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A Photographic Journey through Alicante’s Old Town

By on 15/07/2017

So, let’s talk about Alicante! I know what you’re thinking – cheap package holidays, stag and hen parties, masses of tourists… But let me stop you there. Yes, you can find all this, if you go to some resorts. Just look a little deeper, and you will see that there’s so much more to this historic town than resorts.

Alicante Spain Beach Castle Old Town

Postiguet Beach and Santa Barbara Castle, Alicante

Alright, it’s a busy tourist destination, and I’ve met plenty of travellers who proudly proclaim that they do not visit over-touristy destinations. But I personally believe that this is a ‘cut-your-nose-to-spite-your-face’ attitude.

Have they ever stopped to think about why are busy tourist destinations so popular? I can guarantee that the vast majority of the time, if not always, it is because they are beautiful places that offer something that cannot be found anywhere else. That’s why it has attracted visitors in the first place. And this is the case with Alicante.

Alicante Spain Old Town

Alicante Old Town

Yes, it has fantastic beaches, resorts and a buzzing nightlife – but we all know that already. I want to draw people’s attention to the beauty of the old town of Alicante. And what better way of doing this than to offer some photographic evidence of its charming historic quarter.

Alicante Town Hall

An intricate Baroque building right in the centre of town, the Town Hall was built in the 18th century. It’s covered with delightful architectural details and you can also visit the interior and its famous Salón Azul (Blue Room).

Alicante Spain Old Town Hall

Alicante Town Hall

Alicante Spain Old Town

The Town Hall seen from the back streets of the Old Town

Santa Barbara Castle

Built in the 9th century during the time of Muslim Spain, Santa Barbara Castle sits on top of an outcrop overlooking Alicante City. It is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and it offers fantastic views and great photo opportunities.

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Located at the foot of Santa Barbara Castle, the Barrio de Santa Cruz is where the old Muslim Quarter once was. It has the cutest houses, all of them unique, and the best views over the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

In the Barrio de Santa Cruz life happens outdoors

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

‘Gardens’ of Barrio de Santa Cruz, Alicante

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

Barrio de Santa Cruz, Alicante

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

Enjoying the evening breeze in Barrio de Santa Cruz

Mirador de Santa Cruz

This viewpoint is the highest point of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, from which you have spectacular panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

View of Alicante Old Town from the Mirador de Santa Cruz

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

Mirador de Santa Cruz, Alicante

Alicante Spain Barrio Santa Cruz Old Town

Rooftops of Alicante

Where to stay in Alicante

Airbnb

Alicante Spain Airbnb

 

A lot of the little houses within Alicante’s Barrio de Santa Cruz and within other areas of the Old Town are available to rent through Airbnb.

Get your £30 credit on your first booking with Airbnb here.


Luxury Stay

Alicante Spain Palacio Salvatti SuitesPalacio Salvetti Suites

Right in the centre of the Old Town, Palacio Salvetti Suites has one of the best-rated locations in Alicante. These apartments have kept the original palatial-style interior, and every unit has its own kitchen. They also offer a number of services you would find in a top rated hotel.

Would you like more info? Click for Tripadvisor reviews.

Do you like what you see? Book it here.

Alicante Spain Hospes Amerigo HotelHotel Hospes Amérigo

Set in a 19th-century Dominican Convent in Alicante’s old town, Hospes Amérigo is within 50 yards of the cathedral and Alicante Town Hall and 4 minutes walk from the beach. It offers beautiful views of Alicante Cathedral and Santa Bárbara Castle and it has a free rooftop spa with sauna, pool and gym.

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Do you like what you see? Book it here.


Mid-Range Stay

Alicante Spain Hostal Les Monges PalaceLes Monges Palace Boutique

This boutique hotel is located in a historical building from 1902. It retains original features, such as ornate tiled floors, wooden beams and oil paintings. Only a few minutes walk from the beach and the marina, it is next to Alicante Town Hall, the cathedral. It also has a rooftop with views over the Old Town and the castle.

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Do you like what you see? Book it here.

Alicante Spain Eurostars Mediterranea PlazaEurostars Mediterranea Plaza

Set in the historic city centre, next to Alicante Town Hall, Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza is 100 yards from Alicante’s Postiguet Beach. It has a roof terrace with city and sea views and it offers a free sauna and gym. The elegant Mediterranea Plaza offers modern, air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and a minibar.

