The city of Alicante stands on the east coast of Spain and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. The coastline in this region is known as the Costa Blanca and is home to such internationally renowned tourist destinations as Benidorm, Calpe, Jávea and Altea. As a Mediterranean city, it has its own distinct personality and a characteristic climate which, together with its beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty, have made Alicante one of the leading tourist destinations in Spain and Europe.
Eleven nautical miles from the city of Alicante lies the island known as La Isla de Tabarca, the only inhabited island in the whole Region of Valencia. The excellent quality of its waters and the biodiversity of its fauna have led to its official designation as a Mediterranean Marine Reserve.
The city of Alicante is home to a large selection of museums capable of satisfying the most curious and demanding of intellects. The leading institutions include the MARQ Archaeological Museum, one of Spain’s most avant-garde museums due to the innovative way in which archaeology is presented using the most hi-tech audiovisual techniques, earning it the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004.
Meanwhile, the MUBAG Museum of Fine Arts has an outstanding collection by Alicante artists from the 16th to the early 20th century. Both museums are housed in traditional Alicante buildings, which have been refurbished for use as cultural spaces.
Trips around Alicante
Elche is the Region of Valencia’s third largest city in terms of population and is the Spanish footwear capital. The mere mention of Elche immediately evokes images of its spectacular palm tree grove, El Palmeral, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of the Misteri, one of Spain’s most important cultural events, which has also been acknowledged by UNESCO as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and involves the staging of a sung two-part mediaeval drama held on 14th and 15th August.