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Amazing Alicante—one of Spain's best-kept secrets

While it might not be as well known as Madrid or Barcelona, the seaside city of Alicante packs just as much of a punch. Located within the scenic Costa Blanca region, Alicante is a historic port on Spain's eastern coast that's known for its bustling downtown and lively harborfront, along with a wealth of broad, sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. There's plenty to see in the area, and your central Alicante vacation rental will put you a hop, skip, and jump from local sights like the mountaintop Castle of Santa Barbara, the Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria, and the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art.

Things to do

Art for art's sake (and yours, too) in Alicante

After a good long roast on Alicante's beaches, you'll find there's lots to see in the area. A trip up Mount Benacantil to the Castle of Santa Barbara will reward you with scenic views of the city and the surrounding sea, as well as tours of the venerable 9th-century fortress itself. At the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, you can peruse permanent collections and rotating exhibits of the works of some of the biggest names in modern art, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali.

Activities

Visit the coast with the most in Alicante

Soaking up the sun is the order of the day in Alicante. You'll find a number of wide, sandy beaches in the area, and Postiguet Beach is one of the most popular. Here, you'll find plenty of space for sunbathing and other waterfront activities, as well as a boardwalk lined with palm trees and dotted with cafes. San Juan Beach boasts a thriving nighttime scene, and beachfront bonfires can be seen throughout the summer months. The city hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, the biggest of which is the Bonfires of Saint John, an exuberant celebration held each year around the summer solstice.

Weather

Sensational, sunny seasons in scenic seaside Spain

Alicante has a semi-arid climate, with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters, without much rainfall throughout the year. Summer highs average around 87 degrees in July and August, while average winter temperatures range from the mid 40s to the low 60s between December and February. Spring and fall are relatively warm, but September, October, and November are the city's wettest months, so plan accordingly. Summer is the city's busiest season, and you'll be more likely to score killer Alicante vacation rentals during the cooler, quieter winter months.

Natural features

Just coasting along in maritime Alicante

Alicante lies on the eastern coast of Spain, in the Costa Blanca region along the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. The area features sandy beaches interspersed with rocky coastline, and fishing, boating, and swimming are popular pastimes. While the city itself is fairly built up, nature lovers can spot plenty of species of wildlife along the region's ample shoreline, including crabs, herons, gulls, and terns, as well as several types of fish. With an Alicante vacation rental, the scenic waterfront playground of the Costa Blanca will be right at your fingertips.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Alicante

Fly into Alicante (ALC-Alicante Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Alacant Terminal Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Alicante?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,166 vacation rentals near Alicante. From 256 Villas to 384 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alicante for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Alicante?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Alicante:

  • Alicante City Centre: 267 vacation rentals
  • Playa de San Juan: 364 vacation rentals
  • L'Albufereta: 104 vacation rentals
  • Raval Roig: 318 vacation rentals
  • Pla del Bon Repòs: 270 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Alicante?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Alicante. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alicante Harbour: 1,399 vacation rentals
  • Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art: 2,210 vacation rentals
  • Alicante Golf Course: 2,515 vacation rentals
  • Explanada de Espana: 2,224 vacation rentals
  • Alicante (YJE-Alicante Train Station): 2,223 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Alicante listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Alicante?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 256 Villas in Alicante. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alicante include:

  • Houses: 384 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,290 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 129 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Alicante?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,183 vacation rentals with pool available in Alicante. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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