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Do you like what you see? Book it here.


Budget Stay

Alicante Spain Loft Teatro PrincipalLoft Teatro Principal

This apartment is 10 minutes walk from the beach and 350 yards from Procathedral of San Nicolás de Bari. Close to the Central Market in Alicante, this property is equipped with a kitchen with a microwave and it features free WiFi and a balcony.

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Do you like what you see? Book it here.

Alicante Spain Hotel MaritimoHotel Maritimo

Rooms at the Hotel Maritimo are simple yet elegant and bright, with plenty of natural light. They all have an en suite bathroom and the hotel has a 24-hour reception. Located in the historic city centre, Postiguet Beach is 750 yards away. There is also good access to the bus and train stations.

Would you like more info? Click for Tripadvisor reviews.

Do you like what you see? Book it here.

Or if you have specific requirements, click through to Booking.com to narrow down your options to suit your own needs.

Planning to explore further afield?

If you would like to get out of the city, driving yourself along the coastal road and visiting the villages nearby, can be a great option. But car hire is not cheap, so here is a 5% discount for Holiday Auto comparison site so you can get the best deal from a wide range of providers.


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Disclosure: A big thank you to the Spanish Tourist Office, Costa Blanca and IgersLondon, who hosted me during my time in Alicante. As always, all views are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

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  1. Reply

    Mindi Hirsch

    15/07/2017

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Alicante lately. Based on your beautiful photos, the rumors seem to be true.

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/07/2017

      It was a bit unexpected for me. Sun and beach are all I knew from Alicante, but the Old Town is just so beautiful! Very photogenic indeed! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Rosalie

    16/07/2017

    I absolutely LOVE your photography – you’ve really captured the essence of the city! My former flatmate is from Alicante and this post has me wondering why on earth I haven’t visited yet haha
    Rosalie // rosaliegoes.co

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/07/2017

      Thank you Rosalie. I’m so happy that you enjoyed my photos! You should definitely go and visit your former flatmate. Not only is the city gorgeous, but it’s surrounded by quaint and beautiful villages too 🙂

  3. Reply

    Anna

    16/07/2017

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! I love discovering new places, especially in Spain. I’ve added it to my list of places I can’t wait to visit 🙂

    • Reply

      Teresa

      16/07/2017

      Thanks Anna! So glad you liked it. It’s definitely worth a visit. And if you can go around 23rd-24th June, you will also experience their Fogueres, when they burn these incredible paper mache sculptures in the streets all through the city 🙂

  4. Reply

    Olivia

    16/07/2017

    What a beautiful place! I’d never even heard of it before. I get what you mean about the whole won’t-go-there-because-it’s-too-touristy mentality. Obviously, the touristy places are so popular for a reason. This place is just gorgeous!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      17/07/2017

      Thanks for your comment Olivia. I think people are missing out on beautiful places just because they are popular. It’s just a question of picking the best time to go if you want to avoid crowds I think. And yes, Alicante is just so beautiful! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Kathy

    17/07/2017

    Wow! What an amazing place. The castle built into the rocky hilltop and the pretty buildings in the narrow laneways make this a gorgeous place. I could easily wile away a bit of time here!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      17/07/2017

      It’s such a beautiful place! I loved getting lost through the narrow alleyways and enjoying the views 🙂

  6. Reply

    Stacey

    17/07/2017

    Your pictures are stunning! How did you ever leave? I really like the door with the tiles around it. I kinda want to do that with my door. Beautiful beaches and colorful houses; yep, I’m ready to go!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      17/07/2017

      Thank you Stacey. I’m so glad you liked my photos. It was hard to leave actually. I could have spent a lifetime within those narrow streets. Everything is so full of detail! 🙂

  7. Reply

    Brian Neale

    17/07/2017

    Alicante is one of my favourite Spanish Cities that i have visited . I have been to Alicante on a couple of occasions . Visited the castle of Santa Barbara walked along the colourful ESPLANADA. With it’s very colourful tiled walk way on two occasions all the way along too.
    And the lovely marina and the commercial centre lovely shops and stores in there;
    Should try horchata too while there it is delicious to drink.

