The 10 Best Things to do Good for Big Groups in Alicante, Valencian Country

May 17, 2022 Harland Bartelt

Alicante (/ˌælɪˈkænti, -teɪ/; Spanish: [aliˈkante]), or Alacant (Valencian: [alaˈkant]), both the Spanish and Valencian being official names, is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca, 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 330,525, estimated as of 2016, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents. The population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 757,085 as of 2014 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.
Restaurants in Alicante

1. Sanatorium

Calle Cisne 37 Corner Of Calle Hercules, 03006 Alicante Spain +34 625 99 36 88 [email protected] http://www.sanatoriumescapealicante.com
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5.0 based on 842 reviews

Sanatorium

Escape Room. 75 minutes From 4 to 10 players. You were late, patient 405 died. The doctors' experiments put an end to his life. We have a record of what The Origin of Sanatorium was and now you have one last chance to save the patient's destiny 405. What if you could change the story?

2. Playa de San Juan

Av. de Niza, 03540 Alicante Spain
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4.5 based on 730 reviews

Playa de San Juan

A long stretch of beach that is lined with resorts, restaurants and shops.

Reviewed By johann170 - Taby, Sweden

A fantastic place for the teenager family. Long Beach, lots of activities and restaurants, just amazing ☀️???? Go towards Alicante for more people and “action” walk towards El Campello and it is a bit calmer. 5/5

3. MARQ Museo Arqueologico de Alicante

Placa Doctor Gomez Ulla, 03013 Alicante Spain +34 965 14 90 00 [email protected] http://www.marqalicante.com/
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4.5 based on 1,003 reviews

MARQ Museo Arqueologico de Alicante

MARQ is an archaeology museum which is dedicated to displaying its collection in a traditional way; as a collection of classified and catalogued finds. MARQ is a project faced with the challenge of being the first archaeological museum of the 21st century.

Reviewed By Photofanatic7 - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Known as the MARQ this very modern museum displays many archeological artefacts in different, themed areas. From prehistory to contemporary there are many audio-visual and interactive displays with plenty of space to move round so that everyone can see everything. The lighting is (deliberately) dim which lends something to the atmosphere. Hang on to your little ones if you take them because I think they could easily get lost in this museum. There is an entry fee but it was only €1.50 each. Be aware that, like most museums in Spain, it's closed on Mondays.

4. Guadalest Valley

Off CV 70 Marina Baixa, 03517 Alicante Spain +34 965 88 50 95 http://www.guadalest.es
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4.5 based on 2,503 reviews

Guadalest Valley

Reviewed By M4860QLkimp - Algorfa, Spain

Took a day trip to Guadalest Valley with friends enjoyed the views, the lovely walks and lunch in the restaurant . Visited the museums and craft shops . To visit the castle you walk through the church there is a small charge of 4 e . Well worth a visit with friends and family .

5. Castillo de Santa Barbara

03002 Alicante Spain http://www.alicante.es/es/patrimonio-cultural/castillo-santa-barbara
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4.5 based on 8,504 reviews

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Perched on a hillside, this historic 16th-century castle and fortress overlooks the town of Alicante.

Reviewed By CorkTony - Cork, Ireland

Excellent few hours the walk up past all the old alley and old house was like a walk back in time The when you get to the castle it’s amazing the 360 views of Alicante are breathtaking definitely worth the hike up There is a lift for those that don’t fancy the walk up

6. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA)

Placa Santa Maria 3 Plaza de Santa María, 3, 03002 Alicante Spain +34 965 21 31 56 [email protected] http://www.maca-alicante.es
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4.5 based on 510 reviews

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante (MACA)

Set in the ancient heart of the city, opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa María, this imposing new building takes up an entire city block and encompasses the oldest civil construction in the city: the venerable Casa de La Asegurada, an outstanding example of Valencian baroque architecture built as a public wheat granary in 1685. Known as the MACA, the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art is owned by the City Council and is one of Alicante's leading cultural venues. The construction and refurbishment project was designed by the architectural firm Sancho-Madridejos and funded by the Valencian Regional Government. It boasts a total floor space of 4680 m2 spread across four storeys and two basement levels, and features one temporary exhibition hall, four exhibition halls for the permanent collections, a library, teaching venues, an events hall, storerooms, workshops, plus quarters for security, administration and the like. The Museum's diaphanous spaces showcase its rich and varied collections of contemporary art according to highly rigorous museum programming in which conservation and education are given top priority.

Reviewed By AriHelsinki - Helsinki, Finland

This is a must in Alicante. Located partly in Alicante's oldest building. Free entrance. The highlight of the museum is the great collection of Eusebio Sempere's works. Magnificent artworks.

7. Alicante Tram

Alicante Spain +34 900 720 472 http://www.tramalicante.es/page.php
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4.5 based on 3,855 reviews

Alicante Tram

Reviewed By andrewwS4337DE - Southampton, United Kingdom

With the Marq castillo tram stop being right next to our hotel this was a great way to get into the heart of the resort. Luceros being only 2 stops away leaving you with a idyllic walk down the Avenida de Federico soto to the marina .We also used the tram for a return trip to Benidorm only 8 euros return and this service runs every half hour .This is a great way to see the coastline and only takes 1 hour 10 minutes .The trams can get quite busy and you may find yourself standing up for some of the jouney as the service is popular with locals .

8. Mercat Central d'Alacant

Avda Alfonso El Sabio 8, 03004 Alicante Spain +34 965 14 08 41 http://www.alicanteturismo.com/ca/mercat-central/
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4.5 based on 535 reviews

Mercat Central d'Alacant

Reviewed By OfftheirP - Manchester, United Kingdom

The first thing you notice about this market this hope beautiful the building it is in. It is steeped in history and well worth a visit in the centre of town. It is a local markets so, the therefore , it closes in the afternoon for the siesta period. In there, you will find high-quality products and at reasonable prices as well.

