In 2020, I chose to split up my holidays a bit (partly linked to the covid and partly because it is easier to manage the cats…). So I took a few extra days in September to go to the seaside. I chose Alicante as my destination!
I had booked at the hostel Numero Trece, best hostel ever! Brand new and really well thought out (we have a “private” space with a curtain, a shelf, a cupboard, electrical outlets. And there is a very cute little terrace! With the covid I was even alone at the beginning for a huge room! This for 58E for three nights. Admittedly a little out of the way but close to the central “mercado” tram station.
A bus leaves from the airport to make a circular circuit around the city center for 3.85 € each way. Then the means of transport that I preferred is the tram! The price of the ticket depends on the number of zones crossed: 1.35 € (1 zone), 2.50 € (2 zones), 3.75 € (3 zones), 4.85 € (4 zones), 6.05 € (5 zones), 7.15 € (6 zones).
On the first day (the day after my arrival as I arrived late) I visited the older parts of Alicante. I wanted to go to the castle on foot through the ramparts! I was very happy to be in September and not in the hottest days of the year 😅. It’s an old fortress which also allows to have a superb point of view on the city!
I entered through the small old streets of the city, I liked it a lot!
Vamos a la playa! This second day I went to the beach in San Juan. It’s quite far from the center but definitely worth the trip! This is typically the type of beach that I like: large expanses of sand; a mainly “car-free” promenade with very pleasant terraces. Little anecdote: a man was rollerblading in a thong to perfect his tan 😂.
I also visited the city a little more!
- Day 3
This last day I went a little less far: the beach of Albufereta. It’s a pretty little cove even if it’s close to a big road and there is no terrace nearby.
I didn’t go to the downtown beach because I find it to be the negative side of the city. Indeed the promenade is very nice but the main road (several lanes) passes between the promenade and the beach! And that ruins me a little the pleasure of strolling there. What did not prevent me from eating on the terrace on the Esplanade d’Espagne.
Conclusion and budget
I really enjoyed this little Spanish getaway! We can see that it’s not the most touristic city and that we have to move away a little for the best beach spots. But also very pleasant, it is a change from the crowded beaches of Barcelona!
I got it for 298.22 € distributed as follows :
– 105,98€ for the flight (but for me it was via a “covid” voucher)
– 58€ for accommodation
– 47,65€ for transport (including 23.10 € for parking in Beauvais and 9 € for the round trip toll)
– 76,59€ for foods and drinks
– 10€ for souvenirs