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Alicante, Spain is a trendy coastal city. It has been a popular Mediterranean destination for many years, it has something for everyone. There are many activities in Alicante that would appeal to even the seasoned traveler. The historical quarter of this beautiful Spanish community is steeped in religious and civil architecture, for example, the Santa Barbara Castle or the Santa Maria Basilica. The Santa Barbara Castle dates back to the 9th century during the Renaissance period. It is strategically located high upon the Monte Benacantil hill overlooking the town of Alicante. The Santa Maria Basilica is the oldest church in town, dated during the Gothic period around the 13th century. This church was built on the same ground where a Moors mosque, had been located. The front of the Santa Maria is an image of the Virgin, created by the famous sculptor Juan Bautista Borja.