Alicante, 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 ancient city with a network of old, narrow streets offering dozens of bars and restaurants.
Nearby 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 TP52 MedCup season in 2007 and 2008 and the popular venue will be where the curtain rises again in 2009.. 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 ambitious spectators with a spectacular vantage point from which to watch over the race course, 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 cliff side 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 bars and restaurants are available in the city's the more modern part o 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. As the start city of the 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race there has been a substantial building and infrastructure building programme which has improved the waterfront area around the marina and the Audi MedCup race village.
On the water the race area has never proven an easy venue. Winds in May tend to be light and can be shifty, or can be stronger but often die late afternoon. The finish to the coastal races, at the entrance to the Marina have always been interesting, as the fading breeze provides an often unwelcome sting in the tail.