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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 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 Bar in Alicante

El Coscorrón

Mind your head – actually, it's more like bend double – as you enter this intriguing cellar bar, presciently named 'bump on the head'. Once inside enjoy the cosy atmosphere with mellow soundtrack, friendly regulars …
Top Choice Tapas in Alicante

Cervecería Sento

Top-notch montaditos (little rolls) and inventive grilled tapas (try the turrón and pork 'Chupachups') are the reason to squeeze into this brilliant little bar. Watching the cheeky, nonstop staff in action is quite …
Top Choice Museum in Alicante

Museo Arqueológico de Alicante

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. There are also high-quality tempor…
Bistro in Alicante

OneOne

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, with the wal…
Valencian in Alicante

Piripi

This quality restaurant is strong on rice, seafood and fish, which arrives fresh daily from the wholesale markets of Dénia and Santa Pola. There’s a huge variety of tapas and a valenciano speciality that changes dai…
Bar in Alicante

Söda Bar

For quality drinks and well-curated sounds in a welcoming, relaxed but stylish atmosphere, head out of the mayhem of the Barrio to this place, with a friendly local crowd and hipster tendencies. Regular events inclu…
Castle in Alicante

Castillo de Santa Bárbara

There are sweeping views over the city from the ramparts of this large 16th-century castle, which houses a museum recounting the history of the city and contains a couple of chambers with temporary exhibitions. It’s…