For many visitors to Spain's popular Costa Blanca coast, Alicante is the first location in Spain that they see. Those who take the time to investigate soon realize that there is more to Alicante than its airport.
Benidorm is the key attraction here for plenty of visitors, with its party atmosphere that has been attracting tourists for many years. Those who choose to stay in Alicante itself have plenty of things to do and see.
The city dates back to Roman times and still has remains from that era. There is also, of course, a much more modern side to the city. La Zona and El Barrio both offer exciting entertainment right into the evening, while the beaches are surrounded by bars, restaurants and more.
Alicante has a number of excellent restaurants, specializing in rice and fish dishes, with paella being popular with both locals and visitors.
Elsewhere, the city's marina provides an excellent experience – a great place to relax and enjoy a meal, making use of the shady outdoor eating to avoid the heat of the day.
The old town offers both history and culture. Wandering around this area, known locally as El Barrio, time almost seems to stand still. You can enjoy strolling around, taking in the pleasant atmosphere of this intriguing city, the second largest in the Valencia region of Spain.
Fortunately, it's never been easier to enjoy the delights of Alicante. Flybe, the budget airline, are really starting to specialize in providing cheap flights to the likes of Alicante and other European resorts.
Flights depart frequently from many of the UK's regional airports, including Southampton and Exeter down on the south coast.