Alicante Holidays – Likeable Mediterranean city with incredible beaches
Alicante is perhaps the most rewarding of destinations on the Costa Blanca. This likeably relaxed city has amazingly spacious beaches with superb quality sand. It also has some of the finest and longest palm-lined promenades in Spain.
Walking is a pleasure. Nicely contrasting sights include an attractive old town, a stylish shopping centre, a sparkling marina, a characterful harbour, a hilltop castle and the colourful flower-decked streets of Barrio de la Santa Cruz. Lively beaches are great for older children and teenagers. You will also find outstanding parks and the best cultural scene in the region.
Less dependence on foreign visitors means the best choice of restaurants and tapas bars on the entire Costa. A genuinely Spanish nightlife scene centres on the narrow streets of the Old Town. Summer visitors will find more tourist-orientated nightlife at Playa San Juan. Take a boat to tiny Tabarca Island and spend a day in amazing Benidorm. Buses and trains make it easy to visit attractive resorts like Altea and Villajoyosa.
When to go to Alicante
Holidays to Alicante are rewarding at any time as the city is not dependent on foreign visitors for atmosphere. Locals are out enjoying beaches and promenades all year round so you never have that low-season feeling. Beaches are at their busiest and nightlife at its liveliest in July and August. June and September are far quieter.
Spring and early autumn have a delightfully relaxed atmosphere, with temperatures better suited to walking and exploring. Alicante holidays in late June will coincide with the amazing bonfire festival. A pleasant city to visit in winter with plenty of warm sunshine and a lot going on.
The weather in Alicante
The Costa Blanca has some of the most reliable beach holiday weather in Spain. Few city beaches can compete with Alicante in terms of sunshine hours. 11 a day in summer and 6 in winter. Spring sees temperatures in the low 20’s and lots of sunshine. Winters are exceptionally mild, with many sunny days as warm as spring.
Summer sees day after day of uninterrupted sunshine and temperatures averaging 30º. Some days can get quite a bit hotter. June and September are a couple of degrees cooler. Humidity is low. Lovely summer evening temperatures of 20º are ideal for pavement cafes and outdoor restaurant terraces.
Getting the best deal to Alicante
As early a search as possible will ensure the widest choice of accommodation in every price bracket. The best-rated hotels and apartments fill quickly in July and August, when most Spaniards take their holidays. Early booking will usually secure the best price. The same applies to flights. The earlier the better with airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair.
June and September can be significantly cheaper than peak summer. You should find cheap package holidays to Alicante in spring and early autumn. Late deals offer low prices but little or no flexibility in departure dates and hotel choice. Keep an eye on our current best deals and sign up to our email newsletter.
Airport and transport need to know
Getting to Alicante could not be much easier. There are year round flights from major airports and summer charter flights from regional UK airports. It should not be difficult to find an affordable flight from an airport near you. Alicante (ALC) is a major Spanish airport with plenty of shops and cafes.
The 20 minute transfer into the city is one of the shortest in Spain. Buses depart every 20 minutes and cost €3. About €20-25 (₤16-20) in a metered taxi. Alicante is the hub for excellent bus services to all the major resorts. The TRAM coast train is a scenic way to visit Villajoyosa and Benidorm.
Alicante is a pleasant city to explore on foot. City taxis are plentiful and cheap by UK standards. A motorway heads north along the Costa Blanca. Do take care if driving on narrow mountain roads. Drive on the right.
The best beaches in Alicante
The Costa Blanca has excellent sandy beaches and small unspoilt coves. The main beaches have sunbeds for hire and well-maintained showers, changing rooms and toilets. Wide seafront promenades are usually free of cars and have plenty of affordable restaurants.
Alicante city beaches are among the most spectacular in the region but are often ignored by UK visitors in the rush north towards Benidorm. A series of spacious sandy beaches are linked by long pedestrian promenades. Ideal for relaxed seafront strolls combined with a morning coffee or an early evening drink. The beach scene here is far more authentically Spanish than UK favourites like Benidorm.
There is a good chance your hotel is near Playa San Juan. This amazing sandy beach is simply immense. A strong contender for best beach on the Costa Blanca. There is a lot going on here in the summer season and plenty of room for everyone. This is also the best beach for seafront bars and restaurants. Enjoyably lively at night too. There are designated areas for beach games and watersports like windsurfing. The sand is lovely and the sea is perfect for relaxed swimming.
Playa Postiguet is one of the best city centre beaches in Spain. Superb soft sand shelves gently into calm water. You will find another classic palm-lined promenade and some great cafes. Postiguet is close to the attractive restaurants and bars of the Old Town. Good access for people with mobility problems.
For a more open stretch of sand jump on the 27 bus and head south to Saladar Beach. Another promenade with shops and restaurants but also sand dunes and areas for naturists. El Saladar is considerably quieter than Postiguet in peak summer. This exceptionally broad beach is over a mile long so you should have few problems finding space! For a complete contrast head for the tiny coves below the Cabo de las Huertas.