To the east of Spain’s Costa Blanca lies the capital of the Alicante province, the city of Alicante. While the city offers attractive white sandy beaches and a delightful climate, day trips from Alicante offer rich cultural history for the keen adventurer.
Nearly all of Alicante’s attractions are within a short distance of the port, and there’s a free shuttle bus to the stop at the Ocean Race Museum. From this point, the city’s highlights are more accessible.
When you carefully plan each day out for the family, you can enjoy one museum or the castle in a morning and be finished by early afternoon, ready for lunch. You’ll then have time to head back to the seaside where the children will entertain themselves.
Transport wise, getting around the city is now easier than ever thanks to the modern tram system in place. With so many stops along the way, you won’t even need to drive around Alicante to get from one place of interest to the next.
Here are our suggestions for the best day trips from Alicante:
Explanada de España
Alicante’s splendid promenade starts from the old town and carries along to the city’s seafront with its big marina.
The flat promenade not only looks pretty with its bold marble-laid floor, but this smooth surface is very practical for less-abled travelers and wheelchair users. It provides a long safe pathway that avoids the busy main road.
On the Explanada de España you are bound to spot families out on leisurely walks, enjoying the family bonding experience. Family walks are common in Spain, but this particular promenade is popular for its scenic views and the refreshing shade of its many palm trees.
Here you will find older folks enjoying the ambience, simply people watching from their terraces and the promenade’s benches.
On a cooler evening, the well-lit walkway creates a pleasant atmosphere for an evening stroll down to the Spanish paseo.
If you don’t want to travel far from the old town, this is the beach for you. This popular beach is just off the main road, so you can expect it to get busy in the summer. However, it’s a spotlessly clean city beach and only two minutes’ walk from the city.
The clean golden sand makes an attractive beach, and the crystal clear waters are perfect for a bit of snorkeling. It’s a great beach for kids because it takes a long wade out to sea to get waist deep. The shallow waters make it feel quite safe, even for little ones.
There are ample beds and umbrellas for hire and lots of nearby facilities including bars, restaurants and children’s play areas.
Just a word of advice about parking cars near the beach. The car rental company at the airport will no doubt advise you not to leave any valuables in your car. However, one further suggestion is to leave your hire car at the hotel and simply walk to this beach. You’ll find the underground car park is very narrow, and its spaces are very close together.
Local Boat Trips
From the popular port you can cruise the Mediterranean by catamaran on family day trips from Alicante. If you prefer a longer trip, then why not book up for a family day out to Tabarca Island? The trip to the island on a glass-bottomed boat is fascinating, as you can observe the varied sea life below.
Just 2 kilometres off the coast from Santa Pola, you’ll think you’re in a different world on Tabarca. The whitewashed houses and blue shutters resemble Alicante’s old town, but the small community is very different to the mainland.
Walking past the island’s historic church and on towards the little lighthouse, you’ll notice the absence of cars. The island seems to manage very well without these modern conveniences. This may be why the air is so fresh and pure here.