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Alicante (province)

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Alicante is a province in the Valencian Community, Spain, hosting the city of the same name. Alicante is probably best known for its Costa Blanca, 200 Km of beautiful beaches along mediterranean towns and resorts.


  • Alicante, main city and most common entry point from abroad. Castle of Santa Barbara and Postiguet beach are its reasons for visiting.
  • Benidorm, popular coastal resort destination, full of skycrawlers, leisure activities and pubs.
  • Calpe, coastal town distinguished for its massive rock emerging from the sea and linked to the shore.
  • Denia, first town at the Costa Blanca, with a castle overseeing its harbor, where ferries to the Balearic Islands depart.
  • Elche, second biggest city and place of the Palm Grove, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Javea - Often referred to as the Pearl Of The Costa Blanca with its sandy beaches, active fiesta calendar and amazing scenery.
  • Orihuela, historical city, out from the beach.
  • Torrevieja, coastal city, with large number of expatriats, and popular between young people for its clubs.

Other regions[edit]

  • Algar Waterfalls, located just 15 Km away from Benidorm. If the weather is good you can swim in the pools of water.
  • Costa Blanca, the well-known coast of Alicante, with sand beaches and picturesque towns.
  • Guadalest, a picturesque little town in the mountains, around 20 Km from Benidorm.
  • Tabarca, the smallest inhabitated islet of Spain. A mandatory trip for people visiting the Costa Blanca.


Alicante province is the fourth most populated one in Spain (after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) and it has the largest ratio of foreigner population among all spanish provinces. Plenty of them have settled themselves along the Costa Blanca and in corcondance bussiness and shops opened by and for them have arisen.

Even if the beaches attract the main portion of tourism Alicante is also a mountainous province, with some stunning views as the Algar Waterfalls or the Guadalest Valley.

Get in[edit]

For specific information check Alicante (city), as well as the pages of the other places of interest.

Alicante can be reached by plane from several places in Europe, as well as by train from Spain. There are also ferry services from the Balearic Islands to Alicante and Denia, as well as ferries from Algeria to Alicante.

Murcia is close connected to Alicante by train and road. Murcia's San Javier Airport is a short trip from the south part of Alicante, and some airlines offer it as "Alicante South" airport.

Get around[edit]

A tram service runs along the coast from Alicante north to Denia, passing throught Villajoyosa, Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and ending in Denia. A single ticket from Alicante to Benidorm (4 zones) costs 4.85€, with special offers for 10 trips or big groups available. [1]

There is a short distance train network connecting Alicante, Elche and Orihuela, as well as continuing to Murcia. Also Costa Azul [2] runs buses between several destinations along the province and outside of it.

To find not-so-crowed beaches it would be necessary a private car. The main towns tend to be quite noisy in summer and finding a spot in the beach can be challenging.

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