Alicante: what to see, visit the seaside town of Spain
What to see Alicante, attractions and places to visit in this seaside town of Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea and home to a major port.
Alicante is located in the center of a large bay on the Costa Blanca, dominated by Mount Benacantil on which stands the medieval fortress that is the Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Alicante, a popular seaside resort, is an important maritime outlet for Madrid and the center of the nation.
The ancient Roman city Lucentum, developed on an Iberian settlement located on the hill where today is the archaeological site Lucentum Archaeological Museum also known as El Tossal de Manises in the district Albufereta, was an Arab stronghold and was long disputed between Castile and Aragon which was incorporated in 1296. In the period of the War of the Spanish Succession was occupied by Archduke Charles of Habsburg.
Places to visit Alicante
– Castle of Santa Barbara, is strategically located on Mount Benacantil. The name originates from the Santa Barbara saint of the day when it was conquered by Alfonso of Castile. During the reign of Philip II, the castle was restored. In 1963 it was opened to the public and equipped for the occasion of the two elevators that run inside the mountain. The building can be divided into three parts, namely the Torreta, where Torre Male, the top where there are state rooms, including the living room of Philip II and the court of arms, and the lower part where is located on Revellín of Bon Repos.
– St. Nicholas Cathedral, in Renaissance style and dating from the seventeenth century, has a nave with several chapels inside, of which the most important is the Chapel of the Communion, with a beautiful baroque front. L ‘altar of St. Nicholas of Bari, the saint to whom the church is dedicated, is in Baroque style, located in the apse. Noteworthy is the cloister of the seventeenth century, with a characteristic railing. L ‘altar has the beautiful marble steps.
– St. Mary’s Church, the oldest in the city, was built on an ‘old mosque, in the thirteenth century, and rebuilt in the Gothic style with Baroque façade, following a fire suffered in the fifteenth century.
– Alicante Town Hall has a beautiful baroque facade with balconies. This building is built of stone yellow ocher, dates from 1700 and has two towers. Inside are to visit two living rooms with walls of blue silk and a beautiful chapel with rococo decoration based Azulejos, typical glazed ceramic tiles.
What to do in Alicante
With the boat, set sail from the port of Alicante, you can reach the beautiful island of Tabarca in about 45 minutes time. You can enjoy pleasant walks along the promenade, the Paseo de la Explanada, bordered by palm trees and beautiful beaches, or you can visit the Palm Grove of Elche, one of the largest in Europe, containing over 200,000 specimens of palms.