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Why Holiday in Alicante

Alicante is well known for its beaches and holiday atmosphere and is considered as one of the top spots for a holiday in Spain. Depending on the size of your holiday group, you have the choice of large private villas in Alicante with pools to luxury apartments in the town centres. Whichever type of holiday you are taking, let Akilar.com be your guide in searching for your Alicante holidays accommodation in one of our many villas, homes or apartments on offer.

Alicante is a great destination for a holiday to Spain. It benefits from a beautiful Mediterranean climate with 320 days of sun per year. The summers are hot and busy making it the perfect time to visit if you enjoy being amongst the crowds and having a lively holiday. The winters are mild and would be the perfect time to visit for a quiet relaxing holiday, during this time of the year there are far less tourists and many businesses close down. Depending on the type of holiday you want, you are guaranteed a lovely time no matter what time of the year you visit.

The beaches in Alicante have beautiful white sand with crystal clear waters, safe shallow parts for the children to swim and an abundance of watersports available, including surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and of course diving. For those who prefer to stay dry there are other activities such as biking, walking and golf on offer so you will never be short of something to do.

There is much history to be seen in the area with monuments, landmarks and beautiful architecture which demonstrates the history the area has experienced. So if history is of interest to you, there is plenty of sightseeing to be done.

The night-life in Alicante has something to suit everyone, there is no shortage of restaurants and bars in the area with anything from Tapas bars, family friendly restaurants to fine dining for those special candle lit dinners. If you want lively night life there are a few places with late bars and nightclubs which are open until the sun comes up.

There are plenty of villas in Alicante to choose from with something to suit every budget and taste, from city apartments to quiet villas with private pools. They all come in different sizes so you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to stay.

With the beautiful weather, beaches, sights and activities here in Alicante it is no wonder that the area has so many visitors each year for their Holiday Rentals in Spain.

History of Alicante

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Enjoy the History of Alicante

Alicante is a very historic region with a staggering 3000 years of history behind it and a lot of this is visible in the architecture in the town.

The history of Alicante began between 5000 and 3000 BC, when the first settlers arrived on Mount Benacantil. This is where the Castillo de Santa Barbara is still standing. Greek and Phoenician tribes arrived in the area in 1000 BC and in 600 BC their rivals the Romans and the Carthaginians arrived in Spain. The tribes fought over the area of Alicante leading to the Carthaginians eventually taking the land and ruling for many years. The Roman armies returned stronger and took control and managed to stay in power for a long period of time.

The Moors (Arabs) Ruled Alicante and Southern Spain until 1100 AD and the last of the Moorish rulers were removed from Spain in 1492. The Moorish occupation brought amazing art and architecture to the region, some of which you will still see today. Surprisingly, the Romans didn’t put up much of a defence when the Moors took over. The region was passed onto the kingdom of Valencia in 1298 under the reign of King James II of Aragon.

The 15th Century was a great time for Alicante, trade was thriving and they aimed to become a key trading station. Unfortunately from 1609 – 1614 King Felipe III was ruler and he banished thousands of Moriscos which slowed progress and bankruptcy was looming.

Things didn’t improve through the 18th century, Felipe won the war of Spanish succession and preceded to take away the semi-autonomous status Alicante had enjoyed previously. Things in the region deteriorated at such a rate that it existed only by making shoes and agricultural products, including oranges, almonds and fish. In the 19th Century the economy picked up slightly with increased international trade and the expansion of the city harbour.

By the 1950s and 60s tourism began to pick up in the region and Alicante became one of the most frequented Spain Holiday Rentals destinations, which is still the case today.

Alicante Holiday Rentals Information

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Alicante's Holiday Beach

Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, you will find a villa to suit your needs in both comfort and location for your Alicante holidays.

In Alicante, there are many villas and apartments to choose from and there will be one to suit your every need, whether it be for a large group coming to the region to experience and enjoy the great nightlife that can be found in El Puerto and La Zona, or for those who are coming for either a family or couples break to enjoy the sightseeing and the beaches.

