One of the main draws to the city of Alicante is of course the beaches and the weather. In the heart of the city there is Postiguet beach, extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. But beaches and sunshine are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Alicante. This vibrant city has a host of top notch restaurants such as the Cerveceria Sento where you can delight in the local Tapas. Also worth a look is the Catedral de San Nicolas and the narrow steep streets of El Barrio where you can find cafes, pubs, and restaurants and maybe enjoy the unmistakeably Spanish atmosphere. Hertz have multiple locations where you can hire a car in Alicante including the International Airport, so getting to and from the city and indeed just getting around is hassle free.
The Castle of Santa Barbara dominates the Alicante's skyline. Perched atop a large rocky hill this attraction has fantastic panoramic views of the city and the surrounding areas, best viewed at sunset. It hosts a museum that displays 5000 years of history. To get to the castle there are two options, a gruelling walk or a lift, however there is a small charge for the use of the lift. If something a bit more modern is more your taste then head to the Panoramis Shopping Centre on the western causeway as it has plenty of shops and hip bars ideally suited to the younger visitors. For those of us who are culturally inclined, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante houses work by DalÝ, Sempere and Picasso to name but a few.
If you rent a car in Alicante, the whole region becomes your playpen. Just to the northeast of Alicante on the AP-7 is the tourist destination of Benidorm and its beaches. But beautiful beaches is just the start, it has a bustling nightlife for the adults and the brilliantly fun Terra Mitica amusement park for the kids.
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