Alicante tours and excursions
The Turibús is run by Alicante's tourist office and offers audio guides in three languages, and tours the city hourly. A ticket is valid all day so you can hop on and off as many times as you like. There are stops at all the popular tourist sites: Plaza del Mar, Archaeological Museum, Santa Barbara Castle, Central Market, Luceros, Renfe Station, Maisonnave (the shopping area), the Theatre and the Rambla.Tel: +34 96 514 9219.
Aguitur, the Tourist Guide Association, employs official guides offering a wide variety of Alicante tours in more than five languages, including walking tours around the main city attractions, galleries and museums, as well as panoramic bus tours, boat tours and customised tours.Tel: +34 634 580 675.
Located less than an hour's drive north in the direction of Valencia, Altea is set on a small hill overlooking a stretch of coastline. The restricted tourist development is centred on the seafront and the town has retained its character and charm. The old village on the hill is a picturesque one, with its blue-domed church and white houses, all decorated with beautiful flowers. There's also a pretty promenade if you fancy walking to the neighbouring town of Albir. There's a train that leaves almost every hour from Alicante to Altea.Tel: +34 96 584 1300.
Isla de Tabarca (Island of Tabarca)
The Island of Tabarca is in fact a natural monument, and is the only inhabited island in the Valencian Country. It is 20km (11 miles) from Alicante. The waters around the island are now listed as a marine reserve. The island has an important set of fortifications, an 18th-century church and the Castle of San José. Tabarca was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument in 1964. Boats departing several times a day from Muelle de Costa 2. The journey to the island takes about 30 minutes.Tel: +34 96 514 9219.