The city of Alicante is a historic Mediterranean port and the capital of the province of Alicante in Spain. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and the majority of it's economy is based on tourism, wine production and services and administration. It was originally founded by the Greeks, only to be captured by the romans roughly a hundred years later. Eventually the city came under Moorish rule between 718 and 1249 until it was retaken by Alfonso X of Castile whereupon it was incorporated into the kingdom of Castile and later into the kingdom of Valencia.
Today this cheerful Spanish city is a hive of activity as people get on with their business day after day. Alicante exports wine, olive oil and fruit and is lightly involved in the food-processing, leather, textiles and pottery industries. One thing that Alicante is renowned for is their "turrones" which is a honey and almond nougat - a delight you simply must try if you visit Alicante. Many access the Balearic Islands via ferry from Alicante and the Alicante airport caters to a lot of traffic but the city should not been seen as merely a pass-through sort of place - it would serve better as a home base. One of it's most notable features is the Castillo de Santa Barbara which looks down at the citizens of Alicante from its lofty position on a cliff. Another popular attraction is that of the Bonfires of Saint John festival which takes place during the summer solstice each year. Moros y Cristianos is another enjoyable festival. With a bit of organisation a short trip out of town will have you enjoying attractions such as the Cuevas del Canelobre prehistoric caves or the Alicante Safari Parks. For a day with a difference the Desafio Medieval at the Castle of the Count of Alfaz is a must. Here you will be able to enjoy jousting and sword play acting in true medieval fashion. There are also a large number of Casinos to be enjoyed in Alicante.
Besides all these, there are a large number of other attractions in and around Alicante which should not be missed. When you consider the beauty and diversity of all of them, it is easy to understand why tourism forms a large part of the country's economy. Why not see if you can organize a cheap flight to Alicante and book your stay at one of the many fine Alicante hotels? You may also want to organize with a Alicante car hire organization to enable travel around this fine province at your leisure. It is definitely worth the effort!