The province of Alicante extends along the Costa Blanca on the eastern side of Spain. This stretch of coastline takes in the towns of Javea, Calpe, Benidorm, and Santa Pola. The harbour city of Alicante was a draw for the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs as they searched for new trading routes long before tourists went for the sun, sea and sand.
Alicante is an elegant city, bounded by Benacantil mountain on which earlier inhabitants of the city built Santa Barbara fortress. At the foot of the mountain is the Old Quarter with its narrow streets, alleyways, white-washed, flower-bedecked houses and Santa Maria Church, Gothic on the outside and gleaming gold inside. Opposite the church is the 17th-century Museo Municipal Casa de la Asegurada with its collection of 20th-century art.
The Explanada de España promenade, across from the port, is a wavey marble mosaic, with cafés, terraces and tall palm trees. As for beaches, there are several including Playa del Postiguet, right in the centre of the city at the base of the mountain.
The list of airlines offering cheap flights to Alicante is long. There are also Alicante flights with several charter airlines.
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