Alicante province is the southernmost province of the Valencia. Watch a video about Alicante produced by Spain-holiday.com
Alicante province is the fourth most populated one in Spain (after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) and it has the largest ratio of foreigner population among all spanish provinces. Plenty of them have settled themselves along the Costa Blanca.
Even if the beaches attract the main portion of tourism Alicante is also a mountainous province, with some stunning views as the Algar Waterfalls or the Guadalest Valley.
It is located in southeast Spain in the south of the Region of Valencia. The province is designated with the Costa Blanca tourist brand. It has a typical Mediterranean landscape with beaches interspersed with mountainous terrain.
Alicante can be reached by plane from several places in Europe, as well as by train from Spain. There are also ferry services from the Balearic Islands to Alicante and Denia, as well as ferries from Algeria to Alicante.
Murcia is close connected to Alicante by train and road. Murcia’s San Javier Airport is a short trip from the south part of Alicante, and some airlines offer it as “Alicante South” airport.
A tram service runs along the coast from Alicante north to Denia, passing through Villajoyosa, Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and ending in Denia. A single ticket from Alicante to Benidorm (4 zones) costs 4.85€, with special offers for 10 trips or big groups available.
There is a short distance train network connecting Alicante, Elche and Orihuela, as well as continuing to Murcia. Also Costa Azul runs buses between several destinations along the province and outside of it.
The province hosts as many as six festivals declared to be of International Tourist Interest: the bonfires of San Juan on midsummer night in Alicante; the International Habaneras and Polyphony Competition in Torrevieja; the Moors and Christians festival in Villajoyosa and Alcoy; and the Elche Mystery Plays and the Palm Sunday Procession in the city of Elche. The town of Elche is also the site of the Palmeral de Elche palm grove, awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.
There are numerous archaeological sites in Alicante, many of which belong to the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula, also declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.