The heart of the Costa Blanca is Alicante, a thriving metropolis wrapped around a natural harbor in use for almost 10,000 years. The Mediterranean sunshine smiles on seven sweet kilometers of sand, covered with umbrellas and bathers throughout the summer months.
The usual assortment of festive bars and clubs, excellent restaurants, and high-rise hotels line the palm-fringed Playa Postiguet, along with the city's famed pedestrian promenade, the elaborately tiled Explanada de España.
And, in between enjoying the amusements of Alicante's endless summer, you could visit one of its three excellent archaeological museum or the 9th-century Castle of Santa Barbara, a remnant of Alicante's Moorish days.
Alicante is the Costa Blanca's most important city, a coastal resort town and tourist destination in its own right, but also the region's economic and transportation hub.
An array of taxis, buses, and airport shuttles connect ALC to Alicante proper and the rest of the Costa Blanca, and a train station is in the works. The city of Alicante has two train stations, with direct connections to major cities in Spain.