For many visitors to the coast of Spain, the Alicante Harbour is the first port of call. When most of Alicante’s maritime industry shifted to nearby Valencia in the 1980s, the city’s harbor precinct was redeveloped for the tourist market. Today, 80,000 visitors disembark at the harbor from cruise ships, ferries and pleasure craft each year. The area surrounding the harbor is busy most of the day, with locals and visitors alike strolling the promenade in search of the perfect restaurant or bar.
Alicante Harbour is the gateway to many of the region’s attractions; however, there’s plenty to see and explore before you board a boat. Wander along the harbor’s palm-lined esplanade, La Explanada de España, and choose from the many restaurants serving regional cuisine. As you walk along the esplanade, you’ll notice that the marble tiles on the path are a mosaic that forms a wave-like pattern.
At sunset, enjoy a cool drink and watch the sky change color as you gaze over the Mediterranean Sea. By night, patrons from the area’s bars fill the streets, giving the harbor a party atmosphere.
In the harbor numerous operators offer tours and charters. Spend the day on a catamaran exploring the area’s coastline or take a one-hour ferry ride to nearby Tabarca Island. Wander the car-free streets of the island’s tiny historic town before heading off to explore its wilderness areas and marine reserve.
Alicante Harbour is surrounded by great beaches. The area immediately adjacent is best avoided by swimmers, but a 10-minute walk along the sand will lead you to beautiful, clean water and plenty of space to stretch out.
The city of Alicante is built around this waterway. Many of the main streets lead straight to Alicante Harbour. There is plenty of car parking in the area, much of it free. The harbor is open daily and there is no fee to explore the area.
Melia Alicante sits between Postiguet Beach and Alicante Marina, close to the famous Explanada de España promenade, 100 meters from the historic center of Alicante and 300 meters from the shopping area of the city.
Located in Alicante City Centre, this apartment is 0 mi (0 km) from Museo de Belenes and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. San Nicolas Cathedral and Alicante Town Hall are also within 5 minutes.
Sercotel Hotel Spa Porta Maris overlooks the water between Postiguet Beach and Alicante Marina, a few steps from Casino Mediterráneo. The train station is 25 minutes away on foot, and the walk up to Santa Bárbara Castle, either via Old Town or along the beach, takes around 30 minutes.
TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel is a 7-minute walk from popular Postiguet Beach. Guests can also walk 10 minutes to the city center and its buzzing markets. The hotel is a 7-minute cab ride from Santa Bárbara Castle medieval fortress, and guests can catch a boat from the port to Tabarca Island.
Located in Alicante City Centre, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Alicante Town Hall and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Harbour and San Nicolas Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Alicante City Centre, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Central Market and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Principal Theatre and Fogueres Festival Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Alicante City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Nicolas Cathedral and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Explanada de Espana and Fogueres Festival Museum are also within 5 minutes.