Places of interest
Places to visit
Towns to visit
Ice cream shops
If you are here for tourism we have interesting information for you. From Free Walking Tours Alicante we have prepared a tourist guide to make your visit to the city as profitable as possible. Whether you want to spend a weekend or stay longer, we will show you which are the places that you cannot miss. Through the banner at the top, you can access the information that interests you most, you just have to move the images to the sides to access the different categories of the guide.
What can I do in Alicante?
In our guided tours of the city, in the end, our purpose is to help visitors to create a plan for their stay in Alicante if they do not have it planned and depending on their tastes. Later you will find a lot of information to make the best use of your stay here in the best way and make your experience as authentic and pleasant as possible.
The best way to get to know the city
As we always say, the best way to get to know our city is with a guided tour. We have both free price guide tours and flat rate tours. We encourage you to reserve one with us. We are a local company not a multinational agency, and we only work here.
What am I missing?
We will tell you the history of Alicante. This is important because although we have a lot of history, there are very few vestiges and so you will understand much better our way of being and you will have a more accurate perspective of what the city is like.
FREE TOUR FOR THE OLD TOWN
We uncover the history, legends and secrets of Alicante’s turbulent past. But we don’t just cover the past! Alicante also boasts a bustling cultural and gastronomic scene. We’ll keep you up to date on all the goings on and good places to eat, drink and dance the night away.
GUIDED TOUR OF SANTA BARBARA CASTLE
During the nineteenth century, Alicante was a military city, an important gateway to the rest of Spain. Its strategic position has been crucial to its history and the reason why the city has been attacked so many times. However, the city of Alicante was never considered conquered until the castle of Santa Barbara was officially taken.
The castle has witnessed invasions, uprisings, betrayals, explosions and imprisonments during its more than a thousand years of history.
Join us and discover Santa Barbara Castle, a crucial part of understanding the city and its history!
GUIDE TOUR HIDDEN ALICANTE
A step away from the most touristic area of Alicante we find the Barrio de Santa Cruz. A mystical neighborhood, with beautiful white houses and colorful flowers that adorn the balconies. The wild, the traditional and the bohemian of Alicante mix in a few streets.
The streets in Mount Benacantil that are unknown to both visitors and locals. During this tour we walk around the old town and the most picturesque neighborhoods of Alicante at dusk. At night the streets are quiet, the silence is breathed and transports us to the old Alicante.
PAELLA & SANGRÍA COOKING WORKSHOP
Alicante gastronomy is one of the best gastronomies in the Mediterranean. It is marked by three main factors: the climate, the different ecosystems and the historical influences. During this gourmet visit, our guides will explain the influence of these aspects along with other legends and stories, while you taste some of the best Alicante Denomination of Origin products.
TABARCA GUIDED TOUR
Nueva Tabarca, or Tabarca for friends, is the smallest inhabited island in the Mediterranean. It’s the first nature reserve in all of Spain, declared a historic-artistic complex due to the beauty of its walls and heritage, a special protection area for birds and a place of community interest by the European Union. The island of a thousand names, inspiration for artists and poets, star of film shoots, paradise in the form of an island. Tabarca is one of the prides of Alicante. Both locals and visitors fall in love with it thanks to its charm, its protection of the marine environment with dreamy aquatic flora, a snorkeling paradise; to its seafood gastronomy and, of course, to its sunsets.
GUIDED TOURS FOR GROUPS IN ALICANTE
In private tours we can adapt the tour to the needs of the group. The tour of the Old Town of Alicante is the one that we recommend as the first contact with the city. If you have specific request, please, make them to us. We can carry out tours with the theme that you prefer.
But, I don’t feel like doing a tour!
What a pity! But, don´t worry! We are going to give you lots of info, so that you can move around on your own and find the places that may interest you the most! Go to the beach, eat, shop, party or whatever you feel like.
Keep on reading, we are sure you will find some information that you didn’t know which can help you to enjoy your stay in The best place in the world: Alicante!
Maps by areas and places of interest: cultural, leisure, gastronomy and much more!
Did you know that Alicante has several party areas that vary depending on the age and the time? Did you know that we have an alternative nightlife neighborhood?
Well, on this map you will see those different areas, restaurants and much more.
What to see?
