Alicante in Spain is a perfect get-away.
In the Spring I travelled to Alicante with my boyfriend, where we spent 5 days in the lovely city – and I want to tell you all about it. If you want an overview of the city and don’t want to read every little detail you can simply scroll down in the post. First off is accomodations and hotels, then wining and dining and last but not least – sights (and of course a little shopping tips in the end).
FLYING WITH Vueling and STAYING at NH Hotel
We flew with Vueling, who had a direct connection from Copenhagen – Alicante. Vueling offered good service (and didn’t make us pay extra for our luggage that was a bit overweight) so we were very satisfied with the airline. We stayed 3 nights at a hotel named NH Hotel. It was a business hotel, and wasn’t located near the center of Alicante, but it was easy to take a bus back and forth. The hotel had nice food (breakfeast and roomservice) and had a terrase and pool on top on the rooftop, and on top of that – a jacuzzi and sauna which was also included in the price.
“THE AMAZING” Hotel Meliá
The last two days we stayed at Hotel Meliá – which was an absolute dream.
The rooms were classy and modern, the view was to die for and the breakfeast buffet was overwhelming. The buffet offered everything: juice, coffee, cava, several sorts of bread, pancakes, eggs, fruit, cereal, ham, cheese, yoghurt and everything in between. It was amazing and hard to choose, because we wanted a taste of it all. This is a little preview of what we got, but the brunch buffet was the biggest ever. A shame I didn’t take more pictures of it.
Here’s a little peak into our hotel room with the most amazing view!
With an amazing view of the harbour and Alicante at night.
Wining and Dining:
I love Spain. I love the food, the language, the weather, the atmosphere – oh and did I mention, that I LOVE the food? Especially tapas! If you do too, here’s a little overview of where you HAVE to eat.
“MID DAY” TAPAS at Mixtura
“BEST TAPAS IN ALICANTE” at Monastrell (recommended by the Michelin Guide)
These picture do not justify the food at all. I only had my iPhone with me and the lighting was dark in the restaurant, but the food was simply amazing. I cannot stress it enough. If you are in Alicante, Monastrell is worth a visit!
TAPAS at El Portal (recommended by the Michelin Guide)
Located at Plaza de Elche, where you can also enjoy some good coffee.
El Portal serve very delicious croquetas and cocktails. The menu is wide and you can try a lot of interesting food.
DESSERT at Borgonesse
If you love pancakes like me – I have some good news for you. Alicante has a few pancake shops around the city, and they taste good. You can also get icecream or pancakes with icecream. For me this place was a little bit like heaven, and one of the things I liked most about the place, was that I could get my pancake to go WITHOUT getting my hands all sticky.
Pancake to go. Love it!
COFFEE at Plaza de Elche
Me – the happy coffee girl.
COCKTAILS at Concierto
In Spain, or at least in Alicante, it is very common that “eldery” and young people go to the same club. We got recommended “Concierto” by one of the bartenders at Monastrell, and when we got there we got to explore the older crowd. Some men and women were old enough to be my grandparents and it was fun to see the mixture in ages. Everybody had fun, the music was pumpin’ and the cocktails were made with love.
THE BEAUTIFUL Parque el Palmeral
To be honest, there are not a lot of sights in Alicante, but the ones they have, are certainly pretty. My favorite spot was vising the park called “Parque el Palmeral”. There were waterfalls, small rivers, turtles, cats, playgrounds, beautiful flowers (and an even more beautiful view), boats, trees and a little ropeway.
Paseo Explanada de España
The harbour is also a sight in Alicante. It is surrounded by palmtrees and is located right next to the Paseo Explanada de España.
There are some local painters and other small venders too. Around this area you will find a lot of restaurants, but I wouldn’t recommend them, since they can be a bit of a “tourist trap”. You will find much better (and cheaper) food if you explore the small streets on your own.
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Almost wherever you are in the city, you will be able to see the beautiful castle. It’s a must to go up there, because the view is breathtaking. There are a lot of cultural stuff to see, old findings, old statues and much more (if that interests you), but the view is a must see.
If you’ve been to Spain you might have visited El Corte Ingles, which is a big mall with shops in every category (electronics, beauty, food, clothes, shoes, lingeri, furniture and much more). If you are more into shopping high street, you will find a big Zara (and Zara Home) at Av de Dénia. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon an Italian brand, that we didn’t know, called El Ganso, on the same street. El Ganso sell shirts, polos, trenchcoats, ties and much more. We both bought some shirts for work, and my boyfriend got some pants and a coat too. The brand reminds me of (Polo) Ralph Lauren. If you like that style, you will definitely find something (doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl).
Alicante is a nice city and a wonderful travel destination. It’s local, small and has a lot of great restaurants. We enjoyed ourselves the 5 days we were there, and if you are looking for a little (romantic) get-away, Alicante would be a great option.