Attractions Nearby Alicante, Day Trips and Excursions
(Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain)
Alicante is well-placed for exploration of the surrounding area, with many top attractions just a short distance away. Some of the premier attractions in the Alicante region include the sunny beaches of nearby resort of Benidorm, and the Penon de Ifach (Rock of Ifach) in the town of Calpe.
Further attractions close to Alicante include the holiday resort of Denia - which offers catamaran connections with Ibiza, the island of Tabarca - a beautiful Marine Reserve known for its scenic views, the vibrant city of Valencia - famous for its modern attractions at the City of Arts and Science, and the fishing town of Santa Pola.
Benidorm is a major coastal resort and can be easily reached from the city, being situated around 28 miles / 45 km north of Alicante. Home to a wealth of major night spots, entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and bars, Benidorm's main attractions are its beautiful stretches of sandy beaches.
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In recent years, Valencia has reinvented itself as a world-class tourist destination. Around 177 km / 110 miles from Alicante, with the journey from Alicante lasting less than two hours, Valencia features many superb attractions, both old and new. Valencia is a busy university city, with around 60,000 students and a population of more than 745,000. In the heart of Valencia you will find the historic Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the largest public square in the city. Many people choose to travel from Alicante just to visit Valencia's breathtaking City of Arts and Science (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), a wonderful modern development containing perhaps the city's most prominent attractions - the Palace of the Arts, the Oceanographic Park, the Prince Felipe Science Museum and the Planetarium, all of which are equally impressive.
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Regular ferries travel between Alicante and Ibiza, with the island standing around 212 km / 132 miles northeast of Alicante and a population of approximately 110,000. Known for its exciting party atmosphere and range of night attractions, there is much more to Ibiza than you would expect. Part of the sunny Balearic Islands, Ibiza offers a 200 km / 125 mile coastline, with in excess of 50 beaches. Other popular tourist attractions in Ibiza include historic city walls, illuminated caves, a historic cathedral, and a selection of surprising art galleries. Many visitors from Alicante travel to Ibiza for its many recreational attractions, which include all kinds of water sports, golfing and hiking.
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Situated on the northern outskirts, the town of Calpe stands around 39 miles / 63 km from Alicante. Famous throughout the area for being home to the Penon de Ifach (Rock of Ifach), the largest rock in the Mediterranean which is now a nature reserve, measuring more than 300 metres / 91 feet, Calpe is a popular excursion and offers many scenic, coastal walking trails. Other attractions in Calpe include a number of speciality shops, seafood restaurants and fishing trips.
Close to Alicante and standing on the northern side of Javea, Denia lies approximately 55 miles / 86 km from the Alicante area. Offering high-speed catamaran ferry connections to Ibiza and other nearby islands, Denia is a thriving holiday resort. Attractions in Denia include the Montgó Mountain and National Park, more than 20 km / 13 miles of beaches, water sports, an excellent toy museum and the town's historic 11th-century castle (Castillo), which dominates the centre of Denia.
Around 20 km / 12 miles south of Alicante, the town Santa Pola is known for its large harbour and thriving fishing industry. Notable beach attractions in Santa Pola include the Gran Playa, the Playa Lisa and also Santa Pola del Este. In the centre of Santa Pola, visitors from Alicante often visit the 16th-century Castillo Fortaleza de Santa Pola, a grand fortress which stands on the Plaza del Castillo, with two popular museums located nearby.
The Tabarca Island, an important Marine Reserve, can be found just 10 miles / 16 km from the southeastern side of Alicante and is an important part of the local Alicante community. Actively promoting tourism, the island of Tabarca features many quiet areas to escape from the crowds, and a good range of accommodation, often offering spectacular views.