If you have already seeing the main monuments such as the Town Hall, the Basilica of Saint Mary, La Explanada, St Nicholas Co-Cathedral or the Castle during our Free Tours, there are still different museums that you could visit! Most of them for free!!
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MACA) The Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante is one of the best nationwide, placed in a historical building. Free entry!
Museo de Bellas Artes (MUBAG) The Museum of Fine Arts (MUBAG) keeps Alicante´s paintings and sculptures from the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Free entry.
Museo de Fogueres Historical exhibitions about the most famous Alicanteneasn celebration: Bonfires of St John. Free entry.
Museo del Agua Discover the influence of (lack of) water in the city of Alicante. The Museum stands out for containing a great educational and informative offer, where water is the protagonist. Free entrance.
Museo Arqueológico de Alicante (MARQ) Our fantastic Archaeological Museum is a project conceived and developed aiming of being the best archaeological museum of the 21st century.
Alicante by areas
Alicante has different leisure areas within the city centre. Find the area that suits you the best. We have plenty choose from…
B El Barrio
The Old Town changes at night. Small pubs with different kind of music where the young party mainly from 00:00 to 3:00.
Plenty of terraces and restaurants, very busy on Saturday evening and night. All kind of ages from 30 onwards.
R Ruta de la Madera
Alternative and rock music. Beer, pool, darts and table football. All kind of ages!
S Shopping area
Not much else to say. International and national shops, including the famous El Corte Inglés.
P El Puerto (The Port)
When El Barrio closes at 3:00am, people crawls to the port to continue partying. There are plenty of nightclubs with different music.
Where to eat?
These are our favourite restaurants. It is also included below where to try turrón, horchata and other things listed in the “what to eat?” section.
30 y tantos: Alicantenean cuisine. Delitious and affordable arroz.
Sento: Specialized on tapas, very well known by the locals.
Ozú: Andalusian food, great tapas at a very good price.
Chico Calla! Delicious mediterranean and local food, very authentic. A homage to our cuisine.
Horchatería Azul Horchatería is the place to find Horchata. From 1942 providing Alicante with one of the best Horchata and Turrón ice cream.
Luceros 16 Espectáculos de Flamenco. Música en directo.
Plaza Canalla Mediterranean food. With a terrace in one of the most beautiful squares in Alicante.
Espí Traditional turrón shop established in 1890, the best turrón in town!
La Favorita Bar Market food, original and casual! Try their menú del día (meal of the day).
Al1cant1na Craft Beer You could see how they produce their craft beer and, across the street, enjoy it in their restaurant. Tapas, live music, and much more!
Calle Villavieja, 6, 03002 Alicante
From Wednesday to Saturday – Daily performances, every Thursday Jazz sessions.
How to climb Mount Benacantil
- FROM 15 NOVEMBER TO 27 FEBRUARY:
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18.00.
- FROM 28 FEBRUARY TO 16 JUNE:
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00.
- FROM 17 JUNE TO 4 SEPTEMBER:
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 23:00.
- FROM 5 SEPTEMBER TO 14 NOVEMBER:
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00.
Lift / Elevator
On Avenida Juan Bautista Lafora (opposite El Postiguet Beach).
TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE
Minibuses / Shuttle Castillo de Santa Bárbara
From Plaza Gómez Ulla, opposite the MARQ, to and from the castle.
Frequency: every 20 minutes
The approximate fees from the nearest stops are:
Hospital Vithas Perpetuo Socorro:
- Day: 4€ – 5€
- Night and Holidays: 5.20€ -. 6.00€.
- Day: 4.50€ – 5.50€
- Night and Holidays: 5.50€ – 6.50€
Plaza del Mar:
- Day: 6€ – 7€
- Night and Holidays: 7€ – 8€
- Day: 6.50€ – 7.50€
- Night and Holidays: 7.50€ – 8.50€
- Day: 8.00€ – 9.00€
ITINERARY 1. From the Town Hall, passing through the old town.
MODERATE DIFFICULTY. TIME APPROX 30 MIN.
MODERATE DIFFICULTY. TIME APPROX 30 MIN.
Fogueres de Sant Joan / Hogueras de San Juan
From June 20 to 29.
