{on the coast} Alicante, Spain

I nearly decided to visit Murcia instead of Alicante during my trip and once I arrived in Alicante, I’m so glad I didn’t. Alicante is a southern Spanish city located right upon the Mediterranean Sea. After I left the train station, I began walking down Calle San Francisco towards my apartment, where mushrooms line the street – and not the kind that grow, I mean giant mushroom sculptures towering 10 feet tall! These fairytale-like sculptures are placed every few buildings along the carless street! After dropping my bags off, I headed to the shore to catch the sunset. Alicante is famous for its marble walkway along the harbor, where swirling marble tile designs form a palm-tree lined pathway. You can catch the sunset overlooking the beautiful harbor where hundreds of boats are docked at the marina.

As I approached the sandy beach, I turned to my left and saw a truly majestic sight: the enormous mountain that overlooks the Alicante beach, Playa del Postiguet. It’s impossible to not be in awe of the grandeur of this mountain, towering over the few streets that line the city’s beach. On top, a tiny Spanish flag waves in the wind – which I would see for myself in just a few days time.

There’s a calmness to Alicante, probably due to the fact that it lies on a beautiful sandy beach. Even in early November, tourists and Spaniards alike flocked to the beach and enjoy the warm sunny weather that hit the high 60s or low 70s on a daily basis.

Wine in Alicante

Facts
Alicante is a picturesque Spanish town on the southern Mediterranean coast. It’s known for its delicious seafood.

Best Time of Year
The high season in Alicante is during the summer months (May – September) but Alicante is beautiful year-round. It’s especially lovely in the winter months when fewer tourists populate the area.

Airport
Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC)

Hotels
Hotel Hospes AmérigoCalle Rafael Altamira, 7
Meliá AlicantePlaza del Puerto, 3

Restaurants
El Cantó Restaurant – Calle Alemania, 26
El Portal Taberna & Wines – Calle de Bilbao, 2

Sites
Explanada de España
Santa Barbara Castle
Basilica of Santa María

Day Trips
I’d recommend taking a day trip to Salinas de Torrevieja, a beautiful pink salt flat if you are visiting Alicante for some time. To the north, you can also visit La Muralla Roja in Calp, Spain.

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December 10, 2016
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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These photos are really beautiful ! Great work !

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