Fly To Alicante, Spain
Alicante is a historic Mediterranean port city on the Costa Blanca and until the recession, it was one of the fastest growing cities in Spain. Apart from an economy based on tourism, thanks to a number of major beach resorts, and administration, thanks to housing the headquarters of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, Alicante is home to Ciudad de la Luz, one of the largest film studios in Europe. Whether you want to go for business or pleasure, Travelstart can help you find and book the cheapest flights to Alicante from South Africa.
Spain Visa Requirements
- South African passport holders travelling to Alicante do require a Schengen Visa to enter Spain. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
See and do
The 16th century Castle of Santa Barbara overlooks the city from Mount Benacantil – its tower is older and dates from the 13th century. It is best to take the lift, from the footbridge opposite Playa del Postiguet, to reach the castle, but returning through the Parque de le Ereta is also a pleasant walk.
The Esplanade, stretching along the waterfront, lined by trees and paved with marble tiles, is one of the most beautiful promenades in Spain. It is also often used as a venue for outdoor music concerts. The El Palmeral Park also has an auditorium for concerts, in addition to ponds and brooks, picnic areas, children’s playgrounds and walking trails. Another tourist attraction is Tabarca Island, a former haven for pirates.
Other sites include the Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria, the Cathedral of St Nicholas of Bari, and the Gravina Palace, housing the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, which has paintings and sculptures dating from the 16th to the 19th century. The splendid Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante, housed in the Casa de la Asegurada, has an excellent collection of 20th century Spanish art, including works by Dali, Miro, Sempere and Picasso.
North of the harbour is the sandy beach of Playa del Postiguet, while Playa de San Juan is larger and not as crowded. The Panoramis is an area of trendy shops, restaurants and bars on the western causeway.
Alicante Airport – ALC
In March 2011 the new terminal area of Alicante Airport was opened, increasing its capacity to 20 million passengers per year. A multilevel covered parking area was opened at the same time.
Currently the airport is only accessible by road, but it is envisaged that space in the basement of the new terminal will be utilized for train and tram stations, so that in future it can also be accessed by these modes of transport.