Alicante, Spain

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Alicante is on the south east coast of Spain. 

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The port is conveniently right in the middle of town and the city has great beaches running along it’s shores.

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The Castle of Santa Barbara sits above the city on Mount Benacantil.   We took a Hop on-Hop off bus up to the top.

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Great views!

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We spotted the bull ring.

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This castle is pretty barren except for the soldiers posted around the ramparts to defend against invaders.

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Here is a wall of pot shards found in excavations.

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We hopped off the bus downtown to see the Mercado Central.

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Then we stopped for lunch where we had a nice view of the Plaza de Luceros.

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Fried calamari, croquettes and potatas bravas.  This potatas bravas was home made potato chips with a tomato type sauce.  Different regions have there own styles.  My favorite was near Barcelona – fried cubed potatoes with more of an aioli sauce. 

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More pics of Plaza de Luceros.

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We walked past the Ayuntamiento (town hall).

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Inside there is a plaque showing how far from sea level different cities in Spain are.  Alicante, of course, is near “0”.

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The Basilica of Santa Maria was built between 1721 and 1728.

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We wrapped up our visit with a stroll along the lovely Paseo Explanada de Espana.  It is paved with 6.5 million marble tiles.

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This beautiful day called for gelato!

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About graciamc

Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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3 Responses to Alicante, Spain

  1. Jim and Mona says:

    Hi Gracia,

    Another great grouping of your pictures.

    What’s next?

    We are off to Port Townsend in the morning.

    Should be a little cooler.

    Take Care, Mona

  2. Janet Freeman says:

    Beautiful and interesting. I especially like the ‘guy’ in back of one of the soldiers; must be the commander giving instructions? Thanks again for the post Gracia.

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