Five Of The Best Day Trips From Alicante
Alicante is a fascinating city in its own right, with so many attractions to visit that you can easily spend your entire holiday wandering around the destination. However, I’d recommend you also go on some daytrips during your stay.
The surrounding area is stunning and just as interesting, so if you decide to pick up the keys for a cheap hire car from Alicante Airport, you can easily get between the city and other places. Below are five of the best daytrips well worth putting on your itinerary.
If you enjoy theme parks, Benidorm should be at the top of your list of places to visit. The drive from Alicante city centre should take around 30 minutes, and once here you have your pick of tourist attractions.
Aqualandia is the biggest water park in the country, while Terra Mitica is a theme park split into five ancient Mediterranean areas: Rome, Greece, Egypt, the islands and Iberia. Mundomar is a theme park filled with exotic and marine creatures, while Terra Natura is also home to animals, as well as flumes and slides.
Elche is the place to go to if you are something of a culture vulture, as it boasts two UNESCO World Heritage attractions. See the Misteri D’Elx, a medieval play performed in the Santa Maria Basilica or visit the El Palmeral, a palm grove with over a million trees! There is more to Elche than these two UNESCO spots, though such as the Altamira Palace, the La Alcudia archaeological site and La Calahorra, which is an ancient Moorish tower.
The village of Guadalest is around an hour’s drive from Alicante but makes for a charming daytrip thanks to the fact it has little more than 200 residents. Its castle is an Asset of Cultural Interest and has been since 1974, so make sure you explore the former fortress during your time in the village.
Guadalest is located in a beautiful valley lined with mountains, and going for a walk to admire the scenery is another reason why many people come to the village during their time in the city.
Orihuela is a town said to house more monuments than any other destination in the Alicante province. The Santiago and Santa Justas and Rufina Gothic churches are fascinating to walk around, as is the Episcopal Palace, Santo Domingo College and El Salvador Cathedral. The latter attraction is also Gothic, and as well as taking in the impressive exterior, step inside to look at the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art.
The town of Altea is around 40 minutes by car up the coast from Alicante, meaning the drive will be a lovely one as you soak up the views of the ocean. Its old quarter should be the first port of call and the whitewashed houses add to the Mediterranean atmosphere of the corner of the town.
Once you have explored everything you want to in Altea, it is well worth making the drive north to the Penon de Ifach crag. Located in Calpe, this natural feature stands 327 m high. The adventurous among you might like to climb up it – the views are well worth the effort!