Castillo de Penella
Port of Alicante with View on the Castle

Alicante

Alicante is a surprising city full of life, contrasts and beauty. Dubbed the “City of Light,” Alicante is one of those idyllic destinations where you can get lost on magical beaches and enjoy exciting experiences with your family.

With more than 3,000 years of history, Alicante is home to historic sites like the Castle of Santa Bárbara. Take a guided tour of its interior and, once you step outside, see stunning panoramic views of the city.

The best way to see Alicante is to walk around and take in its historic influences. The Ayuntamiento de Alicante building surprises visitors with its historic facade, Solomonic columns and two towers. See the city’s Christian influence when you visit La Basílica de Santa María, Concatedral de San Nicolás or Monasterio de Santa Faz. At El Mercado Central, guests will find fresh seafood and local produce from the gardens of Alicante.

While in Alicante, be sure to visit the precious beaches of Costa Blanca, like San Juan Beach, Almadraba Beach, La Albufereta Beach, Postiguet Beach, Saladares-Urbanova Beach, the iconic island of Tabarca and the coves of Cabo de la Huerta. Finally, since 2016, Aguamarga Beach has become a popular beach to visit with pets.

Every year, Costa Blanca’s beaches earn the prestigious Blue Flag award, which grants beaches international recognition for their quality, services, natural beauty and cleanliness.

Cocentaina

Nestled between Sierra de Mariola and the river Serpis sits the pretty town of Cocentaina. A destination where the historic monuments will take you back to the origins and evolution of the town over the centuries

The best way to immerse yourself in the town’s past is by exploring its incredible monuments. Cocentaina castle is a wonderful place to start. Sitting atop one of the most spectacular hills in El Comtat county, this symbol of feudal power has a Gothic military tower that provides far-reaching vistas over the surrounding area. 

Castillo de Penella is the next sight on your to-visit list. This fortress dates back as far as the late 13th century and you can still see some of the original fortified wall today

Cocentaina is bursting with history, traditions and festivals. The destination is synonymous with Fira de Tots Sants, an event of international tourist interest, and the highly anticipated Moors and Christian festival, as well as other festivities such as Los Nanos, La Mareta and La Corriola, which have been passed down from generation to generation.