The city of Alicante is located on the mediterranean sea in Spain. It’s a big agglomeration with lots of towns being part of it. One of the most famous ones is Benidorm. A place which is infamous for it’s ‘old’ population.
Let’s get a look into this city and a couple of fun facts!
First people settled there over 7000 years ago
Many different conquerors: Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors
The Romans called the city ‘Lucentem’, which means ‘City of Light’.
Castillo de Santa Barbara was built by the Moors in the 10th century. It’s one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe.
The Explanada de Espana promenade is home of 400 palm trees and 6.6 million marble tiles. All in red, black or cream colors. The perfect place for an evening stroll at the waterfront.
Rice is a popular part of the cuisine in Alicante. The surrounding area produces more than 115.000 tons each year.
Alicante is home of the tapas. They used to give travelers little delicacies on a slice of bread.
In Alicante, people speak Spanish and Valenciano, which are two different languages.
The name Cost Blanca was invented by British European Airways to promote flights to Valencia.
The nearby Benidorm was the first tourist destination to accept bikinis on the beach. Back in 1950.
The Santa Barbara Castle overlooking Alicante is 166 meters above the seashore.
15 percent of the population are foreigners who live in Alicante.
The Alicante airport processes over 9 million people each year.
Which fun fact surprised you the most? Let me know in the comments!