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Introducing Alicante

Thanks to the nearby airport and proximity to a large number of major beach-resort towns, Alicante (Valenciano: Alacant) has been tarred with something of a tacky package-tour reputation. In reality, though, this is a dynamic, attractive provincial city that lives for much more than just tourism. Around Catedral de San Nicolás are the narrow streets of El Barrio, the historic quarter. Try to fit in at least one overnight stay to experience its frenetic – and unmistakably Spanish – nightlife.