When to fly
Alicante is popular in summer and winter, and many consider it an all-year destination. The most popular time to take a flight to Alicante is between May and October when the weather is sunny and warm most of the time, and the area is inundated with millions of tourists. Note that hotels are expensive and hard to find without a reservation. Due to the number of people who come during this peak season, this is also the time of the biggest and wildest parties. National Day is October 12 when the Spanish are also on holiday.
Winter (December to February) and spring (March to May) have fewer crowds, find cheap flights to Alicante during the term, it is also easier to find a rental for an extended period of time. You may have to weigh up the benefit of finding cheap flights to Alicante with the fact that many of the bars, restaurants and attractions will be closed over this period.
Take a flight to Alicante and see the province of Alicante which extends along the Costa Blanca on the eastern side of Spain. This stretch of coastline takes in the towns of Javea, Calpe, Benidorm, and Santa Pola. The harbour city of Alicante was a draw for the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs as they searched for new trading routes long before tourists went for the sun, sea and sand.
It is an elegant city, bounded by Mount Benacantil on which earlier inhabitants of the city built Santa Barbara fortress. At the foot of the mountain is the Old Quarter with its narrow streets, alleyways, white-washed, flower-bedecked houses and Santa Maria Church, Gothic on the outside and gleaming gold inside. Opposite the church is the 17th-century Museo Municipal Casa de la Asegurada with its collection of 20th-century art.
The Explanada de España promenade, across from the port, is a wavy marble mosaic, with cafés, terraces and tall palm trees. As for beaches, there are several including Playa del Postiguet, right in the centre of the city at the base of the mountain. Albufereta offers great water sports, swimming and fishing. Saladares Beach is also known as Urbanova. It’s quiet and is located at Alicante’s southernmost point.
Book a cheap flight to Alicante and see the Old Town Quarter’s charm. With buildings that date back hundreds of years, hanging baskets spilling over with colourful flowers, the Town Hall, Cathedral and lots of art museums, it’s a lovely place to spend a few hours.
Santa Barbara Castle, which stands on top of Mount Benacantil, is another must-visit. It’s one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses and has wonderful views of the Bay of Alicante. On a really clear day you can see all the way to Tabarca Island which is only an hour away. The island, a protected marine reserve, is studded with little bays to swim in and traditional restaurants to tuck into a hearty fish stew. The must-eats include “caldero” (stewed fish prepared in a huge metal kettle), red mullet, sardines and octopus.
Alicante is one of those perennial family favourites as it guarantees warm sun, sparkling sea and soft sand. Consequently, the list of airlines offering cheap flights to Alicante is long.