|Alicante was a pleasant surprise with a wide clean beach open to the public, lovely clean streets, many historical buildings and sunshine. First we walked along the promenade to the tunnel that leads through the middle of the hill to the elevator to go up to the castle of Santa Barbara. Sitting high atop the city on Mount Benacantil the castle dates back to the 9th century during the period of Muslim control. There were great views up there of the town and the coastline.
We made our way back down and strolled through the delightful narrow streets lined with flags and flowers. The streets were immaculate. We had not expected such a nice place. There was very little tacky tourist “stuff”.
We had a beer in a plaza behind the meat and fish market. Our waiter was funny – he showed us a chalk board with all different languages on it but he didn’t speak English!