There are city apartments for those who prefer to be in the thick of the action and also villas and apartments in surrounding areas, which provide peace and quiet, still with easy access to the city, beaches and parks. The city apartments can sleep small or large groups and can be as luxurious as your budget will allow. Obviously city apartments will not provide you with that beautiful scenery, however if it is scenery you are looking for there are plenty of apartments available in the quieter areas which have communal pools, and also large or small private villas in Alicante with their own pools.

All of the accommodation in Alicante comes with fully equipped kitchens and one or more family bathrooms and/or en suite bathrooms. HOLIDAY RENTAL APARTMENTS IN ALICANTE will have a balcony and villas will have their own terraces so that you can enjoy a cool drink and maybe even a barbecue in the evenings either after a long day out or before you begin your night of partying.

It's important to book early if you're choosing to holiday in the high season. Most Alicante Rentals of choice will be located in the beach area so don't be disappointed and book early to insure your ALICANTE HOLIDAYS accommodation is secure.

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Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most ALICANTE RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Alicante

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Things to do on Alicante Holidays

Alicante has plenty to offer when it comes to sights and attractions with something to suit any age so families will have something to keep the kids occupied for the duration of their holiday in Spain.

If it is historic sights you want to visit, there are no shortage of these due to the regions extensive history. How about visiting the beautiful cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari which is famous in the area as it has particularly stunning architecture, or the 19th century St. Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Barbara) which overlooks the city and is one of the largest fortresses in Europe. These are just two of the many historic landmarks and monuments you can visit in the region.

There are many caves to visit in Alicante and Cueva de Calaveres is a prehistoric cave featuring stunning stalactites and stalagmites and is over 350 foot long with the roof 60 feet in height in some parts. For family fun why not visit the Alicante Safari Parks which are within easy reach of Alicante town centre, the parks feature animals such as lions, tigers, leopards, zebras, several species of birds and even dolphins and seals, so they are well worth a visit with the children and make for a great day out.

If you are looking for a thrilling day out, take a short trip to Benidorm to the Aqualandia waterpark and Terra Mitica theme park. Aqualandia boasts of many water slides and swimming pools and Terra Mitica has all the roller-coasters you can handle. Alicante also has a paintball arena but be warned it is not for the faint hearted!

As you would expect, on the beaches there are the usual water sports which holidaymakers can take part in and also bikes for hire so that you can get out and about and enjoy exploring the region. With all these different sights and activities to choose from you are guaranteed a fun packed holiday in Alicante. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Villages Around Alicante

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One of Many Alicante Villages

Alicante is very historic and when you visit one of the many villages and towns nearby you will see this reflected in the wonderful architecture. There are also rural villages with little shops and markets along with coastal towns to spend lazy days on the beach in the sun.

El Campello is a delightful little resort located on the coast near Alicante and is a quiet little place without the mass of tourists who visit the busier parts of Alicante. In El Campello you will find beautiful sandy beaches with great facilities, very good quality restaurants and cafe bars with plenty of al fresco dining for you to enjoy. The village even has a weekly fish market.

Mutxamel is a small historic village as it it once belonged to Alicante but became an independent municipality in 1736 and in the years that followed it became a popular summer holiday resort for the inhabitants of Alicante. The architecture is impressive in this little village with a parish church which has a 14th century gothic tower. The Village is very agricultural and has large areas of farming land. It is popular with holiday makers as it provides peace and quiet along with beautiful restaurants so you will not need to go far to enjoy the nightlife.

El Altet is a traditional Spanish village which will provide you with the perfect quiet relaxing holiday, it is quite close to the beautiful beaches on the Costa Blanca and there are plenty of watersports available so the whole family will be kept occupied. You will find plenty of cosy restaurants in El Altet including traditional tapas restaurants. If you want a relaxing time then this village is the perfect place to visit.

