This ancient Mediterranean port is worldly known as a top tourists’ seaside city. Not only it’s positioned on the Costa Blanca, it’s also a great starting point to visit neighboring cities with your car hire in Alicante. Moreover, you can even discover areas on the other side of Spain, as Alicante Airport offers excellent connections to Madrid and Barcelona. The city has plenty of amazing cultural sites and, just like the rest of Spain, effortlessly prevails as a top partying location. If anywhere, you can rely on having a diverse vacation here, especially with a quality car hire in Alicante, enabling you to visit anything you wish.
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Basic info and car hire in Alicante
- Location: Province of Alicante
- Population: 329,000
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: EUR
- Weather: Mediterranean
- Public holidays in Alicante: For public holidays in Alicante click here »
- Internet coverage: All cafés, restaurants and bars will offer free Wi-Fi
- Road conditions: The roads are in excellent conditions, perfectly signalised and the drivers are considerate, it’s a perfect location for a car hire
- Car hire in Alicante: Having a car hire in Alicante will come in very handy, as you will want to discover surrounding cities and beaches. There’s a good chance you the prices will be extremely high in top season, so make sure to book your car hire much in advance. Mainly, tourist choose to pick up their car rental at Alicante Airport, or they rent it in city centre.
Driving in Alicante
Whether you are an experienced driver or not, with a good GPS you will have no trouble driving your car hire in Alicante. Dense traffic is to be expected in the morning and in late afternoon, but there's nothing to worry about, as Spanish are relatively kind and respectful drivers. If you will exit Alicante, the AP(Autopista) is payable, whereas other (local roads, autovijas) are free of charge (depending on your destination you can find free highways, as only those with AP abbreviation are charged).
- Age limits: 21, but you will have to pay an extra fee if you're under 25. An international driving licence may be requested, and a valid credit card is a must.
- International Driving Permit: An IDP is mandatory only in case you hold a permit in non-Latin alphabet or if specifically stated on your car hire voucher.
- Additional papers: ID (passport).
- Additional requirements: A warning triangle and a reflective vest.
- Children in the car: Children must be seated in the appropriate child or booster seats if under 12 years of age.
- Driving side of the road: Right.
- Lights: Headlights are mandatory only during the night.
- General speed limits: 120 km/hour on motorways and autovias, 90 km/hour outside cities and 50 km/h in residential areas.
- Parking suggestions: Though you might find a free parking space in certain residential areas during the winter or spring, summer months are much more hectic. To have the best possible experience and not to waste time, we suggest using parking houses and car parks for your car hire in Alicante.
What to see in Alicante
Our favourite spots
Visiting a museum in Spain is always a clever idea. The Marq museum is located outside city centre, so we suggest accessing it with your car hire. It’s an archaeological museum where you will learn about Alicante’s interesting past in an interactive way. The admission fee is only 3 EUR per person and it will be worth visiting, not just in case of a rainy day in Alicante.
We suggest free parking in the Centre Commercial just a 5min walk from the museum.
If you’ve never been in Spain than remember this – the local food market is one of the best places to discover Spain and the locals. Just like in Valencia, Alicante’s Mercado Central offers a mixture of tastes, local fresh and dry food, prepared meals, sweets and pastries and is also the most important Spanish culinary experience you’ve ever wished for. Be like a local and buy juicy oranges or tasty tomatoes, you will enjoy Alicante’s Mercado undoubtedly.
There’s a parking garage Parking Alfonso El Sabio on the Rambla Mendez Nunez street.
The Esplanade de Espana
There’s something unifying, taking a walk down a promenade in a big city, but if you’re walking on the Esplanade de Espana, the feeling is even more exuberating. This promenade close to the port is made of tricolour marble surrounded by palm trees and wonderful flowers, all giving it a fun and relaxing vibe. Sit in one of the cafés and absorb the sunlight and the energy the place conveys.
Best is to park your car at Puerto de Alicante Parking house.
Santa Barbara Castle
There are 3 ways to discover the castle: by a one-hour uphill walk, by the elevator (few EUR cost), or by driving to the top with your car hire. In any case, this emblematic sight will not disappoint you – it offers amazing views above Alicante’s rooftops, seaside and mountains. Inside, you will get to see various interesting exhibitions and dive into the Spanish culture.
There’s a car park just on the hilltop by the castle.
Hotels in Alicante
Hotel Hospes Amerigo
Hotel Eurostars Lucentum
Drive your rental car around Alicante
Alicante is located on the eastern coast of Spain, widely known as Costa Blanca. And even if the name suggests it being a great seaside resort, there’s much more to discover in Alicante and its surroundings. We suggest driving up to the mysterious Altea, visiting the Island of Tabarca by Santa Pola, or discovering Torrevieja. A car hire in Alicante is the best way to discover this part of Spain and it will ensure a relaxing time driving through wonderful Spanish landscapes.
Where to eat, drink and party in Alicante
This is a wonderful place to visit while visiting Alicante, as many tourist go there partying. Enjoy sangria, Spanish beer, cocktails while getting to know your peers from all around the world. The place also organizes themed parties for students and travellers so be sure to check their page and be there on time!
This place is in Torrevieja, not in Alicante, but we still recommend choosing it for your night out. It’s only a short drive or a taxi ride away, and it’s the place to be! Best DJ’s, themed parties and spacious interior will guarantee great fun.
There’s nothing better than to pamper yourself with excellent local food whilst travelling and La Taberna del Gourmet is the place to do it. Located in the very city centre in Alicante, it offers local meals – seafood is absolutely ravishing there, wine and desserts.
TripAdvisor’s full of recommendation for this restaurant, so we suggest it as well. It offers friendly atmosphere, tapas and other local food and all this for an affordable price. There’s always a place to sit even though the place is extremely popular by the local clientele; you will enjoy your lunch break in Alicante there, for sure.
Major events and festivals in Alicante
Every January, the local celebrate this one of a kind festivity held for their saint San Anton. The animals are being brought to the bull ring, where they are blessed, and the streets are full of locals enjoying on the sun. The market is extraordinarily rich – you can buy just about anything and animal and music activities are organized for entertainment.
This Midsummer festival is held around many Catalan-speaking areas, but also in Portugal. It’s a traditional festival, which involves extravagant fireworks inviting locals and tourists to gather and celebrate together. The biggest celebration takes place in Alicante, so do not miss out this unique festivity.
Though carnivals are held around many cities in Europe and majority of them are more known than the one in Alicante, you will not regret participating. The events take place throughout the week, parades, processions, concerts, even burnings (of different paper sculptures) are organized and all this comes with the delicious churros and other typical pastries.