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Cruises to Alicante

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About Alicante

Alicante is a chameleon of a city. Its colors change with every few hundred meters that you walk. Down by the port, it tows the line of the rest of the Spanish coast. The Playa del Postiguet is an expanse of soft biscuity sand that's topped with rentable loungers, parasols, cabana beds, beach volleyball courts and ocean-view bars. The Explanada de Espana, meanwhile, is a rule-straight street of waterside restaurants, sidewalk cafes and the odd craft stall.

To the north of the beach things change entirely. Here, the city's seams strain with history. There's the imposing Mount Benacantil, which towers 166 meters above Alicante, and is topped by the 16th-century castle of Santa Barbara. Then there's the Barrio Santa Cruz; a Baroque neighborhood that curls around the mountain's feet.

The west of Alicante looks different, again. Streets like Rambla de Mendez Nunez have all the hallmarks of a modern metropolis. Motorbike engines growl, traffic lights flash, and high-rise apartments define the skyline.

Alicante is also a springboard to the wider Costa Blanca and its surrounds. Here you'll find beaches with warm waters and mountains villages with timelines that tumble back thousands of years.

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More about Alicante

Why go to Alicante?

Pros:

A city that mixes seaside, history and Spain's sidewalk cafe culture

Cons:

Expect queues for the main sights, as well as a bit of graffiti

Bottom Line:

Alicante is a safe, easy-going destination with something for everyone

Alicante Cruise Port Facilities?

Alicante port is no shrinking violet. It's a significant commercial port and, as such, it sees scores of cargo ships, tugs, fishing boats, pleasure crafts and even tankers pull in and out every day in addition to its passenger vessels. The proximity that cruise ships get to the city center varies. If there is more than one ship visiting Alicante a day, some will dock right outside the terminal building and others will dock a few hundred meters away. The good news is that the port offers complimentary shuttle buses, which take cruise passengers from their ship to just outside the Volvo Ocean Race Museum, which is a minute's walk from the main Explanada de Espana. If you do want to walk, however, it will take you about 20 minutes.

Alicante cruise terminal has an information desk, Wi-Fi, taxi rank, a coffee bar and small shopping area where you can pick up souvenirs.

Good to Know?

It's the same story in a lot of places popular with tourists, but in Alicante you get a lot of street musicians and freelance sales people trying to get you to pay for everything from an accordion performance to a pair of cheap sunglasses.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Most of Alicante's tourist attractions are within walking distance of the port. If you take the complimentary shuttle buses to the stop outside Volvo Ocean Race Museum, the city's highlights are even more accessible. From here, you can get to the foot of the castle in 10 minutes.

By Tram: Tramlines run around Alicante city and beyond to the beaches of the Costa Blanca and up to Benidorm. One of the main stops is near the Central Market, and it's here that you can pick up a single or return ticket or a pass for multiple trips. The lines are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9. Line 2 weaves around the city center, while line 1 takes passengers on the hourlong journey to Benidorm.

By Taxi: There's a taxi station at the cruise terminal.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Spain's currency is the euro. Visit www.xe.com for current rates. ATMs are plentiful in Alicante. You'll find several on Explanada de Espana, right next to the port.

Language?

Spanish is the main language in Alicante. However, most people in the city can speak good English, too. If you want to show willing, ask for the bill in Spanish -- it's "La cuenta por favor."


Alicante Cruise Reviews
Short walk down the boardwalk to the a tunnel. The tunnel brings you up to Castle Santa Barbara. Most likely a short wait as the elevator line can get backed-up. Once you are at the top you can continue to walk upRead More
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Clawman
Great city, people and beachRead More
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Iloper
Very nice, Weather was good. Not too cold for April. Read More
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Lucy&Ricki
We have been there before. Did our own thing this time. Tried to take the elevator to Castell de la Santa Barbara, but there was a queue several hundred meters long so we opted for a hop-on hop-off bus (which no longRead More
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