There are many rural villages in and around Alicante which are well worth a visit, whether you want beautiful beaches, shopping or simply a place where you can relax and enjoy the traditional surroundings while dining on tapas, you can find a perfect place for you. Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around

Golfing in Alicante

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Stunning Golf Courses Around Alicante

Golf holidays in Alicante are very popular as there are plenty of courses to choose from with over a dozen within a 2 hour drive of Alicante.

The main golf courses in Alicante just outside of the city centre are Alicante Golf and El Plantio Golf Club. Alicante Golf Club is set in the foothills of the Sierra Grossa just next to the Mediterranean sea, the course was opened in 1998 and is a 72 par golf course. The Golf course also has a 156 room spa hotel linked to it, this is ideal for those who do not want to play golf and instead want to be pampered for the day with the many treatments on offer.

El Plantio Golf Club is an 18 hole course and was built in 2000, the course is quite testing but also a beautiful area to be in with seevral quality holes with water features. This club is very popular with holidaymakers as it is a pay and play course, so you will find that visitors from all over Europe come to play at this course.

As you would expect it is usually possible to play a round of golf all year round due to the agreeable Mediterranean climate that Alicante benefits from. Of course these are just two of the courses which are available in Alicante and the surrounding areas. If you want to venture further afield there is no shortage of courses in the area. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Alicante Fiesta's

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Beautiful Fiestas in Alicante

Alicante will not disappoint if you want to visit at the time of one of the many fiestas which are held here. The region is steeped in history with many traditions celebrated in style. Many of the fiestas are based on religious celebrations and the days are a great excuse to eat, drink and be merry. The fiestas are not a small affair and lots of planning and organising goes into making them the spectacle they are. The Spanish will dress up have parades and fireworks will also be a big part of the show.

Hogueras de San Juan (St Johns Bonfires) is one of the most spectacular fiestas of the year and is the most famous fiesta held in the city, it has even been said to be of international tourist interest. The celebration is held in June linking it with the summer solstice and the feast day of John the baptist. The week long celebration includes firework competitions, a medieval market, marching bands, parades, dancing competitions and much more. It is well worth a visit at this time of the year for this unique experience.

The Puppet Festival is a great fiesta for both children and adults, it is classed as one of the best events in the world and runs for the first 10 days in December. The celebration began in 1984 and gives spectators the chance to see puppeteers from across the globe perform.

Moors and Christians is a festival which is celebrated in many of the surrounding towns of Alicante, although the best place to witness it is in the city itself. With locals dressed up in spectacular costumes re-enacting the battles that took place between the Moors and Christians during the reconquest of the area.

Fiesta times are quite popular for tourists to book their villas for rent in Spain around to visit the city as the spectacular shows, food and drink are a great way to enjoy a holiday in a unique way, all the fiestas are not to be missed. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Alicante

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Alicante is a year round tourist destination with the nightlife being exciting all year, in the summer the buzzing crowds can be seen eating and drinking outside on the narrow streets and the winter brings a more indoor cosy feel to the area. There are great restaurants, lively bars, nightclubs and live music clubs so you will never be short of anything to do while you are staying here.

The Esplanada provides casual relaxed evenings in the summer with cafes, restaurants and tavernas, diners will often be eating on the outside tables. If you want more sophisticated food then there is the restaurant La Terraza del Gourmet serving a fine dining gourmet menu and also a tapas menu which is just mouthwatering. From your table you will have beautiful views of the harbour.

El Barrio and the port area are the perfect spots if you want a lively night out. El Barrio was renovated a few years ago and now has a selection of the nicest bars around, whether it is lively bars with live music you are after or a quiet bar with soft music for those relaxing evenings. After you have had a few hours in the bars in El Barrio it is normal for the party to continue in the port area from around 3am until the sun comes up!

Other areas of interest with a mixture of bars and restaurants are The Marina, The Panoramis centre (which you can take a little boat ride to from the marina) and Santa Cruz. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the evenings and you are guaranteed a good time. Even if you choose a Self Catering Holiday Rental Villa in Alicante, you will still want to try the local cuisine.

