Weekend Breaks to Alicante
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Top 10 Things in Alicante on a Short Break
The fort is located on the hill which overlooks the bay and the provincial capital. It was originally erected by the Carthaginians in 400 B.C. and was then later used by the Romans and Arabs.
The fort features drawbridges, tunnelled entrances, guardrooms, a bakery, hospitals, dungeons and barracks. Once on the top of the castle, visitors will be treated with the most majestical views of the ocean and surrounding area.
Admission is done via a lift and costs $2.9. Opening times depends on the season, Summer 10:00am - 19:30pm and Winter 09:00am - 18:30pm.
For further information, visitors can contact Tel: (+34) 96 526 31 31.
The museum is housed in one of the city's oldest buildings and is situated in Plaza de Santa Maria 3. The building was originally constructed in 1685 as a granary. The restored building now is home to wonderful works of art by renowned artists such as Miro, Calder, Cocteau, Vasarely, Dali, Picasso, and Tapies.
The museum is open Tue - Sat 10:00am - 14:009m & 16:00pm - 20:00pm, Sun 10:30am - 14:30pm. Admission is free of charge.
Situated in Urbanizacion Altea Hills, N-332. The hotel is located in a nature reserve, which radiates unspoilt beauty along with its hills and Mediterranean surroundings. The resort is elegantly decorated and is equipped with 105 suites altogether, including 1 presidential suite. All the rooms are equipped with a full bathroom, a telephone, air-conditioning, satellite TV, a fax machine and wireless Internet connection, a safety deposit box and a beautiful terrace which offers the most amazing views of the ocean.
The resort is equipped with a restaurant, cafeteria and a bar, which offer mouth-watering International and local dishes. The hotel has 3 luxurious lake style swimming pools and 1 heated indoor pool. It has a spa centre and a gym.
For more information, visit their website on www.meliaalteahillsresort.solmelia.com
The hotel is located on Plaza Puerta del Mar, 3. The hotel was constructed in 1973 and features 545 double rooms. The hotel is so large that is makes all the buildings in the surrounding area seem dwarf like. The bedrooms are painted in beautiful, bright sunny colours, giving it a very joyous atmosphere. The rooms are equipped with balconies, ensuring wonderful views of sweeping panoramas and sailboats that litter the nearby marina.
The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar and heating facilities. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, a beautiful pool, room service, a fitness centre which houses a sauna and a babysitting and laundry service.
For more information, visit their website on www.solmelia.com
The restaurant is located on Cesar Elquezabel 64, and was originally built as a wine bar in 1936. It has changed very little over the years and still to this day retains its historical atmosphere. The restaurant offers a wonderful selection of succulent food, including fresh fish, which is laid out within the dining room on a sun-bleached plank of an antique fishing boat. Their specialities include dishes such as slices of cured ham served with fresh melon, shellfish soup with mussels, savoury filet beef seasoned with garlic, and a large selection of grilled hake, sea bass, and shellfish.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 96 521 17 64.
The restaurant is located on the Explanada d'Espanya. Situated right on the waterfront of Costa Blanca, it is one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The restaurant was established in 1960 and has been going strong ever since, offering a selection of 148 different paellas. Some of the specialities served by the restaurant includes dishes such as smooth crab soup flavoured with Armagnac and arroz con bacalao y costar de ajo, which is a paella filled with salt cod, thinly sliced garlic and potatoes and topped off with a light egg crust.
Reservations are only required for lunch time and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 96 520 75 89.
Located on Calle Villegas 3. The restaurant was established in 1972 and is very well favoured amongst locals for its selection of 50 tapas which is served on a daily basis, serving everything from shrimp in garlic sauce to batter-fried fresh anchovies. The restaurant features tiled walls and uniformed staff, which add to the elegant ambience of the restaurant. The menu focuses mainly on a selection of paellas, but includes many great dishes consisting of fish which is cooked in a salt crust, many different kinds of stews, fresh shellfish, and a wide selection of Iberian wines.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 96 520 03 68.
Located on Paseo Gadeo. The market is held every evening and is the place where all the local artists in Alacante display their works. The market is always littered by people and features exciting displays of the latest creations made by very talented artists. Visitors can expect to find everything from traditional paintings to modern sculptures. Admission is free of charge.
The museum is housed in a building which was once used as a 17th century prison and a munitions store. The museum features a stunning collection of 20th century artworks, featuring artists such as Gris, Miro, Picasso and Dali, as well as some Spanish painters such as Chillida, Mompo and Zobel. Placed right are the entrance to the museum, you will find a moveable chromed steel sculpture named Venice de Eusebio Sempere, which makes interesting visual effects when turned.
The tiny island is located just 10 km off the coast of Alacante. It was once a pirate base where they would sit on the beach and play with their peg-legs in the sand. It features a medieval fort, a beautiful beach and a gorgeous selection of little seafood restaurants.
This offers a wonderful day trip opportunity as travellers can take a glass bottomed boat trip from Alacante. Entertainment available is snorkelling along the marine reserves of the island and submerging in a small yellow submarine which makes the short distance trip from the Tabarca harbour.
Sella, in the mountains - Natural Attraction
Take the little train to Villajoiosa and then turn inland, 16 km to the beautiful village of Sella - good resrtaurants. Few tourists, places to stay and walks and mountain paths to explore.
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