Located halfway between Valencia and Cartagena on the eastern coast of Spain,
Alicante is one of the most famous towns along the Costa Blanca. Renowned for its miles of pristine beaches and excellent weather, it’s a sun lover’s dream destination and a popular port for intrepid sailors, since Alicante is both the headquarters and the starting point of the Volvo Ocean Race, a yacht race around the world that’s held every three years. For more land-based activities, climb to the top of the 16th century Castle of Saint Barbara for spectacular views of the city, tour the Barrio de la Santa Cruz old quarter of the city, or visit the nearby city of Elche for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmeral of Elche as well as shoe shopping, since Elche is home to over 1,000 shoe factories! Then in your new pair of shoes, take a stroll along one of the loveliest promenades in Spain, Explanada de España, with its 6.5 million marble tiles that lead you to a variety of bars, restaurants and open-air events.
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