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Alicante tours

Bus tours

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.
Website: http://www.alicanteturismo.com

Walking tours

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.
Website: http://www.guiasaguitur.com

Alicante excursions

Altea

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.
Website: http://www.altea.es

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.
Website: http://www.alicanteturismo.com

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NH Alicante

Modern design and comfort are combined in the NH Alicante, located just 10 minutes from the centre of Alicante. There is a smart, elegant air to the 100 spacious guest rooms, as well as a free spa, gym, cocktail bar, roof terrace and restaurant.

Hostal Les Monges Palace

This charmingly renovated budget hotel features brickwork, balconies, pillars and quirky interior touches in its 18 rooms, some furnished with antiques and wonderful paintings. Expect plenty of historical glamour despite the price – the building is more than a century old.

Hostal La Milagrosa

Set on a side street in the old town, this family-run hotel offers small, simply decorated rooms (some with shared bathrooms), plus complimentary breakfast served on a roof terrace with views of the town. There's also a shared kitchen and self-service laundry facilities.

Eurostars Lucentum

Named after the ancient name for Alicante when the Iberians and Romans lived there, 'Lucentum', this hotel is a good choice in terms of location. It's close to the central market, port and old quarter, and close to a new tram spot, great for sight-seers. The hotel has 169 rooms and free Wi-Fi connection.

Hotel Rambla

The location of this small budget hotel is unbeatable - a few minutes walk to the Esplanade and the Marina, and only a few minutes more to the beach. Although rooms are on the small side, they're air-conditioned and have minibars and high-speed Wi-Fi. Breakfast can be taken in a nearby restaurant.

Sercotel Spa Porta Maris Hotel

This hotel boasts 114 modern, spacious rooms with balconies overlooking Postiguet beach and the marina. There is free Wi-Fi plus an urban spa featuring a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. The rooms are quite functional-looking but you can't beat the location.