- Where to do bike touring?
Alicante is one of the most well-known and touristic cities in Spain. There are a lot of things to do and places to visit in the city, so there is no time to get bored. At Apartamentos Tito, if you are going to come to Alicante with children, we suggest you several activities that you can do with them and places where you can go, perfect for the little ones.
What to visit
Santa Bárbara Castle
It is a must visit place, from where you will have amazing views of the sea and the city and where the little ones will learn, run and play among the archaeological remains of this spectacular castle.
They are perfect to enjoy them together with children. Calm waters, fine sand and very low slopes. In addition, many beaches offer playgrounds where the kids can have fun.
The children will love this trip, since they will be able to play and have fun in the streets of this small island and observe the marine fauna in one of the many small bays around. In addition, the trip by boat from the city to the island (round trip), you can be certain that it will entertain them a lot.
Places to eat
We strongly recommend the area of Explanada and Maisonnave, where you will find many bars and restaurants of typical food from different countries. Whether you fancy some tapas or prefer a Mexican taco, a hamburger or Italian food, these areas are perfect.
Furthermore, it is essential that children try Peret ice cream. This kiosk is located at one end of Explanada and it has been offered delicious ice creams for many years.
Apart from all these places, you can find lots of children’s parks and play areas. Besides, you can walk through the most important shopping centers of the city (Plaza Mar 2 and Gran Vía), where you will find all kinds of shops (as well as toy stores).
Alicante, with more than 3,000 years of history, can be proud of having become a modern and multicultural city. Currently, it is one of the most tourist cities in Spain for its pleasant climate, its fabulous beaches and an incredible cultural and leisure offer. What can be done in Alicante when you have, for example, 4 days to visit it? From Apartamentos Tito we give you the clue to take advantage of them.
Alicante in 4 days
The first stop is the historic centre of El Barrio. This neighborhood was developed around Santa Bárbara Castle, and it is an iconic medieval monument in the city, placed on the top of Mount Benacantil, and famous for its exhibitions on the history of the place and its dramatised tours. El Barrio is known for its narrow and steep streets flanked by remains of the medieval wall and by the polychromatic facades of its houses with lattices covered with flowers. Another places not to be missed are the Cathedral of San Nicolás, the hermitage of San Roque and the hermitage of Santa Cruz.
To finish the day, let yourself get carried away by the lively nightlife of the bars, restaurants and pubs with their jazz concerts.
The marine environment around El Puerto, next to the coast, is spectacular. Its prestigious restaurants, the typical seafood taverns, bingo, countless shops, its promenades or the aquarium could be some of the plans for this day. In addition, street art festivals are held in summer.
For shoppers there is a shopping paradise, Gran Vía. This huge shopping center has more than 100 shops, restaurants, cinemas and different leisure activities ideal to spend a whole day.
There is nothing like ending the visit with a relaxing day at the beach. Alicante can boast of having some of the best beaches in Europe, one of them in the very center of the city, Postiguet beach or the tourist beach of San Juan.
Alicante is a city plenty of shopping centres and all kind of different shops: clothing stores, gift shops, electronic stores, decoration shops and more besides. If you are staying in one of our apartments, very well located next to the best shopping areas, definitely you will find all that you are looking for nearby.
Through this article we will talk about some of the best shopping centres and streets where you can go shopping and leave with your hands full of bags.
Go shopping in Alicante
We start by talking about Explanada, one of the most touristic and well-known area in town. This is a promenade where several decoration stands, leather items, clothes, soaps and many more products stands are installed. Maisonnave avenue is a very important place if you want to go shopping in Alicante. There, you can find a great variety of all kind of shops, especially fashion stores, although you can also find decoration, jewelry, music and book shops.
Gerona Street also stands out for its shoe stores and its local fashion firms specialized in articles and wedding dresses. Alfonso el Sabio avenue ends at Plaza de los Luceros and it is a street full of restaurants, bars and, of course, shops of all kinds.
