Alicante is the capital of the province of Alicante. The city is on the shores of the Mediterranean, on a plain drawn by a series of hills and elevations.
Between Barcelona and Alicante there are approximately 500 km away.
In the coast line it is worth mentioning the beaches that are, from north to south: San Juan, La Almadraba, La Albufereta, El Postiguet, Agua Amarga, El Saladar, and those of the island of Tabarca. Between the beaches of La Albufereta and San Juan there is the Cabo de la Huerta, with numerous coves: Calabarda, Cantalares, Los Judíos, La Palmera.
Parks and recreation areas
- Explanada de España
- Parque de Canalejas
- Parque de El Palmeral
- Parque Lo Morant
- Parque de La Ereta
- Parque Juan Pablo II
- Parque La Paz
Although there are many municipalities in the province of Alicante, these are the main ones based on their population:
Being the first 5, the best known.
The Alicante weather is with mild temperatures throughout the year and scarce rains, concentrated mainly in the autumn (September-November) and with a markedly dry summer.
The winters are mild. The coldest month (January) has an average temperature of 12 ° C, a maximum of about 17 ° C and minimum of between 6 and 7 ° C. Frosts are very rare, with an average of once a year, while snow is practically unknown in the city.18 Summers are warm, with August being the warmest month, with an average of around 26 ° C . In this month the maximums are not too high (due to the maritime influence), even being somewhat below 31 ° C and being therefore softer than in much of central and southern peninsular. However, the nights are usually tropical in July and August, with an average of the minimum of around 21 ° C.
The annual precipitations are scarce, barely exceeding 300 mm and with a great irregularity. The months of June to August are very dry (with an average of about 4 mm in July), in contrast to the rainiest months: September and October, due to the torrential rains caused by the cold drop, which have surpassed several times the 200 mm in 24 hours causing severe flooding.
In the province there is an extensive network of roads that connect the province with the rest of the country. They also connect the different important points of the area with each other. There are therefore highways, highways and national roads, among which the following are the main ones:
- AP -7 Autopista del Mediterráneo: It connects the north-south direction of Valencia to Cartagena, joining through it all the cities of the coastal strip, such as Denia, Benidorm, Alicante or Torrevieja.
- A- 7 Autovía del Mediterráneo: It is the free alternative to the previous one. Follow a similar route, but diverted inland. In this way, it connects the Valencia-Murcia route, connecting cities such as Alcoy, Ibi, Alicante, Elche and Orihuela.
- A-31 Alicante motorway: Connects Alicante with Madrid. In this way, it becomes the road that supports the most incoming traffic in the province. It is also the main axis for the Vinalopó regions, connecting the capital with cities such as Villena, Elda and Novelda.
- CV – 80 Highway CV-80: Link the A-31 with the A-7, at the height of Sax and Castalla. It not only connects these two important highways, but also allows the fast connection of the two main industrial poles of the interior, Elda and Alcoy.
- N – 340 It is the national route that used to connect the Murcia-Valencia route in the interior, which has come less since the opening of the A-7, although it still retains many sections that give access to towns outside the motorway. On this road you will find the famous Puerto de la Carrasqueta.
- N – 332 It is the national that connects Valencia with Cartagena along the coast. It runs parallel to the AP-7, even staying next to the sea line even in areas of difficult access where the highway roundabout. It crosses all the coastal towns.
Since June 2013, the province of Alicante has been connected directly to Madrid by a high-speed line through the Renfe commercial service called AVE, which runs through Villena, Albacete and Cuenca. In addition to the Alicante-Termino station, it also has a station in Villena, far from the urban area that serves the northern regions.
The province has three connections of conventional Iberian gauge track. The line that leaves from the city of Alicante towards the north, consists of a single electrified lane, which forks in the Villenense district of La Encina in 2 directions, Valencia and Madrid. It has a Euromed train service, between Alicante and Valencia-Barcelona, and the Alvia, which connects Alicante with Madrid. There is also service of different regional and long-distance trains that connect other different sites. There is no commuter service, which has generalized the use of the car throughout the Vinalopó valley (Villena, Elda, Novelda, Petrer, …) and has contributed to the development of bus transport to fill this gap.
The second route is the one that runs from the city of Alicante towards Elche and Murcia, in one direction and without electrification. It offers the service of Cercanías Alicante-Murcia, which connects what is almost a continuous urban succession.
The third is a branch of the Valencia-Játiva line that reaches Alcoy. The Alcoy-Alicante stretch was never completed
The main railway stations of ADIF that operate the Renfe lines and which are currently in operation, are the following:
Station of Elche-Park
Villena High Speed Station
Orihuela-Miguel Hernández Station
La Encina Station
Station of San Vicente Centro
Metropolitan of Alicante
Use the commercial brand TRAM Metropolitano de Alicante, and it is operated by the regional company FGV.
- Port of Alicante Commercial port, Passenger port, Marina, Fishing port, Maritime Rescue Boat, Maritime Service Ship of the Civil Guard, Cataloged with blue flag (Alicante-Orán and Algiers passenger line)
- Port of Denia Passenger port Fishing port, Marina, Cataloged with blue flag (Passenger lines Denia-Ibiza and Denia-Palma)
- Puerto de Santa Pola Commercial port, Marina, Fishing port, Cataloged with blue flag (Passenger lines to the Island of Tabarca)
- Port of Torrevieja
(Passenger lines to the island of Tabarca) Commercial port, Fishing port, Marina, Cataloged with blue flag
The Alicante-Elche Airport is located next to the Elche town of El Altet.
Some of the main companies that operate in Alicante are Ryanair (which has a base for years), as well as EasyJet. However, many other companies maintain regular lines, being the lines most in demand those that connect Alicante with the main Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Palma) and with all the countries of central and northern Europe, emitting tourism to our region, mainly United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Sweden and recently, Russia.
Within the United Kingdom, flights to London are the most demanded.