Shopping in Alicante

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Shops and Markets in Alicante

Alicante is a great city for shopping, you really can shop til you drop here. There is a very leisurely feel to shopping in Alicante as the shops there are open until the early hours of the evenings, what better excuse do you need to combine a spot of shopping with a night out!

Alicante has everything including specialist shops with local hand crafted goods, souvenir shops, small markets selling all types of nick knacks and for the serious shoppers there is no shortage of department stores, designer shops and more shoe shops than you can imagine.

The main places to shop would be The Rambla de Mendez Nunez, a traditional shopping area in Alicante and here you will find a very good choice of shops, all set in a traditional style. The streets in between The Rambla and Avenida de Frederico Soto are home to many shops, cafe bars and restaurants, here you will find a wide range of shoes, jewellery, fashion and home goods.

There are a couple of shopping centres located in Alicante to visit on your holidays, the largest being Gran Via, and the other called Plaza Mar 2. In these centres you will find just about anything you want, from fashion to home wares and music shops, if you find yourself getting hungry after all that shopping there are cafe bars situated in the centre.

The best place to shop for the dedicated shoppers has to be the Panoramis Complex, not only is it positioned on the seafront providing shoppers with breathtaking views it is also open 24 hours! It is an entertainment centre as well as a shopping centre with fine restaurants a 13 screen cinema and much more, so it is the perfect place for a full day out. Shopping could not be easier as by looking here.

Best Times to Visit Alicante

Alicante is a good place to visit all year round weather wise as the summers are hot and the winters are mild. The obvious time to visit Alicante would be summer or the peak season when the area is buzzing with people, all the bars, restaurants and hotels are open and there is plenty of hot weather to enjoy.

The peak season is August when the crowds gather and there are more visitors to the area, so if you enjoy crowds and the hustle and bustle this would be the best time to visit. The beaches will be very crowded at this time of the year as will the restaurants, bars and hotels.

If you prefer a quieter holiday but still want the weather, the high season is June and July when all of the attractions will be open at this time and although there will be a lot of tourists around still, it will not be as busy as the peak season.

If you're not that interested in being baked in the sun in the peak season and prefer not to be around the crowds which arrive in the summer, the low season would be the best time for a holiday. The weather will be less reliable and there may be some rain, however if you like sightseeing this is a good time to holiday in Alicante. Bare in mind that there will be a lot of shops, bars and restaurants which close down at this time as the bulk of the tourists have left. On the plus side, the prices for holidays in Alicante are generally lower than the high season or peak seasons.

Climate for Alicante

Alicante is fortunate enough to enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. There is not much rain in the area and on average there are 320 days of sunshine per year.

Summer in Alicante is between June and August as they are the hottest months in Alicante and can have temperatures reaching the late 30's, this is when the sun is at its strongest. September is still classed as the summer although, can be a little cooler than the peak months.

October is the Autumn and things start to cool a little at this time, however the weather is still mild and pleasant enough to sit outside. Daily temperatures can range from 23 degrees down to 18 degrees by the end of the month. November is the wettest month of all with temperatures hovering around 16 degrees.

Winters in Alicante run from December to February, the weather is still mild at this time however you may see some snow on the higher grounds.

When the year reaches March April and May the climate starts to warm up again and builds towards the summer, this is the springtime in Alicante and a perfect time to book your Spain Holiday Rentals home.

Getting To and Around Alicante

Alicante is served by one airport, Alicante El Altet International Airport and this is a major airport for all those who are staying on the Costa Blanca. There are daily flights from all over Europe, some of the airlines that serve the airport are, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines, Air Berlin, and Flybe. The flight time from the UK to Alicante is 2.5 hours.

If you are driving to Alicante, there are several different routes that you can take, all of which include a ferry ride to either Calais or Le Havre.

When you want to travel around Alicante there are several different options, the first being to hire a car. However if this does not appeal to you then the public transport in the area is very good. Alicante has a good fleet of buses which are run by TAM bus company, there are frequent services taking passengers to all the main places in the area. The buses are easy to use and cheap, they run from 06.00 to 23.00 and there are also buses to take you to Murcia and Benidorm.

