Alicante

Alicante is the perfect mix of city and beach life, and it’s this winning combination that has me returning again and again!

Transport

Catching the bus from the airport is nice and easy; go to floor 2 and out onto the bus terminal where you’ll see all the different bus stops. If you’re unsure which bus or destination stop you’ll need, ask at the tourist information desk. They’ll give you a little card with the bus number and route on it, and will highlight where you’ll need to get off. As a fail-safe, show this to the bus driver and, if he or she remembers, they can prompt you to get off the bus at the right time.

Don’t worry if you miss your stop; the buses run on a loop so stay put until it you make a second pass! The buses normally run frequently, are nice and clean, and have suitable luggage storage.

What To Eat

Along the beachfront, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, you’ll find coffee and small beers for around €2.00. Don’t expect too much from the free tapa with your beer; it normally consists of olives, crisps, or nuts.

For breakfast or a daytime snack, opt for toasted open baguettes which are loaded with toppings including the staple favourite of cheese and Serrano ham. If you like omelette, you’ll find some of the best here (“La Tortilla Francesa” or “La Tortilla Española”) and they normally come with half a baguette, drizzled with freshly chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Delicious!

Whether you love paella or just like to have it on the odd occasion, you’ll find the best ones in the restaurants around the harbour in the city centre. Complimentary olives, bread, and garlic mayo are the norm when you first sit down, so relax and graze whilst you wait for your food to be freshly cooked.

Can’t decided where to eat in the evening? Peruse the many eateries during the daytime and pinpoint a few places you’d like to try. There are so many to choose from that this will help you from wandering from place to place when you’re hungry and completely spoilt for choice!

For family-friendly, casual eats, try one of the many restaurants that line the main square. Generally, the food is of good quality and is reasonably priced. For a more authentic feel, what until later in the evening (after 10pm) and try one of the little restaurants in the many side streets. The daytime hustle and bustle of these tiny streets is replaced with charming candle-lit tables packed out with couples and big Spanish families.

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