Alicante on the Costa Blanca

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Harbour with Castle of Santa Bárbara © flickr.com – Juan J. Martínez

Alicante is a city in Spain, the capital of the Province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 334,418, estimated as of 2010, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, Alicante conurbation was populated by 458,843 residents. Population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 769,284 as of 2010 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Alicante is one of the fastest-growing cities in Spain. The local economy is based upon tourism directed to the beaches of the Costa Blanca and particularly the second residence construction boom which started in the 1960s and reinvigorated again by the late 1990s. Services and public administration also play a major role in the city’s economy. The construction boom has raised many environmental concerns and both the local autonomous government and city council are under scrutiny by the European Union. The construction surge is the subject of hot debates among politicians and citizens alike. The latest of many public battles concerns the plans of the Port Authority of Alicante to construct an industrial estate on reclaimed land in front of the city’s coastal strip, in breach of local, national and European regulations.

Canelejas Monument © Joanbanjo University of Alicante © Luca83 Luceros Square © Zarkos Esplanada and Carbonell House © Zarkos City Hall © Hulius OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Alicante Panorama © Carlos Quesada Harbour with Castle of Santa Bárbara © flickr.com - Juan J. Martínez" title="Harbour with Castle of Santa Bárbara © flickr.com - Juan J. Martínez
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Amongst the most notable features of the city are the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which sits high above the city, and the port of Alicante. The latter was the subject of bitter controversy in 2006-2007 as residents battled to keep it from being changed into an industrial estate. The Santa Bárbara castle is situated on Mount Benacantil, overlooking the city. The tower (La Toreta) at the top, is the oldest part of the castle, while part of the lowest zone and the walls were constructed later, on the 18th century. The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form and is one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. For the people of Alicante, it is the meeting point in the evenings and a place where many concerts take place. At the end of the promenade is a monument by the artist Mark Hersch, who still lives in the city. Barrio de la Santa Cruz is a colourful quarter of the old city, situated on the south-west of Santa Bárbara castle. Its small houses climb up the hill leading to the walls and the castle, through narrow streets decorated with flags and tubs of flowers. L’Ereta Park is situated on the foothills of Mount Benacantil, on the way to the castle. It runs from the Santa Bárbara castle down to the old part of Alicante and consists of several levels, routes, decks and places to take a rest, which offer a panoramic view overlooking the city. El Palmeral Park is one of favorite parks of Alicante. It includes walking trails, children’s playgrounds, ponds and brooks, picnic tables and an auditorium for concerts. Just a few kilometers from Alicante, on the Mediterranean Sea, lies Tabarca island. What was once a slip angle for pirates, is now a beautiful tourist attraction.

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