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Short breaks to Alicante

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Alicante is a port city on Spain’s South Eastern Costa Blanca and is mainly associated with the vibrant resort of Benidorm, which is just a 40 minute drive from Alicante Airport.

However, it is a dynamic, attractive city with a castle, old quarter and long waterfront. There are a number of gorgeous city beaches and just out of town there is a seven-kilometre stretch of sand and blue water at Playa San Juan.

Nightlife is great – particularly in the old town. You can basically choose any of the old streets in the Barrio as a starting point and you’ll find a host of restaurants, tapas and cocktail bars to chose from.

Numerous flight options from both Manchester and Liverpool Airports make this a great option for a holiday or short break at any time of the year.

While October is one of the wetter months for Alicante, that is still not very wet, and it rarely rains for long.

The average daytime temperature is 24C in October, but bring a jacket for the evening. Even December can bring daytime temperatures of 18-20C and this is a great time to visit some of the mountain villages of Polop de la Marina, Biar and Altea.

Making your way from the Airport to the City is very easy with Bus C-6 (every 20 minutes) operating between Plaza Puerta del Mar and the airport.

Special ‘resort buses’ also run direct from the airport to resort towns up and down the coast. However, there are numerous car rental offices at the airport.

The Castle of Santa Barbara is Alicante’s main emblem; a glorious golden fortress standing 166 metres above sea level. Once you reach the very top, the breath-taking views of the marina are worth the climb. The Explanada de Espana is a maritime promenade that runs parallel to the port, from Puerta del Mar to Canalejas Park and is one of the most popular places in Alicante. Here you can enjoy a lovely stroll with plenty to do and see such as browsing the market stalls or stopping for a nice meal at one of the restaurants.

Whilst the month of June is exceptionally busy with Alicante’s major festival, Hogueras (when midsummer bonfires are lit), another major sporting event is the Volvo Ocean Race. In October 2017 this will be the fourth time the race will start from Alicante. This brings people from far and wide to see the iconic Volvo Ocean 65 boats first hand and if you are lucky you might even bump into the sailors as they prepare for battle!

A fascinating port city definitely worth visiting.

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