9. Museo The Ocean Race

Calle Muelle 10 Puerto de Alicante, 03138 Alicante Spain +34 965 13 80 80 [email protected] http://www.museotheoceanrace.com/
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Museo The Ocean Race

The Ocean Race Museum is a modern installation where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of the world's longest and toughest professional sporting event and learn about the heroes who battle the oceans in this race around the world. Take a trip through the history of the regatta and the marine world in this state-of-the-art interactive space. The only museum in the world dedicated to a race considered the Everest of Sailing.

Reviewed By Bev082 - London, United Kingdom

And yet another awesome free museum to visit in Alicante ….. The Ocean Race Museum, a modern exhibition space that opened in 2012 with the aim of sharing the rich heritage of the history of the Ocean Race (one wants to say Great!!). The exhibits within educate the visitor all about ocean currents, the wildlife the crews get to see on route, the equipment on board and the construction of these magnificent boats. You get to learn all about the technological innovation and human effort that the challenging race demands. You can enjoy first hand through the high-tech 3D simulators and interactive touch-screen panels what life is like on board, plus about marine life and ecosystems and of course of the competitors of the maritime race. Its technology lets visitors learn both about the race and the environment in which it takes place. Its an opportunity to get a close-up view of the world's longest and toughest professional sporting event and learn about the heroes who battle the oceans in this race around the world. It also presents the history of the regatta, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to the most demanding nautical challenge of our times, a race considered the Everest of Sailing. The museum aims to attract landlubbers and sailing enthusiasts alike, with its presentations about life at sea, sailing and sports. Rather than being a simple repository for artifacts (although there are a number of small items on display), the museum is an interactive institution. Housed in the museum are state-of-the art interactive installations allowing visitors to experience the wonders of the thrilling ocean race and get a glimpse of the challenges that the competitors have to face. The Ocean race is a yacht race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. Originally named the Whitbread Round the World Race after its initiating sponsor, the British brewing company Whitbread. However in 2001 it’s name changed to become the Volvo Ocean Race after the Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo took over the sponsorship, in 2019 the name changed again, it is now known as The Ocean Race. Since 2008, Alicante has been the start Port of the race, races being held in 2011, 2014, 2017 and the next race in 2022. Although the route changes each race to accommodate various ports of call, the race typically departs from Europe in October, and in recent editions has had either 9 or 10 legs, with in-port races at many of the stopover cities. The most recent race, the 2017-2018 race started in Alicante and concluded in The Hague in the Netherlands, with stopovers in Lisbon-Portugal, Cape Town - South Africa, Melbourne -Australia, Guangzhou -China, Hong Kong, Auckland -NZ, Itajai -Brazil, Newport and Cardiff in Wales and Gothenburg -Sweden. The race takes nine months to complete with sailors battling to be the fastest around the world, facing high seas, fierce winds and the most challenging conditions. Each of the entries has a sailing crew who race day and night for more than 20 days at a time on some of the legs. To minimize the boat's weight, crews rely on freeze-dried fare for sustenance, throughout the race they are exposed and subjected to temperature variations from −5 to +40C (-23 to 104F) and will often only take one change of clothes! Since the 2008–2009 race there has also been a dedicated media crew member called the On Board Reporter (OBR), who does not contribute to the sailing of the boat, but is responsible for sending images and videos to race headquarters via satellite from the middle of the ocean. In the 2017–2018 race the number of crew ranged between 7 to10 (plus the OBR) depending on the gender ratio, with the rules providing an incentive to having women sailors on board. The Hall of Fame is pretty impressive with video screens in the museum showing footage and interviews with the heroes of ocean sailing such as Sir Peter Blake NZ, Torben Grael Brazil and Tracy Edwards UK. The museum is build on the site of the former naval station, it has two floors, the main exhibition hall, including a simulator where visitors can experience some of the sensations of ocean racing, plus a library, fill the ground floor. Upstairs is a large multipurpose space for educational workshops, temporary exhibitions and maritime conferences, along with a cafeteria with a large terrace overlooking the harbor (currently closed due to Covid restrictions). As mentioned entrance to the museum is free, taking Covid precautions once inside its mandatory to wear a mask (which it is in general everywhere here), at the entry your hands are sprayed with a sanitizer spray then you are issued a pair of rubber gloves to wear so that you can touch the buttons, panels etc and enjoy the interactive exhibits which are quite serious and not just for kids! I had so much fun playing with the various exhits learning how the boats work and perform even to getting to steer one, however i’m not quite ready yet to compete in the next 2022 race!! Located outside in front of the museum is a hull of a competition boat, the Brasil 1, that participated in the 2005-06 ocean race coming in third. The first Brazilian boat to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race. Brasil 1 is made up of parts and materials from ten different countries, NZ, Australia, US, Italy, Finland, Sweden, France, UK and Denmark, in addition to Brazil of course, where the boat was built. Prior to Covid it was possible to board the boat to see and experience the cramped living conditions of the crew …. but for now folks you’ll just have to enjoy its colourful exterior!

10. Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya

Genaro Codina 722, 03001 Alicante Spain http://www.alicanteturismo.com/
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4.5 based on 3,783 reviews

Passeig Esplanada d'Espanya

Reviewed By LindsayB366 - Larne, United Kingdom

A wealth of restaurants, bars and market stalls Perfect location for watching the world go by Be warned walking along the esplanade might make you think you have been drinking or taking the wrong medication Lovely atmosphere

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