Alicante Spain Travel Guide
Alicante City Guide

Old Quarter Alicante

The character of old Spain is very much in evidence here

Old Quarter Alicante


The Old Quarter is clinging to the slopes of Mount Benacantil, in the shadow of the Santa Barbara Castle, 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. It contains within its walls a lively nightlife scene referred to as el barrio, a simple but loaded reference to what it offers.



Old Quarter AlicanteOur sightseeing walk can start in the tranquil Plaza de la Santísima Faz behind the Town Hall, from where we climb up Calle de San Agustín to the Plaza de Quijano, one of the oldest squares in Alicante. From there we can stroll along Calle de Pedro Sebastia until we arrive to Calle de San Roque.

Here we will find the ermita (hermitage) of San Roque (a co-patron of the city), dating from 1559, rebuilt in 1875, and recently restored. Inside the hermitage is a poignant Gypsy Christ, greatly venerated by the people of the ancient Santa Cruz barrio.

The Calles de Toledo, San Luis and Diputado Auset reveal the hidden, singular Alicante: of gleaming houses, with colourful façades covered in flowers and decorated with grillework and mosaics that reveal the veneration felt by the inhabitants for the Santa Faz ; of ancient fountains, and of steep, narrow lanes, almost silent and reminiscent of Arab times, all inevitably leading to the 18th century hermitage of Santa Cruz.

When visiting "el barrio", you will find some of the best Alicante Old Quarter Pubs, bars and restaurants. There is a fantastic Medieval market at the end of June every year in this area, behind the Town Hall, after the Saint John's Bonfires celebration.

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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