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Top Choice Spanish in Alicante

El Portal

Excellent in every way, this plush corner spot sports deliberately OTT decor that changes biannually but is always interesting. Grab a table or squeeze up at the bar to enjoy some of this part of Spain's finest prod…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Dénia

Quique Dacosta

In sleek, white, minimalist premises near the beach 3km west of Dénia, this coolly handsome place is one of the peninsula's temples to modern gastronomy. The eponymous chef employs molecular and other contemporary t…
Top Choice Theatre in Elche

Misteri d'Elx

A lyric drama dating from the Middle Ages, this is performed annually in the Basílica de Santa María. The mystery’s two acts, La Vespra (the eve of the Virgin Mary's death) and La Festa (the celebration of her Assum…
Top Choice Fiesta in Alcoy

Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy

Of all the many Moors and Christians festivals that celebrate the Reconquista (the region’s liberation from Muslim rule), Alcoy's is the biggest and best known. Hundreds of locals dress up in elaborate traditional c…
Top Choice Cathedral in Orihuela

Catedral de San Salvador

Low slung but achieving an understated majesty nonetheless, this cathedral is built of light-coloured stone in the centre of the old town and features three finely carved portals. Unusually, the altar is enclosed at…
Top Choice Museum in Villena

Museo Arqueológico

Plaza de Santiago is at the heart of Villena's old quarter, and within the imposing 16th-century Palacio Municipal, seat of the town council, is this archaeological museum. There are some magnificent pieces in the n…
Top Choice Gallery in Alicante

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante

This splendid museum, inside the 17th-century Casa de la Asegurada, has an excellent collection of 20th-century Spanish art, including works by Dalí, Miró, Chillida, Sempere, Tàpies and Picasso. The pieces on displa…
Top Choice Fiesta in Alicante

Hogueras de San Juan

Alicante’s major festival is on the night of 24 June, when midsummer bonfires are lit. In a celebration reminiscent of Valencia's Las Fallas, satirical effigies (ninots) go up in smoke all over town. This act, known…
Top Choice Spanish in Elche

El Granaino

Across the river from the centre, El Granaino, with its bar lined with people scarfing down a quick, quality lunch, is worth the 10-minute walk. Top seafood, delicious stews and a fine range of tapas showcase a clas…
Top Choice Tapas in Orihuela

Bodega La Venganza

It's impossible not to love this tiny, sassy tapas joint, which expands out to tree-shaded tables on a pretty plaza behind the Iglesia de las Santas Justa y Rufina. It makes a point of procuring excellent seafood – …