Alicante with the kids
Spain's largest medieval fortress
Mount Benacantil, the fortification of Santa Bárbara, overlooks both the city and the bay and the view is simply unbeatable. The exhibition shows how different religions have left their stamp on the city and highlights the fortress’s importance to the city’s security. Inside the castle, there’s also the Museum of the City of Alicante.
Santa Bárbara Castle
Castillo Santa Bárbara, s/n
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Open daily from 10am to 10pm
The real Alicante
Colored houses, tiles and flowers adorn the facades and with its narrow and peaceful streets, the Santa Cruz – or Santa Creu – neighborhood is considered the most traditional neighborhood of Alicante and an outdoor museum. After a short walk, you’ll think time actually stopped there a few decades ago. Don’t miss the Santa Cruz chapel, and its stunning views over the city, port and sea.
Ermita de Santa Cruz
Carrer Diputat Auset, 27
Spend a day on a paradise island
About an hour’s boat ride from the Alicante harbor is Tabarca, a truly natural theme park. It’s considered the smallest inhabited island in Spain, with about 80 people living there all year-around. The walls that surround the old town are a reminder of how the island was protected against the Berber pirates in the 18th century.
Dip your toes in the Mediterranean
You can’t talk about Alicante and not mention the beaches. El Postiguet, that has been awarded with the iconic Blue Flag, one of the world’s most recognized eco-labels awarded to beaches, is next to the Old Town and is the perfect place to relax. Along the promenade, there are several beach bars – popularly known as chiringuitos – where you can enjoy tapas and a refreshing drink.
Eat well, eat local
If it’s a huge selection of tapas, cheese and local fresh fish you’re after, we have just the place for you. Head over to La Taberna del Gourmet, a gastronomic restaurant in the Old Town where they use local products in all their dishes. The bread is freshly made every day on site and the restaurant also has an interesting menu for kids. You can savor their tasty paella at any time of the day – the kitchen is open from 12.30 till midnight.
La Taberna del Gourmet
Calle San Fernando 10, Alicante
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Learn about the local culture at the food market
The food market is an interesting educational resource for the youngest of the family who may be curious about what the locals eat. In Alicante’s Central Market you’ll find out more about the Mediterranean diet and its fresh products, including the catch of the day from the bay and the fruits and vegetables that grow in the region. There are also several stalls where you can have a bite to eat and a drink.
Mercado Central de Alicante
Av. Alfonso El Sabio, 10
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Open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 2.30pm, Saturdays until 3pm.
Published: February 26, 2019