atop Mount Benacantil, at a height of 166 metres, it is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, with unbeatable views over the Bay of Alicante and on clear days you can see all the way to Tabarca Island. Such is its importance that during the 20th century it was declared a Monument of Historic and Artistic Importance and a Site of Cultural Interest. Here we can also find one of the most characteristic images of the city, a rock formation resembling a man’s profile on the south western slope, known as the Moor’s Face, which is best viewed from Postiguet Beach. The Museum of the city in Santa Barbara´s Castle “MUSA”, housed in the Castle itself, was included to this cultural offer and it explains in five theme rooms the history of the city of Alicante and their inhabitants. To descend down from the Santa Bárbara Castle take the route through Parque de La Ereta, along the mountainside. Its location and views transform it into a place of relaxation as well as a great meeting place. It also has a spectacular restaurant and, on the way down to the old town quarter, you can visit the picturesque, quintessentially Spanish Santa Cruz district. Another attractive option between the castle and the Santa Cruz district is walking along the remains of the walls that surrounded the Castle, which now end in the Santa Cruz district. Visitors can also access the castle via a lift built within the rockface opposite El Postiguet beach.
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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 during the summer months. In low seasons confirm timetables beforehand. 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, on the island, you will find nice little bays to swim in as well as a beach offering different facilities. If you decide to stay overnight on the island, there are also little hotels peppered along it.
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Explanada de España

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy these areas at any time of the year, thanks to the pleasant climate. Throughout the year there are workshops, entertainment, children’s theatre, puppet shows, etc. predominantly aimed at children and families. EXPLANADA DE ESPAÑA is one of the city’s emblems. It runs parallel to one of the port wharfs and is lined on both sides with rows of palm trees. The floor is decorated with 6,600,000 tricolour marble tiles forming a design with a characteristic wave effect mosaic. Other parks and gardens worth visiting are: La Ereta park: located on the slopes of Mount Benacantil at the foot of the Santa Bárbara Castle, opposite El Postiguet beach. From here you can enjoy unbeatable views of the city and follow an interesting route from the summit down to the city’s old quarter. El Palmeral park: is one of the most spectacular parks in the city, formed by a wooded area containing palm trees, ponds, lakes and artificial streams. It contains sports facilities and a cross-country cycling track, as well as a pavilion where a regular programme of events is scheduled including activities, children's theatre, puppet shows, etc., Canalejas: It is one of the most traditional open spaces in Alicante. It has spectacular lush vegetation including several hundred-year old rubber plants measuring 20 metres high. Gabriel Miró Square: This square honours the Alicante writer of the same name. Just a few metres from the Explanada and the seafront promenade, it has a monument in the form of a fountain and centenary trees with luxuriant foliage, creating a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.
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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 (Concerts, exhibitions…).
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Central Market

This building contains some modernist features and was built between 1911 and 1912 under the management of Juan Vidal Ramos over Balmes Square, over which there was still a part of the 18th century wall. With its rectangular shape, the Market mimics the layout of a basilica, with a circular appendix on the South-west side covered by a semispherical dome called La Rotonda (the roundabout). The building is split into two floors, one of which is a semi-basement due to the irregular surrounding streets. The front of the building was designed by Enrique Sánchez Sedeño and is presided by an impressive staircase surrounded by two emerging figures with decorative features. On 25th May 1938, the Mercado Central was hit during the worst bombing suffered by the city of Alicante during the Spanish Civil War, which resulted in 300 civilian victims. The Italian air force was responsible for that tragedy. All kinds of high-quality products can be bought at the Market, especially local fish and seafood, vegetables and fruit, as well as other typical local products. That is why the city’s top restaurants source their food from the Mercado Central. Did you know that...? The Mercado Central was the headquarters for Alicante‘s Fire Station for years. Telf.: 965140841
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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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For those who want to have a general idea of Alicante, or for those with less time, Alicante offers a special service—the TuriBus—a bus through the city with 9 interesting stops for holidaymakers. The sights and sites are explained in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian. It is also enabled with an access platform for the disabled. During the summer season (June 1 to August 31) the service will operate from Monday to Sunday, between 10.00 h and 20.00 h. Between. During the winter season (September 1 and May 31), the service is in operation from Monday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 18.00. Turibús stops: 1.Plaza Puerta del Mar 2.MARQ. Archaeological Museum of Alicante 3.Castle of Santa Barbara 4.Central Market 5.Plaza de los Luceros 6.Avda. Federico Soto. El Corte Ingles 7.Avda. Maisonnave. El Corte Ingles 8.Avda. Oscar Esplá / Bus Station 9.Avda. Conde Vallellano 10.Cruise Passenger Terminal  Prices: Adults: 10 euros Children: 5 euros (From 4 to 12 years) Retirees: 7 euros Frequency: every 60 minutes
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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 the history of Alicante.
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