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Enjoy amazing Alicante villa rentals

The fabled gateway to the Costa Blanca is a city that pulses with life. Its maze-like old quarter gives way to a seafront that's washed by blue Mediterranean waves and shrouded by rows of palm trees. An old castle looms high, telling tales of Moorish rulers and Castilian knights. There are wild carnival celebrations and summertime fiestas to enjoy, all underpinned by the beating nightlife scene, which pushes the tapas bars and pulsing clubs of the marina and El Barrio area into overdrive. Seek out Alicante holiday lettings here for your taste of good vibes, rich history and more, on the Spanish coast.

History

Explore Spain's past from your Alicante holiday let

It's likely you'll be able to see the muscular outline of the great Castle of Santa Barbara hulking high above Alicante town, wherever it is you're staying. It heralds a long history – finds inside and elsewhere on its Mount Benacantil perch indicate the city has been going since before the times of the Romans. Head up in the elevator that runs from Avenue de Juan Bautista Lafora and you can wander battlements where Spanish knights and Moorish soldiers once stood. The Archaeological Museum of Alicante sits below. It helps to chronicle the tale of the city, with artefacts dating from the Stone Age to the medieval ages.

Things to do

Amazing beaches near Alicante holiday homes

  • Postiguet Beach is the epicentre of Alicante life, drawing tanning bodies to its yellow sands and street entertainers to the nearby promenade
  • Hop to the rugged island of Tabarca to don the snorkel and explore secluded coves
  • San Juan Playa sits a little to the east, fringed by plenty of seaside Alicante holiday cottages and golf courses
  • Gorgeous Guardamar del Segura has ochre-hued sands and scented pine forests tumbling down to its popular shoreline
Activities

Activities and attractions in Alicante

Are you looking for things to do in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Alicante a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Skate Park Monte Tossal (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Jose Rico Perez Stadium (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Alenda Golf Course (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Rio Safari Elche (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
  • Municipal Aquarium of Santa Pola (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Alicante

If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 31°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Alicante

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Alicante is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Palmeral of Elche (12.7 mi / 20.5 km)
  • Explanada de Espana (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Parque de Canalejas (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Postiguet Beach (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • El Palmeral Park (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Albufereta Beach (2.5 mi / 4 km)
Transport

Transport options to and around Alicante

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

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

Food & drink 

Sample the foodie delights of Alicante

Alicante is a great place to get stuck into Spanish cuisine. Seafood and rice dishes remain the mainstay of the Costa Blanca region. Paella is the most iconic creation, cooked either in the country style, with chicken, duck and rabbit, or with salty prawns and fish cuts straight from the Med. The tapas culture of Andalusia also makes its mark. You'll find oodles of bars cooking up small platters all around the old town of Alicante. Grilled aubergines, ham bruschetta, garlic shrimps, deep-fried calamari – the range of dishes is sure to have something you'll love.

Essential info

Facts to know about Alicante

  • The population of Alicante is 330,000
  • The currency in Alicante is the euro
  • Alicante villa rentals tend to be busiest in the summer months, between June and August – book early, if you're coming then
  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Spain
  • Tips of 10% are normal in the restaurants and bars of Alicante
Night life

The buzzing nightlife of Alicante

Stags and hens, 18–30s groups and local students all pack the bars of Alicante's historic centre to create a medley of beating dance floors and sleepless beer halls that's irresistible to the hedonistic traveller. The district known as El Casco Antiguo is, in many ways, the perfect introduction to the resorts of the Costa Blanca – it's a multicultural hodgepodge of DJ-driven discos that slosh with shots and colourful cocktails. The seafront can be a little more refined. People head there when the sun starts to dip, for the ritual of an evening aperitif.

Where to stay around Alicante?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,040 holiday lettings near Alicante. From 269 Villas to 333 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Alicante for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Alicante:

  • Playa de San Juan: 369 holiday homes
  • Campoamor: 371 holiday homes
  • Centro: 259 holiday homes
  • L'Albufereta: 117 holiday homes
  • Benalúa: 222 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Alicante?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Alicante. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Alicante Harbour: 1,481 holiday lettings
  • Alicante (YJE-Alicante Train Station): 2,121 holiday lettings
  • Alicante Golf Course: 2,404 holiday lettings
  • Museum of the City of Alicante: 2,102 holiday lettings
  • Alicante Town Hall: 2,114 holiday lettings

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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Alicante?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 269 Villas in Alicante. Our other popular types of Alicante holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 333 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 1,250 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 120 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Alicante?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,125 holiday homes with pool available in Alicante. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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