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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Alicante

The coastal city of Alicante has got something of interest for everyone, and people of all ages will find something unique to enjoy and explore here, be it the historic Santa Barbara Castle, the thrilling Canelobre Caves or the exciting Tabarca Island.

The city offers an amazing tours to experience its well preserved ruins, castles, museums and other archaeological sites as the city has been civilized for more than 7000 years. Apart from these places, the city also has beautiful promenades, beaches and parks along with the fantastic restaurants offering local cuisine.

Apart from these places, the city also has beautiful promenades, beaches and parks along with the fantastic local cuisine.

Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara)
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Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara)

The Castle of Santa Barbara, located in the centre of Alicante, is one of the biggest mediaeval fortresses of Spain. This important landmark of the city stands on the top of Mount Benacantil from where it offers fabulous views of the city. When the castle is viewed from the El Postiguet beach, one can see a strange projected part in the shape of a human face known as the ‘Moor's Head’.

The Museum of the City of Alicante (MUSA), housed inside the Castle of Santa Barbara, introduces visitors to various Spanish quests through different historical periods. On display are archaeological materials, sculptures and busts of famous Spanish people.

Address: 03002 Alicante, Spain
Tel.: +34 965 92 77 15

St Ferdinand Castle (Castillo de San Fernando)
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St Ferdinand Castle (Castillo de San Fernando)

The St Ferdinand Castle is a counterpart of the Castle of Santa Barbara, which was built on Tossal hill, in the beginning of the 19th century, as a defence against French advances. However, the castle turned out to be of no use. Today, a tourist attraction, the ornate doorway and parts of the castle are still worth a watch.

Address:03005 Alicante, Spain

St Mary's Church (Iglesia de Santa Maria)
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St Mary's Church (Iglesia de Santa Maria)

St Mary's Church also called as Basilica of Santa Maria was built in a gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries. It is one of the major attractions in Alicante. The church has been constructed over the ruins of a former Moorish mosque. The place has a richly decorated Baroque facade, noteworthy among them being an image of the virgin by sculptor Juan Bautista Borja. Also worth appreciating, is the 18th century Rococo main altar and Bautismo, Comunión, Inmaculada and chapels.

Address: Plaza de Santa María, s/n 03002 Alicante, Spain

Co-Cathedral of St Nicholas Bari (Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari)
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Co-Cathedral of St Nicholas Bari (Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari)

The Co-cathedral of Saint Nicolás of Bari (Valencian: Concatedral de San Nicolas) was built throughout much of the 17th century in renaissance and baroque style. It is located in the old town close to the town hall. It has a wonderful blue dome and a beautiful garden surrounding it. Part of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante, the co-cathedral was raised to the title of cathedral by Pope John XXIII in 1959.

Address:Plaza de Abad Penalva, 2, 03002 Alicant, Spain
Tel.: +34 965 21 26 62

Canelobre Caves (Coves del Canelobre)
Canelobre Caves

Canelobre Caves (Coves del Canelobre)

The Canelobre Caves situated in Busot, a tiny town 23 km away from Alicante, are one of the highly recommended tourist attractions. These caves are located at an altitude of approximately 700 m from the sea level, on the northern slant of the ‘Cabezón de Oro’ mountain ridge. The rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites in the caves will definitely leave you fascinated.

Address:Busot, Alicante, Spain
Tel.: +34 96 569 92 50 / +34 679 669 852

Alicante Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
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Alicante Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)

Ayuntamiento is the town hall of Alicante, housed in a baroque building and located right behind the La Explanada Park. The fascinating features of the town hall are the plenary room, a chapel and long twin towers measuring up to 35m. The town hall also houses a statue by the famous Spanish sculptor 'Dali'. Another interesting object to be found here is an instrument that is used to measure the height above sea level in other parts of Spain.

Tabarca Island
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Tabarca Island

The Tabarca Island is located at a distance of 11 nautical miles from Alicante. These waters surrounding the isle have been declared Mediterranean marine nature reserve. The island has the distinction of being the smallest and a permanently inhabited island of Alicante. It is a perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the pristine waters surrounding the island.

Recommended Activities

Alicante Gourmet Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

Alicante City Segway Tour

Duration: 1.5 hours (approx.)

Benidorm Bike Tour

Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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