Guided tours in Alicante. Get to know and visit Alicante with an OFFICIAL TOURISM GUIDE, its monuments, museums, parks, places and people.
We propose some ways to know and visit ALICANTE and its province:
Alicante's strategic geographical location, in the heart of the Levantine coastline, has favoured the settlement of the main Mediterranean civilisations for centuries. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and later Arabs arrived to these coasts in search of new commercial routes and contributed with their culture to shape the character of the city.
The city and its port are presided over by Mount Benacantil, a large rocky promontory on the top of which stands the Santa Barbara fortress. Of Arab origin, the castle has traces of all the towns that passed through the city, although much of the current construction belongs to the sixteenth century. From the top of its walls, the entire city is dominated, while at the same time you get impressive panoramic views of the coastal and inland fringe in several kilometres around.
At the foot of this fortress was developed the ancient walled city. One of the most striking constructions in its framework of narrow streets is the Gothic church of Santa María (16th century), built on an ancient Arab mosque. Opposite it is the Casa de la Asegurada Museum (17th century), which houses an important collection of contemporary works by artists such as Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Eduardo Chillida.
The Town Hall Square, presided over by the Baroque façade of the Town Hall, is another of the important spaces of the old quarter. Behind it are two important buildings, the College of the Society of Jesus and the Concatedral of San Nicolás, completed in 1662. The Herrerian and Baroque styles are mixed in this temple, whose interior hides a beautiful 15th century cloister.