About Alicante

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The San Nicolas Cathedral, a Roman Catholic co-cathedral in Alicante is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and was elevated to the title of cathedral on 9 March 1959 by Pope John XXIII. This church was built between 1613 and 1662 over a Mosque from the moorish period and has a blue dome (cupula) that raises to over 45 metres. Inside, the cathedral has a Latin Cross ground plan with six interconnecting side chapels and an ambulatory in the head part. The chapel of Holy Communion, configured as a small Greek cross-planned temple, is considered to be one of the most beautiful … Continue reading

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The city of Alicante is a stylish city that has new harbour complex, clean beaches, outstanding museums, exceptional shops and buzzing nightlife. Although Alicante has reinvented itself into a modern city with endless entertainment, it has not lost its Spanish roots. Apart from modern lifestyle, the city also has a lot to offer to those who are interested in its cultural history. The Gravina Museum of Fine Arts in Alicante is located in the splendid 18th century Gravina Palace. It exhibits a phenomenal collection of artwork, combining sumtuary art with period furniture, textiles and more. The museum stands in the … Continue reading

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Standing on the top of Mount Benacantil at a height of 166 metres, stands the castle of Santa Barbara, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, built in the ninth century by Muslims. The castle can be reached by a car and if your enthusiasm and fitness allows you, the walk from Plaza de Carmen is a sight in itself, through some narrow winding streets. If both these options do not suit you, you can take the elevator in the core of Mount Benacantil itself. The origins of the castle date to the 9th century at the time of … Continue reading

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Standing in the Alicante province itself are two prominent safari parks which are within easy reach from Alicante. Here is a guide to these two parks: Vergel Safari Park Featuring lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, zebras, a series of primates, and Iberian wolves inhabiting freely in their natural habitat is the Vergel Safari Park which is located just beyond the town of Ondara on the Northern shoulder of the Costa Blanca. The park also has a safer zone for walks among less dangerous animals like pigs, ponies and other domestic breeds. There is also a seal and dolphin area, where shows … Continue reading

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Alicante happens to be a green city with a number of gardens, parks, plazas or promenades scattered all around. Most of the parks in Alicante offer various recreational activities like boules, croquet and mini golf and also open air performances in summer. Some of the choicest parks and gardens in Alicante are: Canalejas Park Built in 1886, this happens to be one of the oldest parks of Alicante featuring impressive entrance guarded by stone sculptures of dogs and lions. The park takes pride in its display of various Rubber Plants that are over 100 years old, pretty fountains along with … Continue reading

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