Living in Alicante city

What to see and do in Alicante city?

Where is Alicante?

The city of Alicante is the capital of the eponymous province located south of the Valencian Community, on the east coast of Spain. It covers more than 200 km2 of surface area and has a population close to 340,000 inhabitants, making it the second most populous locality in the region.

It is located on the Costa Blanca, next to the sea and in a strategic location as it has El Altet Airport just 15 minutes away and is perfectly connected by highway with cities such as Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, or Murcia.

It borders to the south with Elche, the third most important city in the Community in terms of population, and internationally known for the Palmeral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a unique landscape formed by the more than 200,000 palm trees that inundate the city.


Why live in Alicante?

Why live in Alicante?

A lively city all year round

Being the capital of the province, Alicante is in full swing every month of the year. Here you will find a wide range of leisure, culture, gastronomy, tourism, water sports, shopping centers and all kinds of services available in a medium-sized city, and much more affordable than other Spanish coastal cities such as Barcelona.

Golf in Alicante

If you are a golf lover, in Alicante you have clubs such as the Bonalba Golf Club, located in Mutxamel, next to the town; Alicante Golf, in the district of Playa de San Juan, El Plantío, on the way to Elche or the Font del Llop Golf Course and Alenda Golf, both in Monforte, a few kilometers away.

University, scientific, technological and business center

University, scientific, technological and business center

Alicante is home to the Digital District, which brings together some of the most cutting-edge technology companies and has a Science Park closely linked to its University, ranked among the 15 most important in Spain and the 600 most important in the world. It is a hub of talent where companies find the perfect combination of business opportunities and an enviable climate by the sea.

Capital and beach

Alicante has several urban beaches in the heart of the city, such as Playa del Postiguet, and some of the best beaches in the province, such as Playa de San Juan. It also has an extensive network of health and educational services with five hospitals and dozens of health centers and specialty clinics and public and private schools of high quality teaching as the British or French bilingual centers.

To live in Alicante is to enjoy the quality of life of the Mediterranean in a bustling capital city, with a wide range of leisure activities, services and business opportunities in a privileged environment next to the sea and with a mild and sunny climate all year round.

What to see in Alicante?

Beaches of Alicante

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In Alicante capital you can enjoy the 8 beaches that are in the city. Next to the old town, in the center is located the famous Playa del Postiguet, an urban beach of golden sand with 50 meters wide and almost a kilometer long.

In one of its coastal neighborhoods you will find San Juan Beach, which is 85 meters wide and 3 kilometers long and is considered one of the largest in the province. Other beaches are the Albufereta or Almadraba, in the northern part of the city or the coves that combine rock and sand of Cabo de la Huerta and Playa de Agua Amarga, the latter being a pet friendly beach.

In one of its districts close to the sea, and somewhat further away from the city, about 5 kilometers, you have the option of visiting the Saladar or Urbanova. It is a semi-urban beach 1.6 kilometers long and 50 meters wide, from where you can enjoy fabulous views of the bay of Alicante.

Beaches of Alicante

Tabarca Island

Undoubtedly one of the most popular excursions for tourists and residents is the visit to the island of Tabarca, an islet that does not exceed 2 kilometers in area and is located just over 20 kilometers, or 11 nautical miles, from the city of Alicante.

It is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Community. Here you can find some tourist accommodations and several restaurants where you can taste the typical "caldero tabarquino", which consists of a fish dish and seafood rice accompanied with aioli.

Another attraction of Tabarca, which is actually an archipelago formed by several islets, is its marine reserve, whose beauty can be contemplated by snorkeling or diving through its crystal clear waters.

Tabarca Island

Port of Alicante

The Port of Alicante is both a port enclave and a leisure area. It is located next to the Postiguet Beach, the old town and the well-known promenade known as the Explanada.

It is internationally known for the round-the-world sailing tournament held in the city: the Volvo Ocean Race, which even has a museum with the same name where you can learn about the race.

In addition to its marina where you can see all kinds of boats, you can enjoy the rich cuisine of Alicante, starring rice and products of the sea and the garden, in some of its restaurants or have fun at events and concerts that take place in its outdoor entertainment area by the sea.

Port of Alicante

Santa Barbara Castle

One of the most recognizable icons of the city of Alicante is undoubtedly its Castle, located on Mount Benacantil about 170 meters above sea level.

From the Castle of Santa Barbara you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city, the Port of Alicante and the sea and you can visit its parade ground, its esplanade or the distinguished Philip II Hall.

In addition, in this medieval fortress activities are carried out throughout the year so that, in addition to visiting it, you will live it thanks to its many exhibitions, shows and all kinds of cultural and gastronomic events.

Santa Barbara Castle

How to get to Alicante?


By road

Alicante is connected to the entire Mediterranean corridor by the A-7 highway and directly to Madrid, in the center of Spain, by the A-3. It is also connected to the cities on the coast by the N-332 as well as by several regional roads.


By plane

The airport of El Altet, Alicante-Elche-Miguel Hernández, is located only 8 kilometers from the city center. It is an international airport with flights to major Spanish cities and other European destinations.


By sea

The Port of Alicante, located in the very center of the city, is a night's crossing away from ports such as Barcelona, Malaga or the Balearic Islands and, in fact, it is a frequent destination for cruise ships. It has about 1400 moorings between its three marinas: Marina Alicante, Real Club de Regatas de Alicante and Club Náutico Costa Blanca, which also have a wide range of nautical activities.


By train

The Alicante train station connects the city with Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Thanks to the high-speed train, the Spanish capital is just under two and a half hours away. It also has suburban lines with which to reach the surrounding cities.


By bus

From its bus station there are daily trips to the main Spanish cities as well as regular lines to all the surrounding towns.


By streetcar

With the Alicante Metropolitan TRAM you can access the city from any city on the coast in the northern part up to Denia. In turn, the TRAM also connects the capital with San Vicente del Raspeig, bordering town where the University is located.

Official websites with more information about Alicante city:

Alicante Tourism

Alicante City Council

Real Estate in Alicante

Real Estate in Alicante

The real estate offices of Esphouses closest to Alicante city are located in its real estate agency in Guardamar del Segura, at number 25, Avenida de Cervantes.

Properties for sale in Alicante

In Esphouses we have dozens of properties for sale in the different areas, beaches and urbanizations of Alicante. We have for sale apartments and apartments; houses, chalets and villas; bungalows and townhouses; land and plots: etc.

You can buy an apartment or apartment in Alicante, in any of the areas: Florida Baja, Villafranqueza... We have for sale your new house, villa or chalet in Alicante, in any of the beaches (Alicante Playa), including in the first line of: San Juan Beach, La Almadraba Beach, La Albufereta Beach, Postiguet Beach, Agua Amarga Beach, or Saladar Beach - Urbanova.

Also, we can sell your townhouse or bungalow in Alicante, in any of the urbanizations of Alicante.

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