Declared of International Tourist Interest, “Hogueras de San Juan” are the biggest holidays in Alicante. Its origin is found in ancient traditions of making bonfires to celebrate the summer solstice, usually based on old junk and useless objects. With fire as the main elements, they have an extensive program of events, with the burning of the more than 200 currently existing monuments on the night of June 24-25. These are made of cardboard and wood, serving as comic relief and a showcase for political and social satire.
February to March, variable date
Carnival is celebrated before the arrival of Cuaresma. The people of Alicante take to the streets with all kinds of costumes to celebrate and fill themselves with the festive spirit of these dates. In particular, the most important night of the Alicante Carnival is known as “El sábado Ramblero”. During it, people take the Rambla, one of the main avenues of the city.
Moros y Cristianos
Moros y Cristianos of Villafranqueza: March
Moros y Cristianos of San Blas: July.
Moros y Cristianos of Altozano: August.
Saint Nicholas, Patron Saint of the city: December.
The Moros y Cristianos are one of the most characteristic holidays in the province of Alicante. In the city they are celebrated throughout the year on different dates and neighborhoods. It commemorates the struggles between Christians and Muslims when, during the 13th century, they fought for control of these lands. The festivities include spectacular parades with colorful costumes representing the factions present during the Middle Ages in the fights between Muslims and Christians.
March to April, variable date.
Declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest since 2022, Semana Santa in Alicante has as its central element the mixture of religiosity and tradition with the sea as an exceptional witness and the Alicante sunsets. About thirty hermandades and cofradías participate in these festivities offering a unique image with processions, music and religious figures.
Romería de Santa Faz
March to April, variable date.
Two Thursdays after Jueves Santo, one of the most massive pilgrimages in the country, known as “La Peregrina”, is held in Alicante. People leave from the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolás in the direction of the monastery of Santa Faz, 7 kilometers from the center of Alicante. There is a relic that is highly valued by the city, the canvas that, according to tradition, Veronica used to dry the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary.
December 24 to January 6.
Christmas is a time when Alicante lights up and becomes an ideal place for the whole family. A wide calendar of activities and events for everyone make this city a very attractive destination: Municipal Belen on the Explanada, concerts, Christmas markets, the House of San Nicolás… Living Christmas in Alicante is a unique experience.
Places to visit
Next, we show you the most visitable places located in the old town
Basílica de Santa María
Built on the foundations of the old Mosque of Alicante, the oldest church in the city.
Explanada de España
In addition to our meeting point, it is also one of the greatest symbols of the city of Alicante.
One of the most emblematic buildings in the city of Alicante and full of surprises inside.
Concatedral de San Nicolás
Currently the most important religious building in Alicante, which hides a magnificent cloister.
The history of Alicante could not be understood without its port. Centuries ago it was one of the most important ports in Spain and the Mediterranean. Wars, commerce, gastronomy; our culture and history are connected to the sea.
The best place, without a doubt, to find good quality fresh food at very good prices. Formerly it was also the center of social life. (On Sundays only the exterior will be visited).
PALM GROVE SAN GABRIEL
It is a great place to spend the morning or afternoon with children, as it has large areas to walk, run and play, as well as picnic tables, kiosks and cafes. It also has children’s areas, a lake, and artificial rivers that can be crossed by its wooden bridges. Also, on Sunday puppet and magic shows are performed for the little ones.
Address: Avenida de Elche, 109- 03008 Alicante (Spain).
How to get there by Bus: Lines 01-27-C6.
What to eat?
If you are in Alicante, try our typical gastronomy! You shouldn´t leave Alicante without trying some of the dishes we have listed below!
A mixed of salted fish (called “poor fish”), dried tomatoes, a local dried pepper called “ñora” and olive oil. It is typical in all the Alicante province. Perfect to spread on bread!
The Alicante turrón is famous all around the world. The traditional are made with almonds, sugar, egg white and honey, however, we have many different kinds! In the Spanish speaker countries is famous on Christmas, but in Alicante, we have it more often! We also make different products with it such as turrón liquor or turrón ice cream (do not miss it, mainly during the summer).
