Alicante was one spur of a moment trip. Cheap last minute flights from the airport down the road. A bit of relaxing time just before the Christmas madness starts.
At first I had my doubts going on a sun holiday at the end of October. Would it be warm enough? Will there be something to do? But the weather really took as by surprise and it was 28 °C (82.4 °F) on average most of the days – a big change from rainy Ireland of 10 °C (50 °F).
Where did we stay?
Alicante is quite this time of the year. If you are a party lover there is not much to do around weekdays. As we like a bit of buzz, we chose to stay in city and not in close by tourist places like Playa de San Juan. We booked a B&B right on the edge of old town – short walk of all the amenities. La Milagrosa B&B is located Barri area, old quarters of Alicante, just 5 min from centre and Postiguet beach. We loved the stay in B&B, it had continental breakfast and free high speed wi-fi included in the price, also bed was comfortable enough. The breakfast howerver was on a roof top terrace overlooking Santa Maria Church and with views of Santa Barbara Castle, we loved it.
Where to eat in Alicante? – Tapas & Restaurants
Between the foot of Mount Benacantil and Rambla Méndez Núñez lies “el Barrio” area. Enchanted with narrow cobblestone streets and steps, small white houses and old buildings with balconies decorated with flower pots, filled with small taverns, Cerveserias, tapas bars, restaurants and plazas, where to sit soak up the charming atmosphere. It is a lively neighborhood by day and night.
Here we found one of our favorite Tapas bars – d’Tablas. Its setting was simple: on entry you are issued a card for the table, waiters are walking around the tables offering tapas, each time you pick a tapa and waiter marks it on your card. 1 tapa = €0.90, 1 caña (cerveza) = €0,60 – 1 small glass of beer. Simples! Ask for dessert if you desire one, once you are full pay the bill. As you can see in photo we really enjoyed the tapas…
Also worth mentioning is Akasaka – Japanese restaurant on Rambla Méndez Núñez. Really good sushi, we also ordered duck with noodles and were pleasantly surprised – good size portion and very tasty.
Also Akasaka offers “all you can eat” buffet just under €20 – order as many items from menu as you wish, but the rule is you have to eat it all. Also the items with the small triangle is at extra cost.
Also we found that common saying “Don’t eat at marina restaurants, its very expensive, go further into city to get a better deal” is not entirely true in Alicante. We found it actually the other way around, restaurants on Esplanada d’Espanya offer very reasonable prices compared to some restaurants in the old quarter. Also they offered day menus. But if you want some cheap meals you will have to go outside the el Barrio area.
But if you don’t wish to go that far out check out restaurants in Plaza Santísima Faz. You can get half roasted chicken for €10 or fish of the day around €14, also they offered paella dishes around €10 for one person where most restaurants only offer paella for minimum 2 people. I found this very useful as our tastes in food don’t match, Andris loves seafood paella, but I prefer chicken and veg paella.
What to in Alicante?
Alicante is a port city and has a lovely marina, here you will also find restaurants and bars. During night time marina becomes livelier once the night clubs open around 11, but don’t expect it to be busy at this time – nightlife kicks in well after 12 am and expect to be here till first light.
Alicante’s old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has lot to offer picturesque narrow streets, colored houses, restaurants & tapas, also here you will find lively nightlife scene.
For breathtaking views take the elevator or if you are up for a hike – steep climb leads to the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara – set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast.
Enjoy sun and free time at the many beaches around the area or chill in a cafe or tapas bar. If you are into shopping look no further – Alicante has a lot of shopping malls and shops for everyone from bargain hunter to high street and designer shops to choose from.
If you are not into shopping or a beach person – rent a bike or visit many museums around Alicante.
Check out our recent article – 6 things to do in Alicante for more detailed information on what to do in Alicante.
Getting to Alicante from airport is easy – take airport Subus bus C6 from departure area on second floor. Daily Service runs from 06:00 to 23:00. More info and bus stops click here. Outside these times you will have to take taxi. It cost us €3.85 each to Alicante by C6 bus and €23 to airport from La Milagrosa B&B by taxi as we had to at the airport before 6 am.
*Correct as of October 2016