The people of Spain are incredibly passionate about their food; it’s a central part of their daily lives. For many residents of Alicante, their day begins at the Central Market, an enormous fresh market in the heart of the city. Covering a huge area, the market has more than 200 stalls on two levels. Most of the wares at the market are fresh produce and meats; however, there are some non-perishable items, making it a great destination to pick up authentic souvenirs. If you’re heading to the beach or planning on climbing Mount Benacantil, a stop at the market on your way out of town is a great way to prepare an inexpensive and healthy picnic and get a taste for local customs at the same time.
You’ll find plenty of fresh fish and seafood from nearby waters, while butchers serve well-priced cuts of local meats. Scattered throughout both floors are many vendors selling sun-ripened fruit and vegetables, including the famous Alicante tomatoes. Make a visit to Alicante’s Central Market for a full-bodied sensory experience; the smells, sights and sounds create a lasting memory.
As soon as you walk through the market’s grand art deco entrance, you’ll be met by chaos. The market is busy throughout the morning, with tourists and locals alike. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere and do some people-watching. The locals are friendly and most vendors are happy to have a chat. At the rear of the market you’ll find Alicante’s flower market, with a stunning spread of colorful blooms that provide a perfect photo opportunity. Pick up a bouquet to take back to your hotel for a pleasant and aromatic decoration.
Alicante Central Market is located on Avenida Alfonso, in the center of the city. It can be easily reached on foot, and taxis and public transportation also serve the area. Parking in the area is available, but not always easy to find. The market is open every morning except Sunday and there is no fee to enter.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Archaeological Museum of Alicante and Castle of Santa Barbara. Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre and Casa de La Asegurada are also within 15 minutes.
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 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 the heart of Alicante, this hostal is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Central Market and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Castle of Santa Barbara. Alicante Bullring and Alicante Principal Theatre are also within 10 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.
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.
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.