Moving to Alicante: The Unrivaled Guide. Photo by Faisal on Unsplash
One of the most popular destinations on the Costa Blanca for visitors and expats, the city of Alicante has a lot to offer with its old town, nightlife and abundance of restaurants.
With its warm climate, charming and colorful old town steeped in Spanish culture, sparkling coastline, vibrant nightlife and plenty of restaurants, the city of Alicante has become one of the most desirable areas for travelers and expats looking to relocate to Spain.
So you’re thinking about moving to Alicante, but where can you find all the important information about the property types on offer, the best schools and the most popular restaurants?
To make moving to Alicante a little easier, Euro Weekly News have put together this handy guide with everything you need to know before traveling to Alicante.
- Where is Alicante?
- Properties in Alicante
- Activities in Alicante
- The best restaurants in Alicante
- Schools in Alicante
- Healthcare in Alicante
- contact information
Where is Alicante?
Alicante is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community on the Costa Blanca. It is the capital of the province of Alicante and a historic Mediterranean port.
The nearest major airport is Alicante Airport (ALC / LEAL). This airport has international and domestic flights and is only 15 km from the center of Alicante.
Another major airport is Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV/LELC), which serves international and domestic flights from Murcia and is 61 miles from Alicante.
Properties in Alicante
One of the most popular areas on the Costa Blanca, Alicante has a thriving property market with different property types for singles, couples, families and retirees looking to move to Spain.
A three-room apartment costs around 25,000 euros and a two-room house around 70,000 euros. A luxurious five-bedroom house with a pool and plenty of outdoor space costs around €4 million, with a three-bedroom house on the outskirts starting at around €190,000.
Activities in Alicante
1. Discover the old town of Alicante or “El Barrio”
Alicante’s old town stretches up the hill below the castle, where you can discover the colourful, winding streets between high, whitewashed walls.
2. Play golf under the Mediterranean sun
The Costa Blanca has an abundance of golf courses. There are 15 in the province, all within a reasonable distance of Alicante city – discover them all when you move to Spain!
3. Enjoy panoramic views from Santa Barbara Castle
Towering over Alicante, Santa Barbara Castle is a fortress of medieval Arabic origin and offers stunning panoramic views of Alicante from the top (you can also take the elevator to the top)!
4. Soak up the sun on Postiguet Beach
Located next to the old town, this pristine beach is perfect for a day of relaxing or swimming in the crystal clear waters.
5. Explore the Basilica of Santa Maria
Near Postiguet Beach is the Basilica of Santa Maria, a former mosque converted into a church and the oldest and most beautiful in the city.
6. Stroll along the Explanada de España
You can get a feel for Alicante along the elegant marble-lined promenade, as it begins in the old town and continues along the city’s waterfront next to the marina.
7. Discover the origins of Alicante at the Archaeological Museum
Steeped in history, this museum won the 2004 European Museum of the Year Award.
8. Shop for some incredible local produce at Mercado Central
Whether you are looking for fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat or typical jamon, go to Mercado Central and haggle!
9. Admire the works at the Contemporary Art Museum
Only a third of the works in this museum are on display at any given time, and the exhibition changes throughout the year, so no two visits are the same.
10. Relax and watch the world go by at Alicante Marina
Admire the beautiful yachts at anchor and watch the world go by while enjoying a drink or a bite to eat at one of the marina’s restaurants and bars.
The best restaurants in the city of Alicante
1. Ñora y Aji
This restaurant comes highly recommended for Spanish, Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine.
Open: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays
Address: Darsena Pesquera, Local 10, 03008 Alicante
A book: 623 19 65 60
2. Steki Restaurante
This Michelin starred restaurant serves beautifully presented Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine.
Open: 13:30 – 15:00 and 20:00 – 22:00 on weekends, 20:00 – 22:00 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
Address: Calle Argensola 8, 03002 Alicante
A book: 966 39 81 54
3. Tepuy Burger
If you’re a fan of burgers, Tepuy Burger serves juicy patties and a selection of fresh toppings.
