Here´s the itinerary we recently enjoyed while spending one day in Alicante. Even though it was not my first time in the city, Costa Blanca is one of the destinations I enjoy revisiting every once in a while.

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One Day in Alicante: Top Things to See and Do

Visiting Alicante

Ever since my last week in Alicante with the kids, I have dreamed of returning to Costa Blanca for new landmarks and experiences. This year I had a great opportunity to visit Benidorm and they spent one amazing day in Alicante. While it was not my first time visiting, it´s been almost 5 years since my last Alicante city break.

How to get to Alicante

Alicante is one of the main cities in the Spanish Region of the Valencian Community. The whole province is also called Alicante and it borders the regions of Valencia and Murcia.

Alicante is situated on the Mediterranean coast, in the famous area of Costa Blanca.

You can reach Alicante by train or plane. The nearest airport is Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez. You can get to Alicante´s train station from most of the Spanish cities ( to find the best ticket offers check out Trainline)

Where to stay in Alicante

On the map below, you can find the top-rated hotels and rentals in Alicante.

One Day in Alicante: Itinerary

Breakfast in Alicante: Gusto Cafeteria

Spending one day in Alicante was a perfect excuse to escape the traditional Valencian almuerzo, and savor new international delicatessen.

I was so surprised to discover Gusto Cafeteria with a focus on Ukrainian cuisine. I ordered syrniki and napoleon cake (both used to be my favorite childhood dishes). For my husband, I have got vareniki with cherries (mainly because it´s another food crush of mine, but I could not order all 3 dishes for myself lol). Since neither of us had been in Ukraine for a while, we were so excited to have an authentic Ukrainian meal. Breakfast at Gusto Cafeteria was delicious, it really felt like a gastronomic tour in Ukraine. Can´t wait to revisit this cute cafe one day.

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Ukrainian syrniki at Gusto Cafeteria in Alicante
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Palms everywhere

After this delicious breakfast, we walked down Federico Soto towards Alicante´s famous seafront.

Alicante´s Seafront

Explanada de España is a popular seafront of Alicante, paved with colorful mosaic tiles and surrounded by palm trees. Here, you can find a few cute spots for outdoor seating and take a boat tour to Tabarca Island.

One of the coolest museums in the area is Museo The Ocean Race. It is an interesting spot to learn more about the history of the regatta.

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One day in Alicante (Foto by Anthony Ingham)

Alicante´s Old Town

Afterwards, we walked a bit around Alicante´s Old Town.

Since it was not my first time in Alicante, we did not stay around for long. However, I recommend you not to miss MUBAG Museum of Fine Art. Additionally, you can visit Museu de les Fogueres, Carrer de las Setas, and Maca Contemporary Art Museum.

Some of the must-stops in Alicante´s Old Town are the Central Market (called Mercat Central d´Alacantin Spanish), San Nicolas Cathedral, Santa Maria Basilica, and the City Hall.

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One day in Alicante

Santa Barbara Castle

After lunch, we headed to Santa Barbara Castle, one of the most popular places to visit in Alicante.

The fortress has Moorish origins and dates back to the 9th century. However, the castle went through some Christan reforms after the Reconquista (you can learn more about this historic event via my list of Spain Documentaries). The present-day building of Santa Barbara Castle is mostly from the 16th century.

The best thing about Santa Barbara Castle is the panoramic view of Alicante. To reach it you can either take the free elevator Ascensor del Castillo de Santa Barbara (near Playa del Postiguet) or hike your way to the top.

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One day in Alicante: Views from Santa Barbara Castle
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One day in Alicante: Views from Santa Barbara Castle

Live Music at Entre Bambolinas

One of the coolest ways to end this one day in Alicante was a life concert at Entre Bambolinas.

While I was mostly excited to see a Jazz performance, that day they had Bossa Nova ( which I ended up enjoying anyway).

We had dinner before the performance started, and it was so enjoyable to watch while sipping a glass of local wine. The food was quite average, and the live show had an extra cost ( 10 euros per person). But it was all so worth it: having dinner at Entre Bambolinas allowed us to pick the table and finish the meal before it all started. For the live music session, there were no tables left, by the way.

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One day in Alicante: Bossa Nova concert at Entre Bambolinas

Top experiences not to miss in Alicante:

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Villajoyosa – one of the most colorful places in Spain

Best Alicante Day Trips:

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How to Enjoy One Day in Benidorm (read it)

My other articles about the region of Alicante:

  • Mediterranean Garden Inspiration in Spain: Jardi de L´Albarda in Alicante (read it)
  • Valencia to Alicante Road Trip: Top Stops On The Go (read it)
  • One Week in Alicante with Kids: Our Costa Blanca Holidays (read it)
  • How to Enjoy One Day in Benidorm (read it)
  • My Fun Weekend in Alicante (Region): Visiting Santa Pola and Benidorm (read it)

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