Last Updated on March 28, 2021
You’re sure to know Alicante as the popular holiday destination it has become over the years – a wonderful coastal city in Spain’s southerly Costa Blanca region, buzzing with bars, nightclubs, shops and restaurants, magnificent beaches and beautiful architecture too. Heard of it? Yes, we thought so.
And while all of the above are valid and enjoyable holiday pursuits (after all, what’s a Spanish holiday without a little sangria?), shopping, eating and drinking aren’t the only things to do in Alicante and its neighbouring area. Nor are they particularly unique.
Sure, you can blissfully pound the cobbled streets of Alicante Old Town and pretend that you’re the only holidaymaker to have done so, but really venturing off the town’s well-trodden tourist trail, will turn up a eclectic mix of lesser-known (and, in our opinion, more interesting) ways to spend your time abroad. And the best bit? Few tourists even know they exist!
So if your travels take you to Alicante this Summer, make a vow to visit these virtually undiscovered spots.
The Canelobre caves
Located in the picturesque town of Busot, a mere 24km from Alicante, lies the Canelobre Caves which are believed to date back to 7400AD!
Take a break from the Spanish sun, and head deep underground to marvel at this, almost gothic-looking, limestone spectacle formed by hundreds of years of water erosion. It’s just magical…
If you can’t resist a historical hotspot, then Lucentum is the place for you. At this fascinating archeological site, enclosed by an age-old perimeter wall, lies the remains of an ancient Roman settlement known as El Tossal de Manises.
Take the time to admire what’s left of this wonderful, historical settlement, before enjoying the peace and tranquility of a small Spanish town. You should need little encouragement to visit this site! Located in the La Albufereta area of Alicante, it’s just 3.5km from the modern-day city centre.
The fishing village of Altea
Enjoy a welcome change of scene in Altea, which is accessible via the A-7 highway or the N-332 national road. Take a leisurely stroll along its long promenade, or enjoy a spot of lunch at the village’s picturesque harbour.
Take a moment to look up from your traditional Spanish tapas and you’ll see the mountainous area of Sierra de Bernia towering above you. Simply stunning…
The Palm Tree Gardens in Elce
This spot is truly a sight to behold. Home to no less than 300,000 exotic palm trees, it’s little surprise that this UNESCO-designed area is a proudly protected world heritage site. From Alicante, take the local train line which connects the city to Murcia, or the N-330 highway if you prefer to travel by car, to reach this Mediterranean oasis.
Playa de San Juan
The main beach in Alicante – Playa del Postiguet – can get really busy during high season (naturally…), so for a quieter and more relaxing beach experience, head up coast.
Just a 25-minute tram ride from Alicante city, you’ll find the fine sandy beach of Playa de San Juan – it’s a rather staggering 7km long, but we think El Campello is the best bit far. It’s the perfect place to while away the day in peace…