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10 Fun facts about Alicante – Part 2

10 Fun facts about Alicante – Part 2

If we haven’t yet convinced you that Alicante and the Costa Blanca are awesome and fascinating and deserve a spot on your travel list, we take another change today, as we explore the Part 2 of our 10 Funfacts about Alicante exploration.

Last time we mentioned 5 fascinating aspects about Alicante and its surroundings, so it’s only fair to continue on:

6. Those who enjoy a good game of tennis know this name: David Ferrer. But fewer know that this Spanish sports star was born in Javea, close to Alicante. He actually lived there until the age of 13. He is one of the best tennis players today.

7. One of the symbols of Alicante is Castillo de Santa Barbara, a beautiful medieval fortress perched at the top of a mountain, in beautiful natural surroundings. First constructed in the 10th century by the Moors, the castle is one of the largest and best preserved in Europe.

8. Do you want to glimpse America in Europe? Then go to Benidorm, often compared to a European Manhatten. It has some of the tallest skyscrapers on the continent (only paralleled by London and Milan), with its Grand Bali Hotel Benidorm reaching more than 180 meters into the sky.

9. Alicante has a proud ancient history. The great Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca founded the fortified Akra Leuka (meaning “the White Mountain”) on the place of Alicante today. The city has been assimilated with light over the ages and its Roman name, Lucentum”, actually means “the City of Lights”.

10. Most tourists come to Alicante by plane and the airport in town is visited by over 9 million visitors yearly. The terminal offers many shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the option of Alicante airport transfers. To be on the safe side, you can book online in advance.

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