Tourism is undeniably Alicante's main economic pillar. Being one of the region's main resorts, it attracts large numbers of foreigners for various reasons. Discover Alicante...
Alicante is basically known as a tourist city, located in the Valencia community and in the province bearing the same name. Its population amounts to some 335,000 inhabitants. Every year, Alicante attracts thousands of tourists coming from Europe and the rest of the world. It is definitely a place to discover at all costs if you wish to experience Spain's cultural and exotic aspects.
Alicante's economy is mainly based on tourism, services, trade and regional administration. It is also the Valencia region's second largest city, hosting a seaport and an airport. Manufacturing and exports are also considered to be important economic pillars through the production of olive oil, wine, and culture of fruits and vegetables, not to mention agro-food, textile, leather production, as well as crafts and pottery.
This city has a rich historical and architectural heritage which are represented namely by the Saint-Nicolas Cathedral, the St. Mary Church, the Holy Face monastery, among others. You will also find other architectural wonders such as the Carbonell House, the House of Witches, the Central Market and the Main Theater which are not only important remnants but also the city's main places of interest.
Alicante also has parks and green spaces which you can explore during your leisure time. You can enjoy the Spain Esplanade which is lined with palm trees and the harbor basin, hosting many bars, restaurants and an open-air auditorium, the Ereta Park, the Paseito Ramiro walk which is confined in ancient walls and located near the beach, as well as the Parc del Palmera which has several palm trees species, an abundant local flora, a lake and a natural waterfall.
You can also enjoy various other leisure activities available such as water sports, boat tours, or even Castillo de Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches during your visit.
Alicante's different districts are driven by a sunny climate as well as a dynamic and relaxed environment between beautiful beaches and greenery. It is also known to be one of the region's largest tourist resorts due to its mild climate and its inhabitants warm and lifestyle. Each neighborhood has its own peculiarities, offering a magnificent spectacle of the Spanish culture in all its splendor.
Explanada de España is one of the city's most beautiful areas with its colorful mosaic pedestrian street lined with cafes and restaurants overlooking Alicante's port and beach. As for El Barrio, it is known to be Alicante's historical neighborhood, with numerous monuments, the Santa Barbara Castle, along with stylish homes and colorful folk style houses. You will also find many outdoor cafes and bars. Alicante also provides a wide range of accommodation for expats.
Rambla de Mendez Nunez is one of the city's most animated neighborhoods. This area has not only commercial zones, banks, restaurants and shops, but also museums, squares and parks, etc., hence an ideal place for shopping, eating as well as night life.
To have a better idea of what life in Alicante is all about, feel free to ask your questions on the Alicante forum.