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Alicante Cultural Route

A city with three thousand years of history

Alicante Cultural Route


Alicante Cultural Route offers a wide range of museums in the city that is constantly being amplified and renewed. In order to understand the city and enjoy it the most, we should consider not only its present but also its past.

To the CAPA Sculpture Collection and the Asegurada Museum of Contemporary Art can now be added the recently opened Alicante Bullfighting Museum, the MARQ archaeological museum and the Gravina Fine Arts museum (MUBAG); the Museo de Belenes (Nativity Scene museum); the Pozos de Garrigós (Water Museum) and the permanent exhibitions at the Lonja de Pescado and at the Archivo Municipal.

PROVINCIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (MARQ)

The Archaeological Museum is located in the old Hospital San Juan de Dios and constructed in 1930, the premises occupy a surface area of 9,000m2.

The extremely valuable collection housed here consists of 81,000 pieces dating from the Stone Age to the Medieval times, the most important piece among them being the Lady of Guardamar from the Iberian settlement of Cabezo Lucero. In May 2002 new exhibition rooms and halls were inaugurated. Also guided tours on request. Access for the handicapped.

OPENING HOURS 10 am to 7pm
Sundays & Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Phone: +34 965 14 90 06.
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NATIVITY SCENE MUSEUM

Located in a typical house in the Old Quarter of Alicante dating from the first half of the 19th century. This Museum of Christmas Cribs contains a collection of Christmas dioramas, examples of Christmas nativity scenes from Spain, Europe, Asia and Africa, all kinds of objects related to Christmas and a life-sized nativity scene.

The Nativity Scene movement has a solid tradition, linked to the excellent work of the many artist who use only traditional craft methods. The Alicante Nativity Scene Makers Association was founded in 1959, being the first of its kind declared to be a body of public interest by the Interior Ministry.

OPENING HOURS
Winter: 10 am to 2 pm and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
Summer: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.

Closed Saturday afternoons, Sundays & Mondays.
Phone: +34 965 20 22 32 .
Address: c/ San Agustín, 3. Alicante.
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GRAVINA FINE ARTS MUSEUM (MUBAG)

The Gravina Fine Arts Museum is situated within the Gravina Palace, which was built during the 17th and 18th centuries, this recently opened Museum of Fine Arts exhibits some 500 pieces dating from the Middle Ages up until 1920.

The exhibition includes the works of such important artists as Rodrigo de Osona, Salzillo, Vicente López, Antonio Gisbert, Joaquín Agrasot, Xavier Soler, Eusebio Sempere and Emilio Varela among others. The Museum also has an auditorium, a permanent exhibition lounge about the history of the building as well as a temporary exhibition lounge.

OPENING HOURS
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm.
Mondays closed.
Phone: 965 14 67 80.
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THE ALICANTE"HOGUERAS" MUSEUM

The Hogueras Museum is located in the Casa de la Festa building where the two streets Rambla de Méndez Núñez and Teniente Álvarez Soto meet. This recently opened museum is dedicated to Alicante´s most popular festivals: the Hogueras de San Juan.

Here, we can find a great exhibition of photographs from throughout the years, the so-called Ninots indultats, or Saved Statues, a collection of traditional costumes, advertising posters, etc. as well as an audio-visual hall.

OPENING HOURS
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Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm.
Closed on Sunday afternoon and Mondays.
Phone. +34 965 14 68 28.
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LONJA DE PESCADO

Inaugurated in 1992 as an exhibition hall and enlarged in December 2000, this curious building with clear Arabic influences dates from the beginning of the 20th century and was designed by the engineer Próspero in the Historicist style.

At one time a fish market, it formed an important part of the port installations in the so-called Zona de Poniente. Its generous length and height makes it ideal for the celebration of large art exhibitions as well as other artistic, literary and charity events, festivals, etc.

OPENING HOURS
Address: Paseo Almirante Julio Guillén Tato, s/n 03001 Alicante
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm.
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.
Sundays & Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm.
Phone: +34 96 592 20 18
Opening hours may vary according to the exhibition
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MUSEUM UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE (MUA)

The MUA (Museum of the University of Alicante) specialises exclusively in Contemporary Art and carries out research activities in this area as well as the production, conservation, documentation, diffusion and teaching of this art.

The Museum bases its activity on the dissemination of historic-artistic heritage, the presentation of research results obtained on the University of Alicante campus and the diffusion of 21st century artistic works with particular focus on the most modernist forms of expression.

OPENING HOURS
10 am to 8 pm.
Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Phone: +34 965 90 94 66
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MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES

Housed in a mansion dating from the 18th century, the municipal archives hold the remains of a late-Roman necropolis dating from the 6th to 8th centuries A.D.

There are manuscripts dating from the 12th century and important documents regarding the town's history, such as the granting of a town charter to Alicante by Ferdinand II (el Católico) in 1490. There is also a newspaper archive dating from the 19th century and a photo archive.