We also recommend to go to one of the three shopping centres in the city: Gran Vía, Plaza Mar 2 and Puerta de Alicante. The first two are the greatest and inside of them you can find fashion stores, pet shops, jewelery and toy stores, stationery stores, grocery stores, home decoration shops, beauty shops … and much more!
If you are looking for clothes, all the areas and shopping centers mentioned above are perfect. On the other hand, if you are looking for items for home decoration, the Central Market, the Main Theater and Maisonnave are the perfect areas.
Alicante is a very special city, but it is even more on Christmas. Gently enlightened, the Christmas spirit conquers the city and offers all kind of activities to enjoy the most magical time of the year. Furthermore, if these Christmas days you are housed at Apartments Tito, you will enjoy the Christmas decorations and the atmosphere that filled the historic city center.
What to do in Alicante during Christmas
The great focus of Camí de Nadal 2017 will be the kids. Thus, many of these activities are designed for children to feel all the magic of Christmas.
In La Ereta Park we will find the House of Santa Claus. Apart from receiving one of the main characters of this time of year, it will also house craft workshops, to encourage the creativity of the children. To enjoy the outdoors of the city, a mountain with descents in sledges will also be installed in the Plaza de la Montañeta.
But if there is something that cannot be missing in a Christmas celebration, is the atmosphere created by the Three Wise Men’s day parade. Alicante will receive the Magi on January 5, in an one-hour parade through the most emblematic streets of the city. The parade ends at Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Town Hall Square, where an ice rink will be installed.
The elderly will enjoy the great variety of markets that will complement the streets of the city. The Mercadillo de la Cascaruja and the Porrate will be opened until Christmas Day. From then on, the Craft Market will take its place. Both are the perfect place for us to find gifts, but also to enjoy the traditional Christmas gastronomy of the Mediterranean, such as mantecados, Christmas sweets, and marzipans, but above all, the famous turrones of Jijona.
In addition to street activities, the theaters will be filled with performances suitable for all ages. The Main Theater will host, among others, the Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet and will welcome 2018 with the traditional New Year’s Concert.
1.- Volvo Ocean Race and Alicante
The city of Alicante will receive for the fourth time the most important sailing race in the world. This will be the second time since the appointment as a permanent port of departure. Its excellent facilities, together with the magnificent weather conditions all-year round, make Alicante the ideal place to prepare the competition and say goodbay to the sailors.
2.- A short history
Approaching 40 years of competition, its first edition was in 1973 and it was called Whitbread. This will be the 12th edition and its reputation of being the hardest proof of sailing race in the world is because of the 9 months of competition that the sailors must do over the Earth. It is about a race sailing the seas with the biggest currents, icebergs and the competition of the best race teams.
3.- The route
The greatest distance travelled by all the races, 45.000 nautical miles over all oceans in the world, divided into 11 stages. Departing from the city of Alicante, there will be stops in Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Cardiff, Gotemburg y finally, the Hague, where the winner ship will be crowned.
4.- Teams in competition
There will be seven teams competing to raise the treasured cup. The list consists of:
– Azkonobel, Dutch team, the first in starting line in the competition, skippered by Simeon Tienpont.
– Mapfre, Spanish team, led by Paco Campos, who will try to be the first Spanish team to be champion.
–An interesting cooperation will be Vestas 11th Hour Racing, commanded by the Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill.
–Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag team, from Hong Kong, will try to bring the flavor of the competition to Asia, driven by the Australian David Witt.
–Another different option is Turn the Tide on Plastic team, led by the British Dee Caffari. It is a young team ready to win.
– A second Dutch team is Brunel, whose leader EY. Bouwe Bekking will try to win this race.
–Lastly, the Chinese team DongFeng Racing Team, in its second participation, hand in hand with Charles Caudrelier, French sailor, will try to get again on the top of the podium. This team will prepare its race in the central Apartamentos Tito San Agustín, modern and well endowed of all the comforts, which allow the team to go, in top shape, in search of victory.
5.-Enjoy the city of Alicante
For all those who want to enjoy the race, the city of Alicante provides a wide offer for all: beaches with white sand and clear water, the opportunity of visiting Ciudad de la Luz to explore the film industry and its magnificent harbor. There, you can see the bases of all the teams, discover the recreations of the places where the sailors will go and everything related to the race.
