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moonwatcher Alicante - A travel report by JUAN
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ALICANTE, MY CITY

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Located at southeast of SPAIN, in the Mediterranean coast, it is today a touristic center with a population about 300.000 inhabitants, weather is warm almost the year and days are shining. The city has a very important dock where arriving great cruisers, a marina bay for sailing boats, a fishing dock, yatch club and an increasing merchant ships traffic. The city sorrounds mount BENACANTIL where on top is placed castle SANTA BARBARA that was an arab fortress. Destroyed and reconstructed late. On summit the view is wonderful, it's contemplating the city and the harbour. The city had differents names in the ancient age, CARTAGINENSES called AKRA LEUKA, later ROMANS changed it for LUCENTUM, and finally ARABS named ALI-CAN, its actual name. The PROMENADE Explanada de España is always crowded , people walking over its mosaic sourface. There are a lot of places by fun and sparing time, goods restaurants, hotels, quiet water beaches


Favourite spots:
WOMEN IN COSTUME
WOMEN IN COSTUME
Placed on hillside of mount BENACANTIL, "SANTA CRUZ" is a tipical quarter with small houses painted in white , flowerpots in the walls and lanes that go up to reach the sky.
By night the atmosphere is wonderful, there are small restaurants and pubs, people enjoy in music and fun that won´t finish until dawn.

What's really great:
HOGUERA
HOGUERA
ITS WEATHER, HOSPITALITY, HAPPYNESS, ITS ATMOSPHERE OF FUN, GASTRONOMY, LIFE IS NICE HERE.
In summer there are people from everywhere, overcoat European countryes who come here to spend their holidays enjoying beach, gastronomy, night life and culture.
Every june all years the city is in FAIR. it begins the day 20th and ends 29th. People make monuments called "HOGUERAS" whit cardboard and wood criticizying the international and local events, and they are burnt in the midnight of day 24th "SAN JUAN NIGHT". among fireworks and traditional music. The noise of gunpowder and music wrap up the atmosphere everywhere you are.

Sights:
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VIEW of the city from Castle SANTA BARBARA, on top of Mount BENACANTIL, notice the blue sky and Mediterranean sea.

Accommodations:
There are a lot of Hotels, from luxuryes till cheapers. HOTEL MELIA, HOTEL COVADONGA, HOTEL NH, HOTEL TRIP GRAN SOL, ABBA, SIDI SAN JUAN, HESPERIA GOLF

Nightlife:
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YATCH CLUB, GOLF CLUB IN HESPERIA HOTEL, EL PLANTIO.

Hangouts:
Every one in THE BARRIO, and MARINA BAY

Restaurants:
NOU MANOLIN, PIRIPI, DARSENA, LA GOLETA

Other recommendations:
Its villages in the province, POLOP, LA NUCIA, FINESTRAT, BENIDORM, VILLAJOYOSA, ALCOY, ALFAZ DEL PI, ALTEA, CALPE, etc.

Published on Friday May 16th, 2003


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Sat, Nov 05 2005 - 09:49 PM rating by isaacmolina

Muy buen report, Juan!!!

Sat, Oct 04 2003 - 10:18 AM rating by marianne

This is a nice description. Allicante is a bit notorious for Dutch people because many youngsters go there and drink too much. That's why I never went, may be this is prejudice

Fri, May 16 2003 - 01:47 PM rating by andreas

Hello Juan,

your report makes me want to know more on your home town. How do I get to Marina Bay, and why is it one of your favourite places? The pubs... what do they serve there and what makes the city so special for you?

regards, Andy

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