alicante

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Different civilizations have passed through these lands, leaving their mark which can be seen in all corners of this emblematic city. All of this adds to the appeal of this modern city with a primary focus on tourism, but also a special interest in industry and commerce. Alicante, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, offers not only a great variety of services but also a wide range of cultural activities, with its museums, its festivals and its nature areas, in particular the Island of Tabarca (Mediterranean Marine Reserve).

City Information

Essential Information about the city

Alicante-Elche International Airport

Alicante’s international airport is situated 11 kilometres south of the city and is called “Alicante-Elche”. It is one of the most important airports in the country, with direct flights to 11 destinations in Spain, around 124 airports in Europe and the north of Africa, flying to a total of more than 20 different countries.The cheapest way to get into the centre is by urban bus C-6. A single ticket costs €3,85. The bus departs every 20 minutes and it takes around 30 minutes depending on the traffic. A taxi costs around €18 with a journey time around 10 to 15 minutes.

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Passport / Visa

Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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Public Transport

HOW TO GET TO ALICANTEThe city of Alicante can be accessed by land, sea and air. Motorways, dual carriageways and roads connect it to the main cities of Spain and Europe.The city has a new bus terminal located beside the marina.The International Airport of Alicante-Elche, situated 10 minutes from the city centre, is one of the main means of accessing the city for visitors arriving into Alicante, from both Spain and abroad.The train is another comfortable form of travelling to the capital of the Costa Blanca. The station is situated in the very heart of the city. There is also a high-speed connection (AVE), linking Madrid and Alicante in 2 hours.PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN AND FROM ALICANTEVisiting the city on foot is comfortable and practical, since the distances are short and it is easy to walk from one end of the city to the other. Nevertheless, Alicante has a public transport network connecting the most important points in the city and the province by bus.As well as within the city, you can also use the tram to get to the city´s metropolitan area and the main towns of interest along the north coast of the Costa Blanca: Campello, Benidorm, Altea and Denia amongst others.The city also has a tourist bus service (TURIBUS) that follows a route with stops at the places of interest. Passengers can get on and off the bus as many times as they wish over the course of a day. There is a multilingual audio system equipped with digital sound in 6 languages and it also has an access platform for people with reduced mobility. Coach Station: +34 965 130 700 / www.estacionalicante.esRailway Station: +34 912 320 320 / www.renfe.es Tram: +34 900 720 472 / www.fgv.es

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Airport Transfers

The best way to get to and from Alicante Airport is with hoppa. They provide a range of vehicles and are pre-bookable so you don’t need to worry about currency exchange, being over-charged or space for your luggage. Prices start from just £12.99.

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Taxi

Easy to get hold of if you want to stop one on the street. Fare meters are used. In order to book a taxi, including taxis adapted for the handicapped, there are several local companies:Radio Tele Taxi +34 965 101 611 Área Taxi +34 965 910 591Euro Taxi +34 965 240 707

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Postal Services

The central post office is open all day Monday to Friday from 08.30 am to 08.30 pm, and on Saturday from 09.30 am to 1 pm. Closed on Sunday.

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Pharmacy

All pharmacies have a list of daily duty chemists. This information is also published in all daily papers in the region.

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Telephone

Country code + 34Area code: 965/966You have to dial the area code even when you are in Alicante.

Electricity

220-240 volts