How to get from Madrid to Alicante and what to see?
A journey through bright and inimitable Spain is always an exciting adventure. Every time I want to see more and more unusual. How to get from Madrid to Alicante and what interesting to see?
In the east of the Iberian Peninsula, is located a small but very cozy town. It is the capital of the province of Alicante. The population of only 335 thousand people, because you do not feel the crazy bustle here. In this article we will figure out how to get there, as well as how to have fun.
From Madrid, the distance is about 500 kilometers. In this direction constantly run such types of transport:
Intercity bus - time on the road about 5-6 hours.
Train - 3 hours, it is faster, but more expensive than the previous method.
Airplane - about 4 flights from Barajas airport are operated daily. Takes 1.10 minutes.
Agree, these are not entirely successful solutions. The most convenient and comfortable way is to rent a car, choose a decent rental company, rent a luxury cabriolet and not think about everyday rush.
- The path passes through the picturesque corners, it is simply impossible to see all the beauties from public transport.
- There is no need to carry things behind you, especially if you are on the road with children. Bags, suitcases, load in the trunk.
- You have the opportunity to make stops where you want, to linger in any place you like.
- No need to buy tickets in advance and depend on the schedule of public transport.
All you need is to choose a premium class car, to issue rental documents.
It is necessary to carry out movement along the routes: E -15, AP-7. For the latter, you have to pay, and save the check to the final destination. It is possible to stay on the free, the quality of coverage and workload is no different from the paid one.
Alicante is located between Elche, Benidorm, Torrevieja and more. Here lies the Benacantile, Tossal, Gross and San Julian ranges. Just imagine the air here! Friendly residents, preserved historical heritage, monuments from different eras, endless coastline and much more that attracts tourists from around the world.
The climate at the resort is very mild, summer is not hot to + 32 degrees, and in winter +12. It usually rains in early autumn.
The Costa Blanca leads by distinctive Blue Flag awards. Functionality, cleanliness, equipment and environmental friendliness of the beaches at the height. Among them are such as:
- Famous Playa de la Postiguet with fine sand spread over 1 kilometer.
- Albufereta is located on the outskirts of the bay - with rocky shores and a port for yachts.
- San Juan - length of about 3 kilometers, with fine clean sand, shallow gentle entry into the water. Perfect for families with children. Nearby are entertainment complexes, restaurants where you can relax during a siesta, enjoy the taste of paella with a glass of exotic cocktail or sangria.
- Comprehends - is popular among visitors, close to the historical center, near the castle "Santa Barbara" and others.
The ancient castle "Santa Barbara"
On the Hill of Benacantil lies the fabulous medieval edifice of the Castillo de Santa Barbara. Previously, it was a military fortress, a strategic object, and now there is a history museum. From the top of the observation deck, you will enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and take panoramic photos. Admission is free, you can climb on foot and on a specially equipped elevator.
Castle "Castillo de San Fernando" was built in 1808, on the hill of Tassel, before the start of the war with France. To this day, 2 bastions have survived that are interconnected by transitions. Have a different shape - a cone and a polyhedron. Inside the premises are - storage, barracks and artillery bunker.
Cathedral of Saint Nicholas de Bari, 1616 - 1662, architecture in the Renaissance style. Its height is 45 meters. Named in honor of the patron of the town. The side altars are made in the style of “churrigeresko” - this is practically the jewelry work of details in architecture.
Church of the Holy Virgin Mary
The old church, a Gothic structure of the 14th century, and earlier it was an Islamic mosque. The facade and main portal was reconstructed in the Baroque style of the 18th century. Inside you can see the statues of St. John and Mary, as well as the gilded altar.
The authentic Old Town district is Casco Antiguo-Santa Cruz, where the Moors once lived. They remained here, even after the arrival of Christians to this land. White houses with balconies in the Arabic style, entwined with flower beds, rise to the slopes of the hill to the “Santa Barbara” itself. When you find yourself in the labyrinths of these streets, feel the full atmosphere of the pre-Christian history of this area.
Quay-promenade Esplanada d’Espanya
Favorite alley for vacationers and locals. Picturesque views, pavement, which is lined with many marble mosaic details. All this attracts for an evening walk along the seashore to the port itself. The length of about 500 meters. It has everything, cafes, souvenir shops selling handmade products, restaurants and playgrounds.
Museum of bullfighting. In this place you will get acquainted with the history of national sport, as well as with trophies and costumes of famous matadors.
Fine Arts im.Gravin in the palace Lumiares
All expositions are presented in chronological and thematic order. To your attention about 500 works of artists of 16-20 centuries.
On the site of 4 thousand square meters, in the old building, exhibits of the masters of the 20th century are presented. Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Kandinsky, Gonzalez and others. Sculptures by Juan Frances, Eusebio Sempere and others.
Be sure to visit colorful events
“Night of Lights” - Fiesta dates back to the pagan period. It is marked on a large scale and in a big way. Build fires on the beach, and the streets are decorated with flowers. The action begins on June 19 and lasts the whole 6 days. In the end, wooden figures are burned and fireworks are launched.
The Fiesta “Christians and Moors” takes place from June 9 to June 12, these are vivid theatrical performances, a tribute to historical events.
Although all the holidays with a religious bias, they are quite ironic and funny.
Visit the national bull bullfight contest that takes place in July on the big arena in the shape of the Roman Coliseum. The ticket must be taken for several months, as many come to see the dangerous and fascinating action.
The cuisine here is excellent, go to any institution, for example, at Taberna To-Bar, enjoy traditional paella with vegetables and seafood, which will always be fresh. Try the signature orchata - a soft drink made from rice, sesame, ground almond, barley and other ingredients. A strange combination, is not it? But very tasty.
Find out the taste of the local turron sweets drank down with excellent Spanish wine.
“Fast & Bio” serves Italian pizza and vegetarian dishes.
Our tour is not all interesting locations. It’s better to start planning a trip right now and be impressed by the stunning scenery and unique architecture of Spain.