Alicante, with a population of just 300,000 Alicante is not a large city in European terms, but as the capital of the Costa Blanca it is a major travel destination for many European tourists. Over the years this has injected a cosmopolitan feel to the city, while retaining much of its traditional culture.
Already well known for being relatively inexpensive, with excellent beaches and a wide choice of accommodation, Alicante has a lot more to offer. A great deal of investment has gone into the preservation of its historical and architectural heritage. There are many fiestas (festivals) throughout the cities calendar, some of which are a real spectacle and well worth a look. The cuisine is another major bonus, with (affordable) good food available everywhere, alongside the middle to high end restaurants. Plenty of shopping opportunities also exist, ranging from souvenirs, local goods and handicrafts, to fashion items and modern shopping centres.
As with many Spanish towns and cities Alicante comes alive at night. Do not be put off by this; there really is something for all ages here. It is after all customary for Spanish families to go for a walk after their evening meal, perhaps to have an ice cream in one of the many Italian ice cream parlours, or to have a drink.