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Phone: +34 965 14 09 27.
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ALICANTE BULLFIGHTING MUSEUM

The Alicante Bullfighting Museum exhibits a permanent display dedicated to the most renowned local bullfighters including Vicente Blau, Francisco Antón, José María Manzanares and Luis Francisco Esplá among others.

The museum also has a library, a conference room and exhibition lounge, together with an audiovisual room in which discussion groups, slide shows and talks about bullfighting are held.

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Friday: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.
Saturday: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.
Phone. +34 965 21 76 78.
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Source: Alicante Townhall

Attractions in Alicante

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Alicante Port
Once the strategic point of the whole province, the Alicante Port gives today a touch of luxury to this beautiful setting of the city of Alicante.

Tourist Information Alicante
Important Tourist information about Alicante, travel, places to visit, transport, emergency numbers, etc.

Alicante Beaches
As one would expect of a sea-oriented city, the sea front (with its beaches, port and promenade) is the main characteristic of Alicante.

Alicante Restaurants
Complete guide of the best spanish, international and fast food restaurants in Alicante City.

Alicante Old Quarter
The Old Quarter, is a settlement which can trace its origins back to late Roman times, and where medieval walls are interspersed with streets and lanes dating from more recent times.

Alicante Day Trips
Alicante day trips are perfect to witness the beauty of this area and its impressive dash of history.

Alicante Street Map
Get an overview of the city and find your favorite places.

Alicante Hot Air Ballooning
You will sure enjoy the freedom of flying over El Fondo Beauty Spot in the district of Baix Vinalopo, near the towns of Elche/Elx y Crevillente, and; 2 large resevoirs area, as everything up-there gets calm and silent, while you are floating up to 1000 meters over the coast and the mountains, and see the miniature people and cars, looking as they just fall from a toy box.

Santa Barbara Castle
The Santa Barbara Castle is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit as well as a large part of the slopes of Mount Benacantil. A visit of the castle is one of the most visited attractions in Alicante.

Alicante Cultural Route
From prominent art museums down the line to smaller, Alicante city is full of museums to visit.

Tabarca Island
Tabarca is a small island off the Mediterranean coast of Alicante. It is the smallest permanently inhabitted islet in Spain and is currently known for its Marine reserve.

Alicante Parks and Gardens
Alicante Parks and Gardens are ideal for jogging, picnicking, or just to have a break. There are fantastic performances for children and adults during the summer.

Theme Parks
Theme parks, Water parks and Animal parks are some of the main entertainment options when planning a fantastic family day out in Alicante.

Alicante Theatres
The main venues in town for concerts,theatre, dance, opera and other cultural festivals.

Alicante Singles
Are you a single person looking for a romantic vacation spot, with a friendly atmosphere to enjoy life at its best? Pack for Alicante and make it the most romantic holiday of your life!

Alicante Street Markets
Markets are very popular in the towns of Alicante , you will see they can be found almost every day of the week.

Nightlife

Alicante Nightlife
Find out everything about Alicante nightlife. Pubs, nightclubs, theaters, etc.

Alicante Old Quarter Pubs
When visiting the Alicante Old Quarter Pubs, it is not unusual to see more people out and about at 2, 3 or 4 am in the morning than in many other cities during the day!

Alicante Nightclubs
You will usually start the night in the many bars and pubs in the old quarter "el barrio" area (do not expect anything before 1 - 1.30 am), then about 3 - 3.30 am you will head to the Port area where there are many trendy and modern bars and pubs.

Shopping

Alicante Shopping
The heart of the shopping district is in and around Avenida de Maisonnave. Here you will find a vast array of shoe shops, boutiques, specialist shops and department stores such as El Corte Ingles. One of the favorite attractions in Alicante for visitors.

Bridal Shops Alicante
When buying in Alicante Bridal Shops , brides are wearing the wedding dresses of their dreams. They’re also finding great deals on exquisite bridesmaid dresses and flower girl. Stay within your big day budget!

Outdoors

Yoga Alicante
Yoga Alicante will help you find the peace you were longing for while will stretch you physically and mentally.

Golf Clubs in Alicante
It is Golf players paradise! Fantastic Golf Clubs within 15-20 minutes drive from the city.

Water Sports in Alicante
When you had enough of exploring, there are lots of options for water sports in Alicante, above and below the blue waters of the Mediterranean to make your day.

Alicante Safari Parks
The Alicante Safari Parks within short driving distance are must-go attractions, for safely watching the exotic wild animals in their wonderful natural environments especially if you are with the little ones!

Alicante Lawn Bowling
Bowling in Alicante is very well organised and there are a number of well managed and friendly clubs from which to choose.

Scuba Diving in Alicante
Alicante province - Costa Blanca is an ideal destination for divers looking for a great family holiday with diving as the their main activity, or for those looking to make just a few dives.

Alicante Fishing
Fishing in Alicante is just another of the many attractions in Alicante and a excellent way to relax in this beautiful part of Spain.

Alicante Tennis
If you are tennis enthusiast, there’s no better place to play and enjoy the Mediterranean such as Alicante!


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