With its gorgeous white sandy beaches, unsurprisingly many Brits flock there to relax in the sunshine and soak up the Mediterranean sea air. You will also be able to stroll along its famous Explanada de España. The marbled mosaic walkway which stretches’ along the waterfront, wrapping itself around the coast. Its the perfect place to go shopping, get a bite to eat, or just stroll along in the moonlit evening.

One of the most recognizable features towering above the city is the famous Santa Bárbara Castle located on the top of Mount Benacantil. It is the largest medieval fortress in Spain. The castle itself house the Museum of the city of Alicante, which details the history of the city. From the outside of the castle you will be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of the city and the bay of Alicante.

Why not take a day trip to the island of Tabarca, a protective marine reserve. Try your hand at snorkeling, scuba diving and cave diving to view the wonderful marine life. If that’s not for you, why not enjoy a walking trip around the island taking in its historical buildings.

Basílica of St Mary of Alicante is the oldest active church in Alicante. It was built in the 14th century on the remains of a mosque. The church boast many style from Valencian Gothic on the outside to Baroque and Neo Classical sculptures on the inside, showing how the church has been altered throughout history.

Travelling to Alicante by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Alicante is Bilbao Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 799km away (796 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Spanish countryside, taking around 8 hours.

There are two separate Spanish to ferry ports that will get you within a 8 hour drive of Alicante (Bilbao and Santander). Where ever you live in the world, driving to Alicante should be easy with ferries arriving into Spain from England and the Republic of Ireland.