In the Valencia region of Spain, you will find the Mediterranean city of Alicante. The city of Alicante is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name. Alicante is a popular tourist destination due to its many beaches. The beaches stretch on for many miles, making up what is commonly referred to as the Costa Blanca, or White Coast, of Spain. If you are ready to be sipping Sangria and hitting the beaches in Alicante, the first thing you need to do is plan a vacation for your Alicante travel.
Alicante has it's own airport that you can fly into, which used to be called El Altet but is now simply Alicante Airport. While there are currently no direct flights from the United States to Alicante Airport, you can connect from any major airport in Europe including London, Madrid and Paris airports. You may find it cheaper to book a flight from the U.S. to one of these cities on a major airline carrier and then fly into Alicante on a budget airline, such as EasyJet or Ryanair, both of which service Alicante Airport. Consult the list of online travel agencies on Vagabond Traveller to get airfare quotes.
Arrange an Alicante car hire if you need to rent a car for your stay in Alicante. The airport is around six miles from downtown Alicante, which means you could use a taxi if you prefer. If you are staying in Alicante, getting around on your own with out a car hire is easy to do. This is especially true if you stay in the Old Town area of Alicante. Public transportation is also available in the form of buses and trams. It is cheap with bus service starting at 6:30 a.m. and going until 11 p.m.
A variety of hotel options are available in Alicante. You can book hotel when you get your plane tickets if you are using one of the online travel agencies. You can also opt for a vacation rental, which are typically inexpensive in Alicante. Vacation rentals can be cheaper than hotels if you are staying for around a week. Keep in mind that you are more likely to need a car though if you're not staying in a hotel.
Deciding what you want to do in Alicante is easy of you limit yourself to the most popular attractions. Alicante Travel Guide is a good place to look for ideas if you need them. The Castle of Santa Barbara is a must-see. It sits high atop a mountain and overlooks the entire city of Alicante. The beaches and Tabarca Island are good options if you want to get a little sun. For exploring, be sure to visit the Old Town section of Alicante. At night, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to visit and you can usually hear live music with the locals in the promenade.