Day Trips from Alicante, Spain
When you have an extended stay in one place, taking day trips to nearby cities can maintain the feeling of discovery and adventure.
If you ever planned a trip to Alicante, Spain, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, there are lots of mini trips you can take to soak up the Spanish coastal culture. It also gives you the chance to learn more about the area and see its multifarious traits.
About 45 minutes north of Alicante lies Villajoyosa, another coastal city with its own flavor. Once you hop off the tram, walk over to Valor’s Chocolate Museum. With a free entry, you can get a tour to see the production of the famous Spanish chocolate and end the tour at the store where you can load up on all your delicious, chocolatey cravings. Take your treats down to the beach where you can relax and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. Once you got enough Vitamin D, stroll through the city. At the beach front, the most colorful buildings decorate the streets.
A little over an hour north of Alicante resides the beautiful Altea. A city of white, crescending up a hill to overlook the mountains and the sea. Take your time wandering through the curvy streets up the hill, admiring the pure white homes with floral arrangements popping against its bleached walls. At each level, there is a terrace to look out over the city. At the top, several restaurants and gift shops surround the Iglesia de la Virgen del Consuelo, a blue-domed church. After taking in the breathtaking views of the city from above, you can meander back down to the beach. Different from the typical beaches, the beach of Altea is decorated with smooth, white rocks instead of sand. With cafes lining up by the beach, one can relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sun for the rest of the day.
A gorgeous valley city resting two hours north of Alicante is Calpe. You cannot go to Calpe without climbing the Peñón de Ifach, a huge rock on the edge of the city by the sea. Come prepared with the proper shoes, because you will be hiking where there are no paths, lunging and hoisting yourself up for two hours. The view at the top makes all the sweat and bruises worth the energy spent. After the strenuous hike, take a break by soaking up rays on the beach with the waves gently rolling into the sand.
Not a coastal city, Murcia is about an hour south of Alicante. Murcia is in a different province, which alters various cultural aspects, just like living in the south of the US is quite different from living in the north. Murcianos love their food, they’re stereotyped for eating a lot. Stop in any restaurant to taste tapas or paella–Spanish cuisine. After your stomach is full, walk around the commercial sector and pick fashionable attire from unique stores like El Corte Inglés, Bershka, or Zara. Get outside the city a little bit to see the countryside, where orange and lemon trees fill fields between small villages.
Two hours north of Alicante exists the capital of the province, Valencia. You can meander through countless museums or their infamous market. Take your wandering to the streets to see architecture influenced by the Romans and Arabians. To view their modern taste, check out the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, a complex with beautifully built structures. To learn more about what’s beyond the city, immerse yourself at L’Oceanográfic, an aquatic museum. Of course, there are beaches to rest your feet after walking through numerous of museums and neighborhoods. If you are in this region in March, go to Valencia for Las Fallas, a festival where the locals spends thousands if not millions of euros creating beautiful, political statues for people to admire and on the last night, they burn them all.