The beautiful Valencian city of Alicante is an ancient Mediterranean port that has seen the rise and fall of many great powers, including the Romans and the Moors. Today Alicante is a wonderful destination with something to offer everyone – archeological sites, lovely beaches, historic neighborhoods, great food, and a thriving nightlife. Golf is also a popular pastime here, and golf fans will find many Alicante hotels are within easy reach of Campo de Golf El Plantio
Castle of Santa Barbara sits on Mount Benacantil in the center of the city, a formidable structure that was erected by the Moors in the 9th century. During the day, visitors can take an elevator to the top for far-reaching views over the city, while at night the lit-up fortress is a beautiful sight itself.
The earliest evidence of Alicante's inhabitants dates back to 5000BC. Greek and Phoenician artifacts from 1000BC have also been found around Mount Benacantil, and history aficionados will find much to intrigue them at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante. Alicante itself is very well preserved, its heritage apparent to all who venture through the historic city center. Some hotels in Alicante’s city center are housed in converted heritage buildings that date back hundreds of years.