Trams in Alicante cover the main part of the area going along the coast to places like Altea and Benidorm, again the trams are easy to use and fairly inexpensive.

Taxis are also a good option if you are looking to venture outside of the main city to take in the sights near your Holiday Rentals in Spain accommodation. There are taxi ranks all over the city, although it is best to bare in mind that they charge according to the distance so therefore can be a little pricey.

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Las Hogueras de San Fiesta Alicante Costa BlancaWhat would you think if you were walking down a street toward the beach in Alicante during June in the middle of night and you noticed that people on the beach were jumping over bonfires and then diving into the sea. Some people might say that the asylum had open its doors but you would be wrong for it is the fiesta of St John's Bonfires or locally known as Juan. This fiesta is a celebration for the summer solstice which is 21st June but locally is celebrated on 23rd June coinciding with St John's day which is when most of Europe celebrates the day.
Boat trip Tabarca Island Santa Pola Alicante Costa BlancaThe Island of Tabarca is situated around 11 miles south east of Alicante and 3 miles from the cape in Santa Pola. If you are here during the off peak season you can relax and enjoy a week-end getaway. With its 1,800 meters in length and 400 meters in width there is a lot of space to enjoy the beauty of its landscape and the absolute quietness.
Things to Do Alicante San Juan BeachSan Juan is located on the coastlines of the Mediterranean, in the Costa Blanca region of the Valencia Community. It is divided into two sections San Juan Playa and San Juan Peublo. San Juan is surrounded by Mutxamel and El Campello with the area being well known for its agricultural products as well as the growth of its tourism.
Illeta del Banyets El CampelloWhile on your holiday in El Campello be sure to visit the Illeta del Banyets, an isthmus which connects El Campello to a small island. Here you can find the remains of an Iberian, Roman and Islamic civilisation. The tower, dates from the XI century, is considered to be an Islamic vantage point for the area.
Alicante Costa Blanca Benidorm MuseumIf you are tired of sand, sea and bargain hunting, then Alicante is the place for a discerning person to visit, it has so much more to offer. Normally when people think of Spain the first thing that comes to mind is the beach, sun, Costa Blanca or Benidorm. The history that Alicante has on offer is to much to resist and the museums are a good place to start.
Narrow Gauge Railway AlicanteIf you have the time or if you don't, take the time anyway and take a trip on the narrow gauge railway to another time and place. The rumble of the wheels on the small tracks just makes the journey that much more enjoyable. Don't discount the scenery and the truly Spanish villages along the way. There is so much beauty to be enjoyed here, all on your way to Benidorm.
Mount Benacantil Santa Barbara AlicanteOn top of Mount Benacantil, which stands at 166m, is The Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara) situated in the middle of Alicante.
Artifacts have been found on the slopes of the mountain that dates from the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman times. The castle itself dates to the ninth century during the time of the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.
Akra Leuka Lucentum Alicante Akra Leuka was the original name for Alicante before the Romans arrival in 215 BC. The area, being close to the Mediterranean, was seen to be trading with Greece, Phonecia, and Tartessos a southern Iberian city.The culture became known as Contestano by Pliny the Elder and Strabo because of this unique mixture. The archaeologist have found a number of Cartheginian architectural features present in the ruins.
Things to Do in Alicante The Spanish are world-renowned for their parties, or fiesta's as they are called. These are held to mark religious celebrations, traditional festivals, Patron Saint's days, name days and international festivities, in fact an excuse for a fiesta is a good reason to party. These fiesta's can be specific to individuals, families, places, towns and culture.
Mutxamel is located in one of the most scenic areas along the Costa Blanca. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Bonalba, It is only 4 km inland. Strategically located, you have access to some of the most interesting places all along the coast,most being easily reached from local holiday rental accommodations. By having your holiday villa here you can enjoy the rural style of living without the hustle and bustle of the big city.
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