Sometimes happiness is very near: it only takes two hours and a half to fly from Eindhoven Airport to Alicante. A journey from the Dutch ‘City of Light’ to the Spanish ‘City of Light’ as the Romans called Alicante. This has little to do with light bulbs but everything with the famous starry sky that fully reveals itself here at night.
The Costa Blanca needs little introduction: the beaches are pretty, the climate is always agreeable and the many cafés and restaurants provide gastronomic pleasure. The choice is rich and diverse in Alicante. There are many pleasant restaurants with fresh fish on the menu, whether or not part of the hundred rice dishes that are served here. Drinks can be had in one of the cosy pubs or trendy clubs. Night revellers will fully find what they are looking for, because Alicante is a city that never sleeps.
And there is more. Every Wednesday is market day, which means strolling along the market stalls that sell handmade ceramics, jewellery and clothes, but also plenty of fish, vegetables and fresh fruit. For sophisticated designer clothes, the regular shops in the city centre can be helpful.
Let’s admit it, the beach is calling. Yet the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum for Modern Art) is worth a visit. On display is art from the 20th century, among which the works of well-known artists such as Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso.
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara (Castle of Saint Barbara) is also worthwhile. The castle is located at a height of 166 meters and therefore offers a beautiful view over its surroundings. Roman ruins and medieval walls remind of times past. From monumental heritage to modern art and endless boulevards: Alicante is a city with different faces.
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