Arroz / Paella
We are sure you have heard and probably tried paella before. The paella is traditional from Valencia, even if nowadays you can have it all around Spain. In Alicante we have a saying that says: The rice grows in Valencia, but it is cooked in Alicante. Therefore, in Alicante we don´t eat paella, we eat a version of it (tastier of course, hehe) called rice (arroz). Do not miss it!
Embutido de Pinoso
Pinoso is a town in Alicante province. For centuries, their sausages made in the most traditional way have been the most appreciated in the Alicante province.
A traditional alicantenean stew made with vegetables, lentils, rice, sausages and meat, just a masterpiece! (foundable mainly during the winter).
Horchata is a drink made with a kind of nut called tigger nut (chufa in Spanish), sugar and water. It can be found in ice cream shops. We love it during the summer!
Artisans Ice Cream Shops
Para aquéllos que quieran disfrtar del verano y amenizar al calor, os recomendamos visitar al menos una de las siguientes heladerías artesanas situadas en la ciudad de Alicante. Os aseguramos que la calidad y la variedad de sabores no os dejarán indiferentes.
SOUVENIRS MADE IN ALICANTE
MARKETS, FLEA MARKETS AND CRAFT STALLS
Alicante is the homeland of Nougat or as we call it Turrón. Actually during our morning free tour we visit this shop to enjoy a free sample of turron. Since it is a traditional shop (establish in 1890) and nowadays we have the 5th generation of the same family running it. It is located at calle Tomás López Torregrosa, 17. Traditionally it was characterized by being a shop of handmade nougat, but nowadays they also sell Alicante wine and liqueurs and gourmet products. If you are lost there and you do not know what to try, we recommend you the following nougats: Turrón de Alicante, Turrón de Jijona and Turrón a la Piedra, and turron liqueur, absolutely delicious (and dangerous, hehe) .
Herborista Cerámica Pascual
It is located at Avda Alfonso X El Sabio 15. It is one of the oldest shops in the city, with a history of 122 years. In it you can buy jars, dishes, pitchers, decorated and uncoated bottles, pots, vases, etc. In addition to specializing in ceramics, it also sells natural products and spices from all kinds of plants. It is just worth a visit for a quick smelled of the shop. It may sound crazy, but their spices can be smell from the outside of the shop.
Rio Design Europe
Located at calle de los Artilleros, 5, Rio Design is a store that offers as selection of jewelry and accessories from international designers. Here you will find hand-painted sunglasses, gemstones jewelry and other accessories made from natural and sustainable materials. It is a one-of-a-kind shop where you find very exclusive items. Provide them with the code #riowalkingtours and get 5% discount.
Calma mi alma
It is a small shop located in the calle Mayor, 31, (Old town). Their expertise is handicraft and ceramic products, you can also buy souvenirs, handmade and author ceramics. Alicante is very famous for ceramics and pottery, so a very typical souvenir would be a blue and white (Alicante colors) piece of pottery, like a mug or a plate. You won´t find here the plastic flamenco dancer made in China but original and quality souvenirs made in Alicante.
Fang d’Art Galería-Porta ferrisa taller de arte
Located at Calle de la Villavieja, 4, it is an art exhibition hall at the foot of the castle, founded by Ramón Cortés to promote ceramics.
Located at Calle Villavieja, 27, it is a jewelry store where you can find handmade, vintage, and antique jewelry. All this with an exquisite design.
CRAFT MARKET ON THE ESPLANADE
The stalls are is located along the esplanade (La Explanada de España) of Alicante. In these stalls you can find jewelry and handmade clothing, plates, paintings, leather goods, brass, glass, wood, ceramics, shells and so on. The stalls are opened every day from midday to 20:30h, until 22:30h during the summer.
This market is located on avenida Federico Soto next to plaza de los Luceros, this market opens exclusively at Christmas and in certain festivities of the year, such as The Day of Sant Jordi or Day of the Book, Fogueres de Sant Joan or Christmas Eve.
100% ARTISAN MARKET OF ALICANTE AND FLEA MARKET
It is located in the plaza de la Santísima Faz, behind the city hall, it is the best opportunity you have to admire handmade craftsmanship in the streets of Alicante and buy it directly from its creators. It takes place on Sundays from 10:00h to 14:00h.
Also, on the same schedule, in the City Hall square, you can find the flea market. There are stalls with coins, stamps and old and rare gadgets of all kinds.