Open: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m
Address: Calle de Bazan 47, 03001 Alicante
A book: 670 11 34 35
4. Falafelmania Restaurante Vegetariano and Vegano Oriental
A gastronomic experience, in this Lebanese restaurant you will find incredible vegetarian and vegan tapas as well as highly recommended oriental teas and baklava!
Open: 12:00pm to 4:30pm and 6:30pm to 11:00pm, 12:00pm to 4:30pm on Sundays
Address: Calle Peru 13 Local 2E, 03008 Alicante
A book: 966 08 07 39
5. Bye Miami
Family-run for 60 years, Ciao Miami Italian restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and also offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
Open: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m
Address: Paseo Explanada de España 7, 03001 Alicante
A book: 965 20 74 01
6. Restaurant Darsena
Located on the beautiful Alicante Marina, Restaurante Darsena serves fantastic Mediterranean, Seafood and Spanish dishes with stunning views.
Open: 13:00 – 16:00 and 20:00 – 23:00, 13:00 – 16:00 on Sundays
Address: Lg Muelle Levante 6 Marina Deportiva, 03002 Alicante
A book: 965 20 73 99
7. Restaurant la Brujula
Due to its nautical location, they serve some of the best fish dishes around and a particularly good paella, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Open: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m
Address: Lg Muelle Levante 6. Marina Deportiva Puerto de Alicante, 03002 Alicante
A book: 965 20 20 93
8. La Crispeta
This restaurant in Alicante’s charming old town specializes in traditional Spanish dishes, including octopus and spiced chorizo, along with decadent homemade desserts.
Open: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
Address: Calle de Jorge Juan 6, 03002 Alicante
A book: 637 87 97 03
9. Restaurant Espacio Montoro
An absolutely stunning and unique restaurant in Alicante, Restaurante Espacio Montoro serves healthy Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and attentive service.
Open: Thursdays from 20:00 to 00:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 13:30 to 17:30 and from 20:00 to 00:00
Address: A V. Albufereta, 13, 03016 Alicante
A book: 966 04 43 65
10. Tapas Alicante
You can’t travel to Spain without trying some tapas! This tapas restaurant offers particularly tasty small dishes to enjoy in a wonderful ambience.
Open: 12:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m
Address: Calle Periodista Pirula Arderius 3, 03001 Alicante
A book: 965 14 50 95
Schools in Alicante
When moving to a new location it’s important to ensure there are some great schools and Alicante has some impressive international and local schools to choose from.
King’s College, the British School of Alicante is a highly regarded school serving students aged three to 18 years. For European Schools, the Alicante European School is one of thirteen European Schools and the only one in Spain.
The Mar de Estrellas Montessori kindergarten provides comprehensive English-language education in mixed-age classes from the age of three.
Healthcare in Alicante
Access to quality healthcare is vital when moving to a new home and Alicante has an impressive public healthcare service as well as private healthcare options.
General University Hospital of Alicante
This public hospital is open 24/7 for emergencies and offers English-speaking doctors.
Address: Pintor Baeza, 11, 03010 Alicante
Contact: 965 93 30 00 or click here
Clinica HLA Vistahermosa
Clinica HLA Vistahermosa has a 24 hour emergency service and is the best private hospital in Alicante.
Address: Avinguda de Denia, 103, 03015 Alacant
Contact: 966 70 93 12 or click here
Center of Salut Cap de l’Horta
This public medical center treats those who are entitled to public health care in Spain and is integrated into the Ministry of General Health and Public Health of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Address: C.Arpon, 11, 03540 Alicante
Contact: 965 91 83 10 or click here
Clinica Dental Churruca
Clinica Dental Churraca has a professional team of dentists who can take care of all your oral health needs.
Address: C. Churruca, 30, 03003 Alicante
Contact: 965 92 81 96
Moving to a new place is exciting, but knowing the contact information for the emergency services is important.
That is why we have included information on important contacts when moving to Alicante.
Emergency services, including health, fire and police: 112
National police: 091
Local police: 092
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