10 things I loved about Alicante

A City break to Alicante from Belfast

Here’s an idea. Minutes from Belfast City Centre you could board a flight to the sun and before you know it you’re in a bustling city in the sun on the Costa Blanca, Spain.

You’ve probably flown into Alicante airport many times and headed to a beach resort without considering a City break. I know heading off to the sun is a thing, that’s understandable considering our sometimes lack of it in Northern Ireland, but for me the thought of a 7, 10 or 14 night break to the sun is a no go. Lying on a beach or by a pool for two weeks just isn’t an option. But the heat is always nice, and that’s where a City break is perfect. 

It's flight time again @aerlingus…. guess where to this time?

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Aer Lingus took a group of us to Alicante so we could let you know how handy their flight is and just how good the City is. So here goes:

What are the 10 things I loved about visiting this City in the Sun and getting there:

It’s so easy to get to from Belfast City Airport. Just over two hours and you’re there. And to make the Belfast airport experience even more of a treat, book into the Airport Lounge. It’s worth it, you’re worth it!

Let’s mention Aer Lingus, it’s a little bit of luxury with comfy seats, great cabin crew and oh did I mention it flies from the City Airport and in just over two hours you’re in sunny Spain.

Alicante is a coastline city with a beautiful beach minutes walk from the city centre. We went on a cycle ride along the coastline. Although we did, unbelievably, have a police escort, it’s an easy ride along the stunning flat Mediterranean coastline. Definitely worth trying.

Santa Barbara Castle, the Old Town, towers 166 meters over Alicante and the views are phenomenal. The coastline and city stretch out below you right over to that other famous place on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm. I have to visit there some day!

Santa Barbara Castle
Santa Barbara Castle

Shopping: Like any City break, you have to fit in a bit of shopping, and as a Spanish city, El Corte Inglés Department Stores are always worth a visit. But there’s all the usual Spanish brands with their on trend fashion at cheaper Spanish prices, although given the state of the Brexit exchange rate it’s maybe not as good value as it used to be.

The promenade: It’s stunning, and was the point when the penny dropped and I thought ahhh this city has everything I need from a city break in the sun.

Flamenco: it has to be done. We went to our first ever Flamenco show and it was a passionate, intense and as incredible as you’d expect. I was mesmerised by its intensity, and they told us afterwards they tried to lighten it up a bit for us!!

Our first ever #flamenco ! @alicante_city @aerlingus @spain_inuk

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Nightlife: You have to go for a night out in the old town. All the little old back streets, known as el Barrio, are packed with bars, restaurants and locals. The area was buzzing.

Visit Mercado Central, think St George’s Market on steroids! It’s where the locals go to enjoy a taste of nightlife in the afternoon that has become very popoular in Alicante. They call it Tardeo

The Mushrooms: Follow the yellow brick road to find the giant mushrooms. Nothing more needs said about this street other than, I LOVED IT! Check out this video and you’ll see why. 

Thanks to the Valencia Region Tourist Board, Spanish Tourist Office in Great Britain and Aer Lingus for an awesome trip to this great city.

We stayed at the 2* Hotel Les Monges Palace. And had an evening meal at the 
5* Hotel Amerigo. 

5* Hotel Amerigo
5* Hotel Amerigo

Aer Lingus operates three times weekly service from Belfast to Alicante with fare starting from just £35.99 one-way including taxes

In addition to Alicante, Aer Lingus also flies to popular sun spots Palma, Malaga and Faro from Belfast, all from £35.99.

For more information on fares and schedules visit www.aerlingus.com

Jeff Meredith 

Giant mushrooms
Giant mushrooms
Street outside our hotel in Alicante
Street outside our hotel in Alicante
Messing around at Santa Barbara Castle
Attack of the bloggers

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