Alicante is an immensely popular tourist destination in the Valencia Community of Spain. It is the 2nd largest Valencian city and a historic Mediterranean port.
There are lots of interesting things to see here and if you live in the Old Town then majority of the attractions will be within a walking distance. The top tourist attractions include Castle of Santa Barbara, Tabarca Island, Archaeological Museum of Alicante, castle of San Fernando &Gravina Museum of Fine Arts. However, the beaches are probably the main reason why you want to visit Alicante in the first place. The Postiguet Beach is located right in the heart of the city and is a popular place during the day and remains quite busy in the evening too.
Alicante cannot be described as a shopper’s paradise but there are numerous stalls along the Explanadad’Espanya which sells flags, clothes and breads. You can also visit the main market where you will get high quality cheese, fruits, seafood and fresh meat.
The Alicante Airport is one of the 5 busiest airports in Spain and is served by major carriers like Finnair, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Norwegian, Iberia, Germanwings etc. There are also regular flights to Algeria and Russia. There are bus and taxi services from the airport to the city center. A taxi ride would cost around EUR 25 and they are found at the arrival level of the brand new terminal.
Transfer to Benidorm
Alicante Airport is just an hour’s drive from Benidorm. You can take a cab or hop on a bus to travel to Benidorm from airport as there are many daily transfers between the two places. However, you should pick the easiest option —just book online from a reliable company and they will pick you up from the airport and take you directly to the hotel. The cost of an airport transfer from Alicante to Benidorm would be around EUR 65. If you take a shuttle service to Benidorm then you will need to pay around EUR 10 – 12 for the transfer. There is also a direct bus service that takes only 1 hour and the cost is EUR 8 pp.
Transfer to Altea
Altea is around 15 km from Benidorm and the nearest airport is the Alicante Airport. There is a public bus service right from the airport terminal to Benidorm which cost around EUR 8 and from here you can hail one of the cabs for your journey to Altea. But there is a quicker albeit expensive way to reach Altea from Alicante Airport. You can directly board a taxi but it would cost around EUR 80. It is important to note that Alsa Buses run airport transfer service right up to Altea. The journey time is around 1 h 30 min and the rates are EUR 9.45 pp.
Transfer to Calpe
There is a bus service to Calpe from Alicante Airport which takes around 90 – 120 minutes and the cost is EUR 8.10 per person. However, you need to change buses at Benidorm. The quicker option would be to take a taxi but is more expensive at EUR 90 approximately.
Transfer to Denia
There is no direct bus service to Denia and people are still hoping for the launch of an official direct bus service to Denia. You can take a bus that will reach Denia via Alicante Downtown Central Bus Station. The maximum journey time is 150 min and cost is EUR 10 per person. Taxi is very expensive at EUR 130 and it will take around 1 h 15 min to reach Denia from Alicante Airport. You can also opt for private shuttle service which will cost EUR 140 pp. If you have time in hand (min 5 hrs) then you can take a bus to Alicante downtown and from there you can hop on a train.
Transfer to Javea
There is a bus service from Alicante Airport to Javea, the duration of the journey is 4 hours including waiting time. There is a charge of EUR 13 per head. Transfer by taxi will take around 1 hr 15 min and likely cost would be EUR 120. The charge is very similar to private shuttle services but if you have a little bit of time in hand, then you can opt for a bus/train combo to Javea from Alicante Airport. It will take more than 5 hours to reach Javea by this route and cost is EUR 70 pp.