The streets and sites of Alicante attract travelers from across the globe, thanks to a rich and diverse history, strong culture, flavorful food and truly epic scenery. Three days in this destination proves enough time to tour the town, escape the city and travel back in the past, giving visitors a chance to sample the best Alicante has to offer.
Day 1: Tour the Town
With so many historic sites to see, a day sent touring Alicate is sure to be jam packed. Stop by the Castle of Santa Barbara on the top of Mount Benacantil for a taste of ancient fortress life and incredible views of city streets. Then wander the galleries of the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, where some 80,000 pieces of history are on display. For a more contemporary look at Alicante life make a visit to the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts where the work of Spaniards line three floors of gallery space.
Day 2: Eat and Drink
The flavorful cuisine and famed wine of Alicante deserves a day all its own. Kick the morning off with a strong coffee and glass of sweet horchata from the 95-year-old Peret. Afterwards, tour the vineyards of the region on the Ruta del Vino and sample robust Cabernets and crisp cool whites. By mid-afternoon return to the terraces of Calle Castanos for creative cocktails and people watching in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. After enjoying a couple of tasty tapas, head out for a late dinner that includes one of the region’s famous dishes like rich and hearty paella or all i pebre, a hearty fish stew.
Day 3: Escape the City
Finally, spend the day on famed Tabarca Island—a nearby destination that locals call a true time capsule. Free of cars, chain stores or towering buildings, this walkable island is home to a walled town, striking church and protected wilderness. Accessible only by boat, it’s the perfect escape from the energy of Alicante and ideal for quiet respite before returning home.