Are you passionate about moving on bike, both in the city as well as through mountains or roads? Would you like to discover new places and do it in an active and unique way? If so, bike touring in Alicante is a great option for you and your family. We are sure that in the area of Alicante you could find that route with which you always dreamed and which you will remember for a long time. Besides, you can stay with all the comforts at Apartamentos Tito.
Alicante it is not a very big city and you can go easily all over on bike. Besides, if you stay in one of our apartments, for instance those located on San Agustin, you will be right in the heart of the city and you could move easily on bike from one part to another. Choose one of the rent a bike companies you can find in Alicante, or bring yours from home and prepare yourself to enjoy.
2. The best bicycle routes
If the capital of this area is fantastic to discover on bike, the province enjoys all sorts of attractions for that purpose. You can ride the bike on the road and find very picturesque villages, such as Altea or Xàbia, or you can get into the mountains, such as Bernia or Sierra de Aitana.
3. Aigües to Alicante road route
A great choice for those who really enjoy road routes, paths and villages, is the road which comes out from the place of Aigües and finishes in Alicante. This road has less than 30 kilometers. Through it you will enjoy magnificent views of Alicante coast, you will discover charming villages, such as Busot or Mutxamel. It is not about a difficult route.
4. From Arenales del Sol to Santa Pola
If you want to have the best views to the Mediterranean, as well as to the coast of Alicante, we highly recommend this route from Arenales del Sol to Santa Pola. It is a short route, but is well worth visiting.
Bike touring is a resource increasingly used in Alicante. The diversity of landscapes in this area, its good weather and its excellent roads makes it an essential place for all kind of trips on bike. Let’s practice some of the most beautiful routes on bike through Alicante.
Enjoy a paella , after resting in Apartmentos Tito and sunbathing on the beach, is one of the best experiences you can have during your stay in Alicante.
The gastronomy of Alicante follows the trend of the Valencian Community. Rice, fish and vegetables are some of its protagonists, although we can not fail to try some of their most genuine dishes.
1. The dishes of Alicante
You can not resist to try “Arroz abanda “ or “ Arroz con costra” when you visit Alicante. The paellas of the orchard of the Marina Alta region are also a temptation difficult to overcome for rice lovers.
If you prefer vegetables you will not be able to resist the green beans and turnips of the Marina Baja, or the typical “Borreta”, a boil of spinach or chard.
Visiting one of the traditional restaurants of Alicante is a unique opportunity to try all these dishes and let us surprise with their flavors and nuances.
2. The salted
Another of the genuine gastronomic proposals of the Alicante lands are the salted products of various marine products, such as tuna, roe or herring .
In addition to having a unique flavor, these salted are the basis of various dishes, such as “Cocas”.
3. Signature cuisine.
Do you like to discover the cuisine of the best chefs? In the province of Alicante you will have the opportunity to discover the cuisine of some of the best chefs in the country, whose work has been recognized with several Michelin stars.
The restaurant of Quique Dacosta in Denia has 3 Michelin stars, while Bon Amb in Jávea and L’escaleta in Cocentaina have seen their work recognized with 2. For its part, La Finca, Casa Pepa in Ondara and El Monastrell have 1…
The best creative cuisine at your fingertips to enjoy your Alicante vacation!
4. Wine tourism in Alicante
If you like wine, you will not be able to resist making wine tourism during your holidays in Alicante.
One of the most important routes in the area is the Vinalopó Medio, from Monóvar to Pinoso. The numerous vineyards of the area will allow us to enjoy spectacular flavors and aromas.
In turn, one of the must-see destinations for wine lovers is Villena, an area full of large wineries and farms, which create mainly red wines.
When are you going to start enjoying the gastronomy of Alicante?
What is Golf?
Golf is a sophisticated sport originated in Scotland in the XV century, which was part of the Olympic Games twice more than one hundred years ago and has been re-integrated into the Olympic program this past year at the Rio 2016 Games.
