Alicante is on the south east coast of Spain.
The port is conveniently right in the middle of town and the city has great beaches running along it’s shores.
The Castle of Santa Barbara sits above the city on Mount Benacantil. We took a Hop on-Hop off bus up to the top.
We spotted the bull ring.
This castle is pretty barren except for the soldiers posted around the ramparts to defend against invaders.
Here is a wall of pot shards found in excavations.
We hopped off the bus downtown to see the Mercado Central.
Then we stopped for lunch where we had a nice view of the Plaza de Luceros.
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.
More pics of Plaza de Luceros.
We walked past the Ayuntamiento (town hall).
Inside there is a plaque showing how far from sea level different cities in Spain are. Alicante, of course, is near “0”.
The Basilica of Santa Maria was built between 1721 and 1728.
We wrapped up our visit with a stroll along the lovely Paseo Explanada de Espana. It is paved with 6.5 million marble tiles.
This beautiful day called for gelato!