Although many people think of the Costa Blanca as a sun-soaked summertime holiday spot, the Holiday Taxis team think the beautiful city of Alicante is the perfect destination for a break all year round. The average high temperatures peak at around 30 degrees during July and August, but even in December and January the temperatures rarely drop below 13 degrees, meaning that the city benefits from a wonderfully mild climate that is ideal for sightseeing away from the blistering heat of summer. While Alicante’s many gorgeous beaches are the ideal spot to sunbathe during the hotter summer months, there is still plenty to see and do when the sun fails to make an appearance.
Year Round Vibrant Nightlife
As Alicante is a thriving city, it enjoys a vibrant year-round nightlife. The area in the Old Town known as El Barrio is a wonderful spot to visit at night where you can experience some traditional bars, taverns and cervecerias with plenty of personality and local colour. This is also a good place to listen to live music, with styles ranging from jazz to salsa and flamenco. For those who are looking for something a little more lively, the area between the Explanada and Alfonso El Sabio has nightclubs, elegant pubs and sophisticated restaurants where you can enjoy world class cuisine.
Discover Alicante’s Heritage And Culture
Alicante has many fascinating attractions which are open all year round. The Santa Barbara castle, with its spectacular location overlooking the city, is open from January to December and offers panoramic views over the marina. Visit the ten exhibition halls and discover the history of the area, and explore the dungeons, the ruins of a church, cannons and a moat. Alternatively, the MARQ Museum of Archaeology brings history to life in a modern and exciting way with exhibits that date back 100,000 years, while the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA) houses an impressive collection of artworks by some of the world’s most famous painters including Dali, Picasso and Miro.
Exploring The City
Whether the skies are grey or the sun is shining, Alicante is a lovely place to simply wander and explore. It is a surprisingly green city with gardens, plazas and parks seemingly on every corner! Alicante’s oldest park, Canalejas Park, boasts 100 year old rubber plants as well as pretty fountains and stunning stone sculptures. The Plaza del Ayuntamiento is especially grand, surrounded by beautiful vaulted buildings, while the Parque de la Ereta’s terraced slopes are the ideal spot to admire a stunning view of the coastline.
Strolling Along The Promenade
Even if it isn’t sunbathing weather, Alicante’s Explanada de Espana is the heart and soul of the city. This stylish boulevard is a wonderful place to wander by day or by night with its many handicraft stalls, pavement cafes and live music. Alternatively, head for the Paseo de Gomiz which skirts the golden beach of the Playa del Postiguet, and revel in the sea air.
Shop Till You Drop in Alicante
Alicante’s many shops and malls are open throughout the year, so whether you are looking for designer clothing, quirky handicrafts or some souvenirs to remind you of your stay, you will be spoiled for choice in this wonderful city. With boutiques, department stores and markets galore, even the most demanding shopper is sure to be satisfied.