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Top Choice Museum in Alicante

Museo Arqueológico Provincial

This museum has a strong collection of ceramics and Iberian art. Exhibits are displayed to give the visitor a very visual, high-tech experience, and it's all beautifully presented. The only drawback is the lack of i…
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.
Top Choice Tapas in Alicante

Cervecería Sento

Superb, quality montaditos (little rolls) and grilled things are the reason to squeeze into this brilliant little bar. Watching the nonstop staff in action is quite an experience too: they make it a great experience…
Valencian in Alicante

Cantina Villahelmy

One wall’s rough stone, another bright orange and blood red, and it’s luridly painted with skeletons, creepy-crawlies and a frieze of classical figures. Intimate, funky and popular, this atmospheric cellar-like spac…
Valencian in Alicante


This highly regarded restaurant is strong on rice, seafood and fish, which arrives fresh daily from the wholesale markets of Denia and Santa Pola. There’s a huge variety of tapas and a valenciano speciality that cha…
Castle in Alicante

Castillo de Santa Bárbara

There are sweeping views over the city from this large 16th-century castle, which houses a museum recounting the history of the city and containing a couple of chambers with temporary exhibitions. It’s a sweaty walk…
Archaeological Site in Alicante


The Roman town of Lucentum, a forerunner of Alicante, is where excavations have revealed a rich wealth of pottery. You can make out its clearly defined streets and town plan, as well as bathhouses, the forum, a larg…
Museum in Alicante

Museu de Fogueres

In addition to a wealth of photographs, costumes and ninots (small effigies saved from the flames), this museum has a great audiovisual presentation of what the Fiesta de Sant Joan, all fire and partying, means to a…
Church in Alicante

Basílica de Santa María

Flanked by twin towers, the flamboyant, 18th-century baroque facade and ornate, gilded altarpiece both contrast with the nave’s Gothic simplicity in this old-town church.
Bistro in Alicante


It’s easier if you speak a little Spanish at this wonderfully eccentric place with its faithful following of regulars, but your ebullient host will make sure you get the best anyway. It’s a true bistro, the walls sc…