Trips to Elche, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Orihuela
Alicante is one of the most popular resorts to stay at along the Costa Blanca – whether you are interested in shopping, eating, sunbathing or simply people-watching beside the wonderful harbor, it has something to offer most tourists.
But for those who want to spend their time exploring life outside of the town, the surrounding area offers some fantastic places to visit in just a day. Although there are local tour companies offering trips to various sites and tourist attractions, the best option is car hire. Having a car for your excursions from Alicante gives you the ability to see as much, or as little, as you want. Due to its popularity, car hire Alicante is offered by a wide variety of companies, so finding a cheap car hire deal is easy.
There are beaches aplenty along the Costa Blanca, but it’s worth venturing inland for something a bit different, especially if you have your own transport. One of the must-see sites on your excursions from Alicante is the Elche Palm Grove – home to 200,000 palm trees. This is the largest collection in Europe and the grove was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, something the locals are extremely proud of. Altamira Castle, which is located within the grove and built in the thirteenth century, is also worth a look. The grove is only 22 km south of Alicante, which makes it only a short drive away.
The Caves of Canelobre, 24km north of Alicante, are very popular all year round. Home to hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites, the caves are lit in an extremely atmospheric way, making the mineral formations look like a candelabra – or “canelobre” in Spanish. The entrance to the complex is located high up on the Cabezón de Oro, a prominent mountain in the region, which has spectacular views of Alicante and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a tough walk up the mountain path, but well worth the effort as you are rewarded – not just with the view – but also the coolness of the cave and the stunning sights within.
A visit to the salt flats of Torrevieja, a natural park teeming with birdlife, also makes one of the great excursions from Alicante. As does a trip to Orihuela, a city 50km southwest of Alicante and famous for its architecture, in particular the cathedral and the Palace of Rubalcava.
But for a great day – or evening out – it is hard to ignore Alicante’s noisy northern neighbor, Benidorm. It is a 45km drive to this bustling town known for its high-rise apartments and two sandy beaches. It may not be to everyone’s tastes but what Benidorm does offer is fun for all the family.
Just outside are four of the largest theme parks in Europe – Terra Mitica, Terra Natura, Mundomar, and Aqualandia, which offer a range of activities from water slides to roller coasters. These are all easily accessible from Alicante and make the perfect day trip for a family.
The resort of Benidorm itself, with its markets, beaches, and bars has plenty to keep people of all ages and tastes happy. And its comparative closeness to Alicante means you can experience the fun of Benidorm without having to spend your entire holiday there.
Visiting this charming place, you can feel the past of this region, shaped by perpetual fights against pirates. Transparent and clear waters, a rocky beach with several coves, and a fantastic submarine world make Tabarca Alicante an ideal place for various water activities.
Spending your holidays in Alicante, you can enjoy the diversity of landscapes. Surprisingly, the Alicante region is one of the most mountainous regions in Spain. One of the possible destinations for your excursions from Alicante is Alcoy. Hidden between the hills, it rests along several rivers. This city of bridges is home of …
Once the capital of a kingdom, Orihuela preserves one of the richest cultural heritages in this part of Spain. Visit its numerous churches, palaces, and museums. Enjoy the art of the famous poet, Miguel Hernández …
The Old Town will surprise you with its beautiful and joyful facades, strong city walls, and bridges from Roman times. All the buildings are painted in vibrant pastel colors. The old streets of Villajoyosa form a perfect scenery for many festivals celebrated during spring and summer …
Ibiza on Wheels
A trip to Spain’s Costa Blanca, and gorgeous Alicante, is not complete without being tempted across the Mediterranean to the Balaeric Islands. Famed for its nightclubs and hippy markets, Ibiza is also a World Heritage Site for its stunning scenery and eye-piercing white architecture, as well as its party lifestyle.