Day trip to Alicante

A city of contrasts and rich gastronomy

Alicante, where History, Culture, and Coastal beauty meet

Explore the captivating blend of history, culture, and coastal beauty in Alicante. Discover ancient streets, visit the iconic Castle of Santa Barbara, and indulge in delicious cuisine. Relax on golden beaches or explore hidden coves. Experience lively festivals and immerse yourself in art and theater. Alicante offers an unforgettable getaway where past and present intertwine.

Alicante’s calendar brims with festive celebrations, such as the iconic Bonfires of San Juan, where massive bonfires illuminate the night sky in a spectacular display of tradition and joy. Delve into the city’s artistic side at the Contemporary Art Museum, or catch a performance at the renowned Teatro Principal, where music, dance, and theater converge.


 1h10 min by car from Moraira




Castle of Santa Barbara, Barrio Santa Cruz & Playa del Postiguet


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Visit the Santa Barbara Castle 

Perched majestically atop Mount Benacantil, the Castillo Santa Barbara in Alicante impresses visitors with its rich history and breathtaking views. Explore the ancient walls and hidden chambers of this imposing fortress. As you ascend, be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of Alicante’s picturesque coastline and the azure Mediterranean Sea. 


Discover the beautiful maze of Santa Cruz

The picturesque neighborhood Santa Cruz, a captivating neighborhood nestled in the heart of Alicante, is a must-see. Lose yourself in its labyrinthine streets, adorned with vibrant flowers and quaint balconies. With its picturesque beauty and old-world ambiance, Barrio Santa Cruz is a hidden gem that promises a delightful journey through Alicante’s past and present.

Enjoy the beauty of Playa del Postiguet

Alicante’s most famous beach, Playa del Postiguet, offers golden sands, azure waters, and a vibrant promenade. Relax under the Mediterranean sun, take a dip in the sea, or indulge in beachfront dining at numerous restaurants and bars.


Stroll along Explanada de España

Stroll along the iconic Explanada de España, a picturesque waterfront promenade lined with palm trees and mosaic patterns. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, browse the craft stalls, or grab a refreshing drink at one of the terrace cafés while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


From charming seaside chiringuitos to elegant fine dining establishments, the city offers a diverse range of restaurants to suit every palate. Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of traditional Spanish cuisine, savoring delicious paella, fresh seafood, and delectable tapas. Alicante is a true haven for food enthusiasts and promises unforgettable dining experiences for all.


El Portal

Step into a world of exquisite flavors and impeccable service at Portal. The decor itself is worth a visit, it changes yearly and is always completely over the top and opulent.  They have an extensive wine selection and amazing cocktails to enjoy at the bar or in the restaurant. One of our favorites for a “special treat” meal in Alicante. 


Calle Bilbao 2 

Nou Manolin 

An elegant Spanish restaurants visited by both locals and tourists. Discover a menu brimming with creative Mediterranean dishes crafted with the finest local ingredients, showcasing the region’s flavors in innovative and exquisite ways. Nou Manolin promises an unforgettable culinary journey that celebrates the essence of Alicante’s vibrant culinary scene.


C. Villegas, 3, 

Distrikt 41

Distrikt 41 is a stylish and vibrant gastropub that seamlessly blends modern sophistication with a laid-back atmosphere. From mouthwatering tapas to gourmet burgers and innovative cocktails, Distrikt 41 offers a gastronomic experience that will leave you craving for more. 



C/ Navas, 41

Templo Restaurant 

Meat lovers, this culinary haven in Alicante dedicated to the art of exceptional steaks and aged meats is waiting for you. Immerse yourself in an elegant and inviting atmosphere as you embark on a gastronomic journey that celebrates the finest cuts and flavors. Expertly prepared by skilled chefs, each dish showcases the succulent tenderness and rich flavors that only carefully aged meats can offer. 


C. Periodista Pirula Arderius, 7



1- The walk to Castle Santa Barbara is very steep and not very family-friendly. Hop on the lift or on the tourist bus (outside the lift) for a much more comfortable visit. 

2- Alicante is a safe city, with a low crime level but tourism attracts pickpockets and other scammers. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially around the main attractions. 

3 – Easiest place to park is in the Marina, where you’ll find large underground carparks. 

4- Remember that Barrio Santa Cruz is more than a tourist attraction, it’s a place where locals work and live…make sure your presence is respectful and don’t take pictures of locals unless they give you permission.