Situated on the popular Costa Blanca – on the southern coast of Spain - is a charming city with a rich cultural history. When you're sick of the Irish weather (and who isn't) and wish to get away from it all, choose a sunny place. To load up your batteries, take a relaxing walk on a beach, visit interesting cultural events and eat delicious food. Have a drink in a bar overlooking the sea and enjoy the amazing views. Sounds about right? Well this could be your next holiday if you book your cheap flights to Alicante. Do you know where to look for great deals on flights and accomodation? We'll give you a few travel tips on when to go, how to get around and what to see in the neighbourhood. Make it cheap, you don't have to spend all your money to get good value holiday. The secret is to have your cake and eat it too. Are you interested? Read on!
The weather in Alicante
Alicante is sunny all year round. It's hard to believe but even in December there are 5 hours of sunshine a day and till July the number increases to 11 hours of sunshine a day. The rain is scarce in the summer. The most rainy month is October, however rainfalls start already in September. The summer is hot and dry, it's good for sunbathing and soaking in the water. The average temperatures in July and August are around 25 and 26 Celsius degrees during daytime but they can go up to 30 degrees. If you're more into walking around and sightseeing – come a little bit earlier in late April or in early October. The average temperatures are around 20 Celsius degrees in those months. The weather will be just very pleasant but shouldn't be bothering. Sea water temperatures also average around 25 and 26 Celsius degrees in July and August. Sea waters are the coldest in February, falling down to 14 Celsius degrees on average.
Getting there – a cheap flight to Alicante
There are over 2000 km from Dublin to Alicante, so if you were to drive, it would've taken you 28 hours (without a break!) It takes less than 3 hours to fly directly from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Alicante Airport (ALC). This means that only 3 hours of a short cheap flight leads you to your best holiday in this beautiful spot on the White Coast of Spain. You can also fly to Alicante from Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN). Donegal Airport (Letterkenny) and Knock (NOC) airports offer mostly indirect flights with one or two stops. Sometimes these joined connections can surprise with low prices! Your cheap flight to Alicante may cost even 100 euro or less for a round trip per passenger. Look for deals especially during the week. For best bargains on flights and accomodation go to www.esky.ie where you can easily find the cheapest holidays for you and your family. The eSky cheap flight search engine is fast and user friendly. You don't have to spend anymore time comparing different airlines on your own!
How to get from the airport to the city centre / hotel
When you arrive at the airport you can take a bus, a train or a taxi to get to Alicante city centre. You can also rent a car which can be especially convenient for other trips, however Alicante is quite well connected with other cities around. The airport is located 12 km southwest from the city centre which is not far. Service C6 buses leave the airport every 20 minutes and the fare is around €5.30. At night (between midnight and 5am) they run every hour. They're just outside departure's hall on Level 2. A great and fast way of travelling is by train - Alicante Metropolitan TRAM which can also take you to Benidorm. If you prefer to take a taxi, you'll be charged around €20 but you'll be taken directly to your hotel hassle-free in around 20 minutes. Taxi rank is located on Level 0 outside Arrivals. Radio Taxi Elche is the one with the green line on it. If you think about the best way to get around Alicante, remember that it's a small and compact city, you can do it all walking or rent a bike if you're feeling fit.
What to see in Alicante?
One of top attractions of Alicante is Santa Barbara Castle located on Mount Bencantil. You can reach the top of the hill by climbing steep but well kept staircase leading through the beautiful park called La Ereta. If your energy levels are low, you can take a lift from the inside of Mount Benacantil or drive up and park your car outside the castle. The ancient complex dating from the 9th to the 18th century is huge, so make sure to reserve enough time. Alicante has several interesting museums you can visit. From the amazing Archeology Museum, through Volvo Ocean Race Museum dedicated to race and tall ships, to the Museum of Modern Art with works by Dali, Picasso or Miró. Many museums and restaurants are closed on Mondays. Visit less known beaches to relax in a more tranquil atmosphere like Playa del Coco or Saladares – Urbanova beach in the residential part of town. Alicante is famous for excellent food, anyhting from seafood, meaty paellas or pintxos, also known as montaditos (their version of tapas) is worth a try. A good direction for shopping and food is Rambla Méndez Núñez.
What airlines fly to Alicante?
You can fly to Alicante with Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways but also Air Europa, Iberia or Tap Air Portugal. All of these airlines fly from and to Dublin Airport. (October, 162 euro, December, 50 euro) There are direct flights but also there are connections with one stopover. Depending on your schedule this can be a good opportunity to pay a short visit to another interesting city like London, Lisbon or Amsterdam.
What should you bring along?
A good practice before packing your bag is to make a checklist. Bring light t-shirts and comfy shoes. If you plan to eat in gourmet restaurants, you should think about proper outfit. The Spaniards love fashion so you can also buy something fancy there and then. Sunglasses and a hat will be necessary especially with your delicate Irish skin. Pick a good high filter sunscreen, the last thing you want on your holiday is to spend it suffering from skinburn. 30+ SPF applied several times a day will not only protect you from burning but will also guarantee a lovely sunkissed skin. Since you can't bring a big bottle of sun cream as liquids are limited to 100 ml, you might as well buy your supply at the airport or when you get there. Always check airlines restrictions regarding hand luggage. Alicante's amazing beaches will give you the opportunity to present your bikini, you can't miss a swim in those warm crystal clear waters. Bring a good book or a magazine to read on a beach and a camera that will keep all your fantastic memories. Just don't forget spare batteries and a memory card! Ready to go? The adventure is waiting!