Introduction to Alicante
Alicante province (or region) is situated in the southeast Spanish coast, south of Valencia province and north of Murcia province. This part of the coast is also known by the name Costa Blanca. The capital of the region is called Alicante, same name as the province.
What is the main attraction here in Alicante?
The sun!! Its climate and its beaches. More than 218 km of coastline full of soft sand beaches washed by calmed waters and 2.800 hours of sunshine per year make of Alicante a very nice and welcoming place to spend your holidays.
What else can you do in Alicante?
Well… many things!! If you would like more information about things to do in Alicante province, maps and useful travel information, please visit this page Alicante.
Now we would like to help you organising planning and preparing your trip to visit us. In the following lines you will find links to websites where you can find pretty much everything you need to organise your holidays to the Costa Blanca.
Step 1 – How to get there?
Alicante´s nearest airports are El Altet, Murcia and Valencia.
Different companies can bring you here. Some of them are Easyjet, Ryainair, Iberia or you could search for many companies and prices in one hit through one of the available search engines like Tripox.
If you come by land, the main motorways connecting us are A7 coming from the south (Murcia) and the north (Barcelona/Valencia) all along the coast and the A31 coming from the west (Albacete/Madrid). For distances between main cities and Alicante you can Google Maps.
Distances from Alicante to Madrid 323 miles/520km, Barcelona 332 miles/534km, Sevilla 430 miles/692km, Valencia 149 miles/239 km, Albacete 107miles/173km, Murcia 52miles/83km.
By train from other Spanish cities look at Renfe.
Step 2 – Where to stay?
Near the beach
There are many sites to book hotels and apartments near the beach. These sites offer a booking service that could be useful for you.
Central de Reservas
Inland /Rural areas
There are also booking services specialised in rural accommodations places to look for accommodation.
Buying a House in Spain
You could have your own Villa here in Alicante and visit us as often as you wish. There are many websites to find the perfect place for you. Here you will find some of them.
Alicante Luxury Homes. An interesting web site specialise in sales of luxury homes in Alicante City and the surrounding area.
Step 3 – Getting from the airport
Buses to Alicante city
Onward train connections from Alicante to the coast (Villajoyosa, Benidorm, El Albir, Altea, Calpe, etc.).
Download here a map with all the lines and stops. The stops in Alicante city are the first ones on each line; Mercado and Puerta del Mar. Mercado is on this map and Puerta del Mar on this other map.
Direct transfers to any location.
Step 4 – How to get around/ Things to do
You could take one of the coastal train lines. See more info here
You could hire a car. There are many options available; Europcar, Rentacar, Avis, Hertz
There are local buses within Alicante city and to other villages nearby like San Juan, Campello, Muchamiel, Santa Pola, Guardamar, Torrevieja, etc
As there are many different companies running those bus lines, we recommend you to contact one of the tourist offices by email or telephone and they will tell you which bus line to take. Alternatively you can contact us and we will help you as much as we can.
To find out what to do in Alicante province (get maps, timetables for buses, shows, local fiestas, museums, etc.) visit one of our Tourist Information Offices
Step 5 – Relax and Book a Mandarinablue tour
Relax and enjoy your holidays!
If you do not have a car and/or you are interested in visiting other towns or areas nearby your accommodation, you can visit our day-trips section. They can offer you a great travel experience to complement your holiday.
Useful for your holidays in Spain
Online Conversions (from Km to miles, Kg to Lbs, currencies, etc).
Spanish for Travellers (phrases and audios to learn a few useful phrases in Spanish).
Flight Status (flights, airports, airlines information, etc.).
Check our Links section for more travel links.
Please visit our Blog site to read about the mandarinablue experiences and see some more pictures.