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Alicante is a provincial capital on the eastern Spanish coast known as the Costa Blanca. Blessed with white-sand beaches against a backdrop of rugged mountains, the city also boasts a castle, an atmospheric old quarter and a long waterfront.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The 16th-century Castillo de Santa Barbara is everything one would expect from a medieval castle - including drawbridges, hidden passages and a real dungeon. Located at the top of Mount Benacantil, it offers incredible views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
If you're a scuba-diving enthusiast, there's a spectacular underwater adventure waiting for you on the island of Tabarca. With a protected marine reserve surrounding the island and crystal-clear waters, it's a scuba-diving encounter you won't soon forget. Daily boat trips are made from Alicante to Tabarca, which is 11 miles off the coast.
Among the region's specialties is a variety of rice dishes with shellfish, such as arroz a la alicantina, which is a combination of rice, mussels, king prawns and chicken, or arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish broth.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Spain. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
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Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.