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Located in the southeast region of Costa Blanca, Alicante is a stunning city by the Mediterranean Sea. It’s become a popular tourist destination thanks to its variety of attractions and activities. With glorious weather, a beautiful coastline, incredible nightlife and an abundance of Spanish culture and history, this city has something for everyone.
Travellers looking for an educational holiday will thoroughly enjoy a visit to this city, with museums and a 16th century castle waiting to be explored. Alicante is also a picturesque escape, with the scenic Guadalest Valley nearby and opportunities to kayak to stunning coves and beaches. Expect a bustling atmosphere at night-time in El Barrio, where among the stunning architecture are a variety of bars and clubs to spend your evening in.
With beautiful views, a lively nightlife, and romantic restaurants, Alicante is a great location for a couple's retreat. Meanwhile, the numerous beaches, museums, and historical buildings ensure that families can enjoy a holiday abroad with countless ways to keep children entertained.
There are regular flights from Dublin to Alicante every week, with a flight time of around 2 hours 55 minutes. Once at the airport, the transfer time to the city is only 15 minutes long in a car or 20 if you take the bus.
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El Barrio is the best area for great nightlife with a range of bars and clubs. There are plenty of cocktail bars which serve beautifully presented cocktails too. Don’t forget your phone as they are certainly picture-worthy!
Alicante has a variety of eateries serving typical Mediterranean food. You can choose to dine lavishly at a restaurant, casually indulge at a tapas bar, or stroll along the promenade with food from a street food stall!
There’s plenty to keep the kids happy in Alicante. Whether they’re paddling at the beach or wandering around castles and museums, they’re bound to be entertained.
The beach of San Juan is a great visit. With beautiful golden sand and tall palm trees, it’s the perfect idyllic spot for sunbathing. More adventurous travellers will enjoy their time here too, with the chance to kayak, surf, snorkel and scuba dive!
The best shopping opportunities are in the streets just off the Explanada. Here you’ll find an array of shops as well as El Corte Ingles which is a huge department store selling anything from designer clothes to household goods.
Annually, Alicante celebrates the Bonfires of San Juan. This festival rejoices the arrival of summer with music, fireworks, bonfires, and feasts with delicious local delicacies.
Alicante has a very typical Mediterranean climate, boasting over 320 days of sunshine a year. The hottest summer months are during July and August with temperatures averaging at around 30 degrees. May and October tend to be better months to visit and sight see thanks to the cooler temperatures in the mid 20s.
Alicante uses Euro so there is no need to worry about conversion rates.
Alicante is 1 hour ahead of Ireland so jet lag won’t be a problem.
There are regular flights from Dublin to Alicante every week, with a flight time of around 2 hours 55 minutes. Once at the airport, the transfer time to the city is only 15 minutes long in a car or 20 if you take the bus. Much of the city is easy to explore by foot but if you wish to travel further afield then the buses and trams are great affordable options.