It consists of introducing a ball into the holes scattered throughout the field with as few strokes as possible. Because its practice is done outdoors and although it is possible to practice at any time of the year, it is very important to take into account the place where we are going to unleash the golfer inside.
Golf in Costa Blanca and Tito’s Apartaments
Alicante can be, without a doubt, an excellent choice when it comes to choosing Golf Course. Its enviable climate and numerous facilities have made this area a paradise for lovers of this sport.
Let’s list some of the golf courses available on the Costa Blanca:
1. Alenda Golf
The field of Alenda Golf is located in Monforte del Cid (Alicante), is a field that occupies 49 hectares and practice zone. The fun is assured in the many tournaments held there throughout the year.
2. Alicante Golf
This field is located on the beach of San Juan, 15 minutes from the center of Alicante. It is the lung of the residential area and who also care for the environment is totally priority.
3. Bonalba Golf Resort
Wonderful golf course located in Alicantewith views to the beach and the mountain of the Sierra de Bonalba. Its greens are complicated, assuming a challenge for the lovers of this sport. Enjoy the varied events and tournaments that are held there while practicing your favorite sport in an unbeatable environment.
4. La Finca Golf
It is one of the best courses in Spain, endowed with wide streets with exceptional greens. Its extension and its design will make your visit a unique and rewarding experience. As in most fields, tournaments and events are held throughout the year, ensuring fun.
5. Vistabella Golf
It is located near Torrevieja, south of Alicante. The integration of nature and its Mediterranean vegetation make this field a dream place, creating a unique and indigenous landscape.
As you have seen, the Costa Blanca is the Eden for those who love golf, you can easily access from the center of Alicante. Get settled in Apartamentos Tito, take advantage of the best prices, the best service, a location right in the center of the city and let us take care of arranging transport to the golf courses.
Almost 3,000 years of history treasure the blue waters and white sands of Alicante, the city adhering to the sun, the land of rice masters, the paradise of water sports and a cultural offer that never sleeps. Dreamy corners guarantee fun in any cycle of the year, postulating the winter as an excellent season to soak up the magic of the landscapes and contrasts of the Costa Blanca. Enjoy a holiday in Alicante in the winterperiod is an advantage for the spirit and wallet. Just follow this recommendations guide to squeeze your getaway to the maximum.
The sun shines more than 300 days a year for a microclimate that converts Alicante in the place of residence ideal for athletes in winter, thanks to a temperature that is around 16 degrees and not usually lower than 12. The rain is not lavish, so you will not remove the raincoat from the suitcase; Sometimes it will be enough with a half-time outfit.
2. Emblematic places
The Valleys Moriscos, half an hour from the coast of Alicante, are a treasure , palm trees and orchards that you can combine with another visit to the Caves of Canelobre(Busot), a surprise in the form of stalactites and stalagmites (guided tours, 3.50 and 7 euros). Another sight for the view is the Island of Tabarca, with 60 inhabitants and 22 kilometers from Alicante (it is reached by boat from the Marina, 19 euros free for children).
Walking along the sea heals the soul, so do not forget to watch the waves of Levante (Benidorm) beach, Carrer la Mar (El Campello), La Caleta (Villajoyosa), San Juan (TRAM leaves every half hour ) And Postiguet, with the option of playing volleyball under the eyes of the Castle of Santa Barbara (free admission). If you prefer different emotions to the tranquility that walks along, join the hiking trails or the attractions of Terra Mitica or the Aitana Safari if you are traveling with your family.
Don’t close your stay without booking at Apartamentos Tito and without sampling the mistela, horchata, fresh fish and culinary religion Alicante, rice (in some establishments you can choose between 20 varieties). In one of the “best places to eat in the world”, as Ferrán Adriá declared, the tapas collect applause (especially in the colorful neighborhood of Santa Cruz, the city’s most lauded)
As well as the artisan ice-cream and the wines of the land (wine tourism wins fans).
Beaches, food, museums or mountains are some of the thousand reasons to visit Alicante. Also in winter, where the sun does not hide and participate in fun, as a couple or family, with magnificent plans that make it the best destination on the Costa Blanc