Good morning! I thought it would be helpful to give some travel tips for Alicante if it ever ends up being on your list of places to go in Spain. It's such an interesting city and was very different than the other Spanish cities that I've had the pleasure of visiting. Its location on the Mediterranean makes it really unique and therefore there's an intricate weaving of history, the sea, spanish culture and modernity. So here we go.. Here's a list of must do activities:
Climb up to Santa Barbara Castle
Put your sneakers on and start the climb up to the castle that defines the city's landscape. I'm a huge history nerd so knowing that this castle/fort goes back even before medieval times is incredible. The castle is pretty ruined but the view is still completely unspoiled. Take a seat on the edge and take it all in and if your not in the climbing mood, don't worry, there's an elevator carved into the mountain to take you up. Top: Lululemon, Shorts: Mango, Shoes: Stella McCartney for Adidas
Have a Gelato from Livanti
Ok, so it's not really uniquely Spanish but it was one of the best servings of gelato that I've ever had. Hands down. I went twice and tried the sicilian pistachio, nutella, and amaretto flavors. It's tucked away jn the old city so it's perfect to grab a cup and stroll the side streets. This leads me to my next tip:
Stroll the Old City and take in the Architecture (especially the doors!)
You see, I have this thing with doors. I just love the grandeur of old Spanish architecture. Most of these incredible sights are all clustered in the old town and very walkable. Dress: Tularosa, Shoes: Isabel Marant, Sunnies: Miu Miu (similar)
Sip Sangria after a Siesta
The best way to enjoy the city is to slow down and take on the slow pace of Spanish coastal life. The owner was taking the chairs back outside after the afternoon break and we were able to just sit on the cobblestone street and marvel. Sometimes travel itineraries can be so packed that you forget to really enjoy the moment.
Swim in the Mediterranean at dusk
No secret here that I love the sea! We stayed at the Melia Alicante which is literally hovering over the water. The water, let me tell you, was SO warm. After a long day of activities this is seriously the best way to push the reset button and relax. Even a little yoga on the beach doesn't hurt either. It is a city on the sea after all and since people eat dinner so late there, you have plenty of time to showered up to head out for an evening of tapas! My favorite was El Portal restaurant! Swimsuit: Made by Dawn
What to wear
It gets H-O-T hot in Alicante. I visited at the end of September and it most definitely still felt like summer. Lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton work best and I opted to get inspired by the Spanish flare in some of the things I packed. The white tunic doubles as a swim coverup and since Alicante is a town along the beach, it really is the ultimate suitcase staple because the bottom half is lined.