The ancient city, capital of the Costa Blanca, has more than 3,000 years of history and the visitor will recognise the legacy of many different civilizations in the area. As well as being the stepping off point, the gateway to one of Spain's most popular holiday destinations, the vibrant city has many different cultural, historical and leisure attractions to offer.
Alicante, it seems, is in action almost around the clock, but offers parks, good shopping and an historic old city with a network of old, narrow streets offering dozens of bars and restaurants.
The fine, sandy beaches are some of the best in Spain and the weather is favourable year round which have combined to make Alicante a popular holiday destination.
Alicante opened the 2007 MedCup season and it does again in 2008 season. The big, modern yacht marina offers easy to the clear open sailing waters.
The race course is overlooked by the impressive Castillo Santa Bàrbara up on the top of Mount Benacantil. This will provide spectators with the best vantage point from which to watch over the racecourse, perhaps especially to track the Coastal Race out to the nearby Tabarca Island.
Walking down from the through the Parque de La Ereta there is a spectacular restaurant and you can wander down through the quintessentially Spanish Santa Cruz area to the old town.
As well as the traditional restaurants in the old town quarter modern, cool pubs and restaurants are available in the city's the more modern part of
the city between the sea front, Explanada España and Avenida Alfonso El Sabio.
In the evenings in "El Barrio", the pedestrian area in the Old Town around the Cathedral, becomes a meeting point where locals and visitors of all ages and from all over the world gather.
Alicante has invested heavily to enhance its reputation as one of Spain's leading sailing cities. The Volvo Ocean Race starts from Alicante later this year.