The cruise terminal is west of the marina. At the end of the terminal, you will find the Esplanada de Espana, which is a well-known park. On the east side of the terminal is El Postiguet which is a great place to enjoy the beach. Near the harbor is the Castle of Santa Barbara. The Moors started the castle in the 9th century. More than 80,000 passengers visit the port every year.
Alicante is one of the most famous towns along the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca is located on the east coast of Spain. In the south, you will find the Costa Almeria and to the north, the Costa Dorada. The population of Alicante is 340,000.
The city is known for great beaches and is visited by thousands of tourist yearly. Alicante is famous for is climate. At the harbor, you can stroll the long alleys and take in the entire view of the Mediterranean. Alicante is home to countless attractions from churches to an amazing harbor.
Latitude 38.3453° N, 0.4831° W
Language in Alicante
The official language is Spanish and everyone is required to learn it in school.
Currency in Alicante
The official currency of Spain in the Euro (€). There are many ATM’s in the city.
Opening times in Alicante
Opening times differ a lot around Spain, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.30h - 14.00h
and from 17.00h - 20.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.
Castillo de Santa Barbara
The top tourist attraction in Alicante is the 16th-century Castillo de Santa Barbara. It is a medieval castle that you won’t want to miss. It features a dungeon and drawbridges. The castle is at the top of Mount Benacantil and is the perfect place to view the Mediterranean Sea.
This beach is one stop you don’t want to miss with its charming palm trees. It is located at the center of the city and is one of the most popular beaches in the region. El Postiguet is a family beach that is crowded in the summer.
The Holy Face of Alicante
The monastery is home to a cloth used to wipe Christ’s face. The relic was obtained by Pope Nicholas V in 1453. It is believed that the relic came to Alicante when there was a severe drought. As the story goes, a tear came from Christ’s cheek and then it started to rain. The veil can now be found in a chapel at Monasterio de la Santa Faz 5 km outside Alicante.
Basilica of Santa Maria
This church was built between the 14th and 16th centuries. On the outside you will find a Baroque sculptural work by Juan Bautista Borja. On the inside, you will view a rococo altar and a baptistery from the school of Michelangelo. The church also houses a Gothic tone depiction of Santa María.
One can walk to the center of the city from his or her cruise ship. The Marina, the beach, and bars are within walking distance of the terminal. Plus the Castillo de Santa Barbara can be reached on foot.
Alicante itself is absolutely worth a visit. It's a great city to visit some tourist attractions or to relax at the beach. You can easily reach everything on foot.
Some cruise passengers opt for a shore excursion to Elche with it's beautifull Palm groves, castle and Basilica. You can reach it by public bus, train or taxi.
The average winter temperature in Alicante is 12-15 degrees Celsius. Average summer temperatures are 23-26 degrees Celsius. On average Alicante gets seven to eight rainy days a month.
Excursions in Elche
Excursions in Alicante
There's a tourist office at Plaza Puerta del Mar. You can find more information here.