Crystalline waters, fantastic beaches, breathtaking view points, interesting museums and exquisite cuisine. Tourists in Alicante couldn't ask for more! This Spanish port city is dynamic, diverse and blessed with natural beauties and all-year-long warm weather. Alicante is enriched by its history, climate and the fertile Mediterranean lands of its province, attracting visitors from several different countries.
Why not embark on a new adventure in this beautiful city? Explore everything Spain has to offer with a car hire in Alicante. And rest assured that Auto Europe has you covered. We are an international car hire company providing services in more than 135 countries. Thanks to our partnership with both local and international suppliers, we are able to offer a quality service and competitive low prices. Have a look at the wide variety of cars available in several locations in Alicante and take advantage of our special offers in Spain.
Driving in Alicante is much like driving in any medium sized city. However, it's important to keep in mind that in the summer months the traffic increases significantly, as this city is one of the most visited destinations in Spain. Drivers coming from Alicante Airport to the city centre can drive north via A-70. Those departing from Valencia will reach the centre in 2 hours via A-7. If you are planning a car rental in Alicante, then you may be interested in some driving tips. For more detailed information about driving in Spain, check out our guide. We also recommend planning a scenic drive along the coast by starting in Alicante and making your way to Barcelona. The total trip by car is approximately 330 miles long if you follow the coastal highway AP-7 and it will surprise you with incredible views along the way!
Just like other touristic cities, parking downtown can be a difficult task. However, there are two large parking areas near the harbour that typically have plenty of spaces available. One of them is the subterranean parking near Melia Hotel and the other is located at Panoramis shopping mall, on the other end of the harbour. It's important to notice that parking along a yellow curb is not permitted, while parking along a blue curb means it is paid parking and there should be a ticket machine nearby. Parking rates can vary between €1.20-2.00/hour (approx. £1.11-1.85), pending on location, with daily maximums of €11.00-24.00 (£10.15- 22.15). Most of these paid areas operate from Monday to Friday between 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm and on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.
Alicante Airport is located 20 minutes southwest of the city centre, in the municipality of Elche. The airport is easily accessible from all directions and well signposted trough the highways. It is currently the sixth largest airport in Spain and has recently undergone renovations which replaced the old terminals with a new, modern one. In 2015, the airport handled more than 10.5 million passengers and the majority of traffic was operated by airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet and Vueling.
Official Name: Alicante Airport (ALC)
Address: N-338, s/n, 03195 El Altet, Alicante, Spain
Telephone: +34 91 321 10 00
Alicante is the perfect place to explore and bask in the sun during the day, walking around the old quarters and catching a glimpse into the ancient times through the beautiful Castle of Santa Barbara overlooking Barrio de La Santa Cruz. At night, the relaxed atmosphere transforms into a buzz on local bars and parties going on until very late. With so many exciting things to do, we compiled a few recommendations below:
Take advantage of your car hire in Alicante to visit nearby areas and places of interest. Auto Europe has also created a special guide for a road trip in Catalonia and Valencia, with lots of information on sights, dining and accommodation in the region. We also couldn't miss the opportunity to recommend some of our favorite destinations for a day trip:
San Juan Beach
If you like sunny skies and soft, sandy beaches, than this place is for you! Just about 6 miles north of Alicante lies the stunning Playa del San Juan, known as one of Spain's best beaches. It has a long shore of 4 miles and just a few minutes away you will find a vast array of options for restaurants, hotels, nightlife venues and even a golf course. All in all, this is a great place to spend the day, with plenty facilities available and all the natural beauties anyone could want.
Palm Groves of Elche
This green eden in located just 30 minutes south of Alicante. With over two hundred thousand palm trees, La Palmeral de Elche constitutes the largest palm grove in Europe. It was deemed World Heritage Site by UNESCO especially due to roots dating back to the 1st millennium BC! This one of kind place combines an agricultural area and an amazing garden called Huerta del Cura. From April to September, visitors can spend the afternoon admiring the spurting fountains, flowers and birds around the park.
Torrevieja is located just 40 minutes south of Alicante Airport, on the Costa Blanca. There is a busy seafront promenade and excellent shopping areas in this city. In addition, tourists can spend the day at the Aquopolis Water Park or visit the Museo del Mar y de la Sal. Despite being a resort city, with over 1000 restaurants and bars to choose from, it's still possible to be closer to nature and admire the raw beauty of its beaches and flora. Torrevieja is surrounded by the Salinas de Torrevieja - two natural saltwater lagoons with strikingly vibrant colours. One is bright pink and the other is a glowing green.
Alicante lies in the heart of the beautiful Costa Blanca, on the east coast of Spain, as the second largest city of the Valencia Province. It has over 330,000 inhabitants and it's embraced by the Mediterranean Sea. La Costa Blanca is, in fact, the biggest coastal region in Spain, with popular beaches such as San Juan. The well-tempered climate of this area is partially responsible for the constant influx of tourists to Alicante. August is the hottest month, with an average of 26°C, while the coldest temperatures happen in January at 12°C. In addition, there is plenty of time to enjoy the sandy beaches in the summer, with 11 hours of daily sunshine. The wettest month here is October, with an average of 2.6 inches of rainfall.
Alicante's excellent weather has always attracted people from different places. Its history started between 5000 and 3000 BC, around the slopes of Mount Benacantil, when hunters came from Central Europe. Nowadays, Castillo de Santa Barbara stands in this area. In 1308, Alicante was incorporated in the Kingdom of Valencia by Jaime II. Over 200 years later, the economy began to flourish, especially due to a growing sea trade from port of Castile. Alicante survived several wars and it was only ater the 18th century that it began to recover. The combination of the railway, access to the port and population growth turned Alicante into a cosmopolitan city, the second largest in Valencia.
Alicante is a pedestrian-friendly city, and most landmarks are located within walking distance. In addition, there is a robust public transport network operating here. The city transport pass cards are known as Mobilis, available from tobacconists, authorised kiosks, and Metro stations. For tourists or short time visitors, the best option is to purchase a ONO Travel Card, which is valid for 10 journeys and costs €9,00 (approx. £8.29). To validate your card, simply swipe it across the red circle on the machines located next to the bus drivers or inside metro stations.
The network of bus routes in Alicante is substantial, connecting the main points in the city and suburban areas. A single fare costs €1.45 (€1.34) and the buses run at frequent intervals from morning to night. Alicante's official website offers a complete timetable and route plan for each bus line. The C6 bus operates between the airport and the city centre every 20 minutes, also stopping at the train station and other major streets.
Alicante is part of Renfe, the national train network linking the province to the rest of Spain. The Central Train Station is served by major rail routes, and there is a high speed train running from Alicante to Madrid in 2h 20 min. The city also counts with a Tram Railway System, a cheap mean of transportation with four different lines that will take you around many key areas in Alicante. It operates between 6am and 11pm. A single fare costs €1.35 (£1.24).
Apart from these options, there are plenty of taxis available at various points around the city. Taking a taxi from the airport to the city centre, for example, will cost about €20 (£18.25). Taxi stands at the airport are easily accessible: one is located outside the Arrivals hall (floor 0) and one outside the Departures hall (floor 2). We recommend making taxi reservations through TaxiTender, an online booking platform for reliable and reasonable priced airport transfers.