Alicante is a seaside Mediterranean city located more or less in the middle of the Spanish eastern coast. It has been an important seaport for many centuries since Roman times, but was also, and still is, a big producer of agricultural goods such as tomatoes and oranges. Only recently it has become a huge tourist destination, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches and coves, its great restaurants and night life, not to mention the weather! Getting to Alicante is easy and convenient; it has a large international airport, the fourth biggest in mainland Spain, with lots of regular low cost flights especially from Britain. In addition, the excellent C6 bus service takes you straight from the airport to the centre in 20 minutes. There is also the central train station, with fast trains both to and from Madrid and Barcelona.
Alicante looks out over the sea and the mesmerising bay of Alicante; you can enjoy it while walking along the famous Paseo de Explanada, one of the most beautiful seafront promenades in Spain. Alicante also boasts the fourth biggest university in Spain located in San Vicente, an area which is full of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, gyms and sporting facilities to cater for the student population.
The almost tropical Alicante climate lets us enjoy the beaches almost all year round, and as beaches go, we are spoilt for choice. The best of them, and most famous, is the Playa de San Juan with 8km of golden sands flanked by a road and pedestrian promenade, as well as bars, restaurants and “chiriguitos”. No wonder it has been voted year after year within the top 3 best beaches in Spain thanks to crystal clear waters and immaculate white sand.
Also we have la Albufereta, an outcrop and intimate stretch of beach protected by the small mountain range of Serra Grossa which makes it quieter and perfect for skinny dipping!
El Postiguet is the city beach and is located right next to the harbour at the foot of the Benacantil mountain which is home to the impressive Santa Barbara Castle. This is by far the busiest beach with lots of bars and restaurants along the promenade and sunbeds and pedalos for rent.
These are just three examples of Alicante’s countless attractions, from sandy beaches to rocky coves, its fantastically beautiful places to visit never run out.
SPORT AND LEISURE
Alicante also has plenty of sports on offer from swimming, tennis, volleyball and football to golf, trekking and sailing. In fact, Alicante is home to the Volvo Ocean Race which sets off from the harbour and attracts thousands of sailing fans from around the world.
On the leisure side of things, you can choose from theatre, international cinema, concerts and exhibitions which can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Alicante has an excellent choice in nightlife all year round with countless bars, discos and nightclubs open until the early hours of the morning. The old city, the Casco Antiguo, has some of the finest restaurants and tapas bars at very reasonable prices. They offer cuisine from all over the world, but the speciality of this area is their famous Arroz/Paella.
In Alicante there is every type of bar possible… cafés, taverns, cervecerias, music bars, discos, nightclubs and pubs, all made more enjoyable thanks to a super-relaxed atmosphere, and most open all night…some all day too!
So many fiestas in Alicante, it’s difficult to know where to start! The most famous would be Hogueras – The bonfires of San Juan – where the centre of the city is closed off to traffic for a week to make way for the festivities. Bars and stalls are erected in the streets and music, food, drink and fireworks are in abundance.
The main area where VR Property operates and also where we are based in the north-eastern part of the city. The area includes Virgen del Remedio, Virgen del Carmen and Juan XXIII. This whole area was originally built between 1965 and 1975 and was intended to house the working class of Alicante. It is a typical Spanish residential area with well laid out streets and blocks with lots of space, lots of parks and lots of amenities.
The buildings themselves are well built in old style tradition with cement, concrete and steel. This contributes to very quiet, peaceful apartments with thick walls where it is unlikely that you will be able to hear your neighbours. The apartments are mostly 3 bedrooms, with the occasional 4 bedroom property thrown in. Over the years, many have been refurbished changing their aspects and layouts.
Today, this is a very sought after area both for renting and buying. Its popularity is due mainly to its location, 5 minutes from the city centre, 10 minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from the airport. There is also ample, free parking in the area and bus stops on almost every corner. In addition, the tram line conveniently runs right through the neighbourhood taking you to the centre and beaches quickly and cheaply.
There are plenty of supermarkets in the area as well as small, specialised shops selling local produce, from bakeries to butcher’s, fruit and veg to fishmonger’s, all great quality and at unbeatable prices. You can also find lots of tapas bars, cervecerias and cafeterias. If you want to relax, there is the famous Lo Morant Park slap bang in the middle of the neighbourhood.
The university area is 5 minutes’ walk, an enormous campus with lots of outlet shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and sporting facilities.
This neighbourhood is old but is one of the best areas in Alicante to live in regards to cost of living and location. It is still a working class neighbourhood with a mixed and friendly environment. It has seen hard times as Spain went through an economic crisis, but today things are good. We currently have the lowest crime rate in Alicante which in itself is a safe city.
So come and see us, let us show you around and you can experience Alicante for yourself. See you soon!