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Flying to Alicante

Airlines operating direct flights to Alicante from the UK include easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways, Monarch and Jet2.com. May to October are the peak travel times to Alicante when the weather is hot. If you're looking for cheap flights to Alicante, prepare to fly in the winter and spring when it's less crowded.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 15 hours (including stopover); New York - 11 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 13 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 29 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

In Alicante, traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 120kph (75mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) on roads outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) within towns, unless otherwise stated. A valid driving licence and third-party insurance are required to drive in Spain. National licences from EU countries are accepted, although drivers are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit. A Green Card is strongly recommended for all visitors, although it is not compulsory if bringing your car from another EU country.

Emergency breakdown services

Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) (tel: +34 902 112 222).

Routes

The A-31 connects Alicante with Madrid. The A-7 connects Alicante with Valencia to the north and continues south to Murcia and beyond. The AP-7 is a toll motorway linking Alicante with the Valencian coast, Catalonia and the south of Spain.

Coaches

Eurolines (tel: +34 96 512 1455; www.eurolines.es) operates from Alicante's bus station, Muelle Poniente, linking Alicante to many other parts of Spain and also to destinations in Morocco and Europe. Alsa (tel: +34 902 422 242; www.alsa.es) also operates out of the same station, with routes throughout the rest of Spain in addition to services to other European cities.

Time to city

From Benidorm - 40 minutes; Murcia - 1 hour; Valencia - 2 hours; Madrid - 4 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

Estación de Tren de Alicante, Avenida Salamanca 1, is the city's main railway station. Alicante has good rail links to Madrid (Ave and Alvia trains) and Barcelona (Euromed trains). Other trains, such as the Talgo, link Alicante with Asturias, Castilla, the Basque Country, Valencia and Montpellier (France. If travelling from the UK, you can take trains from London to Paris, Paris to Barcelona, and Barcelona to Alicante.

Operators

The Spanish rail network is operated by RENFE (tel: +34 902 320 320; www.renfe.com).

Journey times

From Valencia - 1 hour 35 minutes; Barcelona - 5 hours; Madrid - 2 hours 20 minutes; Cartagena - 2 hours 10 minutes.

Travel by boat

The Port of Alicante (www.puertoalicante.com) is located at the end of the A-31 motorway and serves cruise ships, passenger ferries and commercial boats.

Ferry operators

Algérie Ferries (tel: +213 21 644 374; www.algerieferries.com) runs overnight sailings from Alicante to the Algerian cities of Algiers and Oran.

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Meliá Alicante Hotel

This established Alicante hotel is located between El Postiguet beach and the Marina, close to the town hall and the MUBAG Museum, and not far from the shopping district and the historic centre. Facilities include a business centre, restaurants and bars. Guests can use the spa at the adjacent Spa Portmaris.

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.