    • Reply

      Teresa

      17/07/2017

      Thanks Brian! It has become one of my favourite Spanish cities too. It has so much to offer! The old town is only a small part of it. And I agree… horchata is delicious! 😊

  8. Reply

    Diana

    17/07/2017

    You are so right!! Places that have tons of tourists are absolutely guaranteed to be gorgeous just as these streets are!! Loved all the pics.
    Cheers
    Diana

    • Reply

      Teresa

      17/07/2017

      Thanks Diana. I think it’s a shame that people miss out on absolutely gorgeous place because of this attitude. But hey, more room for us! 😉

  9. Reply

    Zainab

    18/07/2017

    Such lovely warm colours! This is an instagram lover’s heaven!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      18/07/2017

      Thanks Zainab! It really is Instagram heaven. It’s so easy to spend hours taking photos of this gorgeous city!

  10. Reply

    Stefan

    20/07/2017

    Great post, photos and detailed information! 🙂

    • Reply

      Teresa

      20/07/2017

      Thanks Stefan. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  11. Reply

    Maria

    20/07/2017

    I’ve been there a few years ago and loved it! Your pictures are vibrant and very representative!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      20/07/2017

      Thanks Maria! It’s such a vibrant city! I’m so happy your enjoyed the photos 🙂

  12. Reply

    Sandy N Vyjay

    21/07/2017

    Your pictures bring alive vibrantly the beauty of Alicante, old town. The place has a pristine and old world charm about it which is so endearing. I am with you when you talk about some travelers dismissing off certain places as ‘touristy’. So if we visit Paris, can one skip the Eiffel tower, just because you deem yourself a traveler and not a tourist!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      21/07/2017

      Thank you Sandy. You have put it so well with the Eiffel Tower example. Imagine skipping sites like that because they’re too touristy. What a loss!

  13. Reply

    meg

    21/07/2017

    This looks like a charming spot! Spain is a magnificent country with so much to offer. These photos have me wishing I was back there!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      21/07/2017

      Ah thanks Meg! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed my photos. The more I discover about Spain, the more I love my birth country 🙂

  14. Reply

    Oursweetadventures

    23/07/2017

    The tourist destinations are popular for a reason just like you said. Digging deeper into those destinations reveals hidden gems like old town. That area is beautiful in its own way. Incredible buildings and history portrayed here. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply

      Teresa

      24/07/2017

      Indeed! I think there’s a lot more to some destinations than what people give them credit for, and Alicante is one of those places. It’s all about looking a bit deeper 🙂

  15. Reply

    neha

    23/07/2017

    It’s indeed an old charming town. Good to see that there are accommodation options suiting every budget group. And glad that you put together this information. The ancient lanes and buildings look so beautiful.

    • Reply

      Teresa

      24/07/2017

      Thank you Neha! Alicante has so much to offer! And I just fell in love with the old town 🙂

  16. Reply

    Kevin del Prado

    23/07/2017

    Never heard of this town before until I read your post. Wow! Didn’t know there is an old town in Spain that looks surreal. Amazing photography! I felt like I had been there already,

    • Reply

      Teresa

      24/07/2017

      Thanks Kevin! Spain is full of hidden little gems like this one. I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  17. Reply

    One Tech Traveller

    23/07/2017

    Wow I haven’t been to Alicante before, but it looks like such a lovely place. Your imagery captures the heart of it and feels like I’m there. Thank you very much!

    • Reply

      Teresa

      24/07/2017

      It is really lovely. So full of character and beautiful architecture! The food is amazing too if you ever get the chance to visit. So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  18. Reply

    Bruce Schinkel

    24/07/2017

    You’re absolutely right, this is such a beautiful place to visit! Thanks so much for showing this side of Alicante Old Town

    • Reply

      Teresa

      24/07/2017

      Thanks Bruce! Alicante deserves a lot more recognition (aside from sun and beaches) than it gets. I just love its Old Town! 🙂

  19. Reply

    JoAnnah

    26/07/2017

    Oh so pretty! I love all the photos. Makes me want to spend my money and go! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply

      Teresa

      29/07/2017

      Hehe. I know the feeling! There are so many places to go and see, but Alicante should be on everyone’s bucket list for sure! 🙂

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