The ABC of the Costa Blanca
Millions of German, Swedish, Norwegian, British and Irish tourists visit Alicante every year and some like it so much that they’ve never left and continue to live here permanently.
The reason? My guess is that it’s a combination of great weather, good food and friendly people. If you’ve never been to Alicante, I’d like to introduce you to a few of my favourite places today…
‘A’ is for Alicante Port
The port is located around ten minutes from the city centre. It’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the views while you drink a coffee, or enjoy seafood in the restaurants that offer a big variety of fresh fish every day. At night, you can check out the casino or head to one of the many bars and clubs.
‘B’ is for the Bright Lights of Benidorm
Benidorm has become one of Europe’s favourite destinations for birthdays, hen parties and weekends away. With more than 130 hotels. clubs, pubs, casinos, restaurants, beaches and colourful lights flashing 24 hours a day, it’s easy to see why some people call Benidorm ‘Mini Vegas’. Everything and anything can happen here There are no limits.
For the more adventurous among you, here are three ways to make the most of a day in in Benidorm:
Terra Mitica Amusement Park
Terra Mitica prides itself on being the only theme park in the world to offer a cultural environment where visitors can learn through fun about ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome and Greece. There are reproductions to scale of buildings and sculptures emblematic of each of these places. The attractions are surrounded leafy plants that reflect the native plant species of each of these areas.
Terra Mitica is an excellent outdoor classroom for children – they can enjoy discovering and getting to know the cultures of the Mediterranean and the mysteries they contain.
Mundomar Animal Park
At Mundomar Animal Park, there are daily shows and displays where visitors have the chance to see dolphins, sea-lions and meerkats. It’s a unique experience and a great place to learn about these amazing creatures.
Aqualandia Water Park
Aqualandia water park is located in Benidorm and has more than 20 attractions aimed at all ages. Its most popular attractions include the “Big Bang”, the highest slide in Europe, the “Splash”, the “Soft Tennis” and the “Black Hole”. It also has a wave pool and two jacuzzis where visitors can relax. In addition, there are several picnic areas as well as fast food restaurants and small parks.
‘C’ is for Clothes Shopping and Cheap Eats
If you’re staying in the city centre, you’ll find everything you need within walking distance. For bargain hunters, there are heaps of shopping centres including Plaza Mar 2, Gran Via and Puerta de Alicante, all are easily reached by bus. Right in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find El Corte Ingles, a large department store which also has branches in major cities such as Alicante Madrid Barcelona. Within the stores, you will find designer clothes, fashion for men, women and children, shoes, bags, cosmetics, beauty products, furniture, a supermarket which has a selection of gourmet and regional food as well as more basic items, and even a travel agency.
Many department stores also have a restaurant so you can enjoy a fine three course meal or a snack while shopping. When it comes to fashion, you’ll find everything from designer and cutting edge to high street names. Most, if not all shops open from 9:30 am until 22:00 pm. uninterruptedly, – they don’t close for a “siesta” as many people think.
One of the best things about Alicante is the food. From paella, to Spanish omelette, cured ham, brave potatoes and sangria , to sweet churros with chocolate, you can try just about every famous Spanish dish in Alicante all for a reasonable price.
The Plaza de los Luceros right in the centre of the city is the perfect destination for breakfast. There are kiosks and bakeries where you can pick up freshly baked breads, coffee, natural juices squeezed from our famous Valencian oranges and of course our amazing churros with chocolate.
The best places to eat are located in the famous Explanada, and in the port. Both are easily reached by foot from the centre. Calle Castanos is another popular street that’s filled with snack bars and restaurants during the day and transforms into a busy nightlife hub at night.
Silvia is a junior member of cabin crew at Ryanair’s Birmingham base