The Alicante Airport (ALC), or the Alicante-Elche Airport, is one of the main airports for the Costa Blanca in Spain. This facility has been redeveloped, and so you will find an excellent range of amenities here. There are information desks, bureau de change counters, ATMs, telephone, Wifi access and Internet booths, a number of eateries, and a decent range of shops, including three duty-free outlets.
Both buses and taxis can be taken to the centre of town, with taxis taking about 15 minutes to cross the 9km to the CBD for a fare of around 20EUR ($29).
Making your way to Alicante can be done with airlines like Iberia, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qantas, Swiss Air, airberlin, Aeroflot, SAS, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, KLM, Qatar Airways, and Brussels Airlines.
Why visit Alicante?
Positioned right on the Costa Blanca, Alicante enjoys a long and golden coastline, a typically warm and dry Mediterranean climate, and a kind of lust for life that good food, good weather, and good wine can bring. Indulge your inner culture vulture by making time for the city’s castle, old town, and museums, and spend the afternoon lazing on the beach under the welcoming Spanish sun. At night, let your hair down by dining in the city’s excellent restaurants, snacking and drinking in one of its hopping tapas bars, and dancing the small hours away in one of its throbbing nightclubs.
Things to do in Alicante
Explore Alicante by first heading to the town’s highest point and tour the lovely Castle of Santa Barbara that grows out of the rocky hillside. A fortress built in the 9th century, this is an excellent example of Moorish architecture, and you can tour the rooms, halls, and walls of the castle, and enjoy the panoramic views from this point.
Walk through old quarter of town, called Santa Cruz, below the castle, where you can duck into tapas restaurants, and enjoy a Rioja in one of the many bars that populate the area. You can also find the delightful Baroque Town Hall, the small squares and fountains, and the great medieval market that runs in the summer.
Then embark on a cultural tour, first by visiting the Archeological Museum, which charts thousands of years of local history, then by stepping into the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Then let your hair down, and head to the Playa del Postiguet, a surprisingly beautiful city beach that stretches beneath the sun in a golden swath, and swim in deep blue waters that lap gently at the shore. In the evening, amble to the Marina, where most of the chic shops reside, and swanky restaurants hold sway.
Best time to visit Alicante
· Alicante has a very mild, and warm climate, so technically you can visit this city at any time. However, if you want to lounge on the beaches, June to August are the most reliable months for that balmy, sunny weather Spain is famous for. During the summer season average temperatures are about 27-31°C. However, for slightly lower temperatures (ideal for sightseeing), visit this city from March to May, or from September to October, when the daily highs are around 20-25°C.
Arriving in Alicante by plane
· Prepare for two layovers to get to Alicante from Australia, with typical stops in places like Singapore (SIN), and Amsterdam (AMS).
· Euro (EUR).
· Spain allows Australian travellers to enter the country without a visa. Please visit the Australian Foreign Affairs travel website on Spain for more information, and general travel advice.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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