Alicante has always been known as a port city and for this reason its port has always been a key part of the city. The Port of Alicante is situated in the center of the city and, in some respects, is the city’s nerve center and heart of activity. Nowadays, it doesn’t just serve fishing purposes, but rather is home of many of Alicante’s main entertainment areas.
The entertainment area is in a part of the port and to get there you can take a lovely walk around the port. After all, the path is well-maintained and is more like a boardwalk in many respects. The most noticeable place is undoubtedly the huge casino covered in neon lights that you can see from a distance. Around the casino, there is a high concentration of bars and restaurants and that’s where the locals and tourists typically go.
Along the port, you can also see various sculptures; one of which that struck my attention was of a surfer leaving the water. It is gigantic and everyone usually takes photos with it. By the way, I know I’ve only spoken about the port as a leisure area, but it’s also the place to catch ferries which sail to various destinations like Oran, Algeria or Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.
A cute, calm and cozy fisherman’s town on the coast of Levante. It’s an ideal place to relax, go for a swim in the Mediterranean sea and enjoy the fish this town is famous for.
The water is nice and warm. I definitely recommend plan your next holiday here.
Also, it’s not expensive at all.
Ferries leave each day from Santa Pola port in Alicante that can take us to Tabarca island for 13€ round trip. There are tourist boats with see-through floors that take only 25 minutes to get to Tabarca) and others more practical, like the “Lancha Rápida”, that takes 10 minutes less.
The Marina de Denia is full of pubs and all kinds of restaurants from pizzerias to Argentinian cuisine. In summer it's a great place to come to enjoy good music and a good atmosphere. I recommend the Zensa Marina in particular - the perfect spot to chill out with a swimming pool.
A stroll on the breakwater of the port, where the straight lines mark the way back for you. While on holiday in Santa Pola, I visited the nearby Torrevieja and I found this corner and I loved it. The soil contrasts with the railings and benches, it seems to mark the return path for walkers who find themselves in an urbanized area.
Along the Natural Park of Penon de Ifach, the fishing port of Calpe is located. Calpe is a town with a great fishing tradition, like many other towns on the Costa Blanca and the Mediterranean. Every day around five p.m, the ships come in after being out all day. . It is a sight to see all of the merchandise being checked in.
The Club Nautico de Altea is a classic for those who have lived in this area. Besides managing private boats that are moored in port, during the summer next to City Hall it organizes various children's activities: swimming, sailing and rowing. It also has a sailing school that organizes five-day intensive courses (for 110 €) to teach a basic understanding.
El Campello, with a coastline of 23 km, is the ideal destination for those who enjoy all kinds of water sports. The Yacht Club offers courses in various water sports for all levels and ages: sailing, kayaking, diving, rowing. You can also rent sailboats or motorboats for an excursion. The Yacht Club has a restaurant-café with a terrace offering stunning views over the Mediterranean and the marina.
What I liked was having a clear view of the maritime nature of Benidorm. The boats passed by the corridor. It is a viewpoint somewhat dilapidated but its charm lay their age. Also, it was a stormy day so the natural views were even better.
Although mainly for the fishing fleet of El Campello, the conditioning, modernization and adaptation of this port arrived 'late'. The truth is that today it is quite a tourist attraction and a place to walk at any time of year. It has also sparked a growing interest in sports among both locals and visitors. In fact, my son was a 'reputed pirate' with the summer kids activities run by the Yacht Club. Curiously, the fact that it was a natural harbor motivated the construction of the symbol of El Campello - the Tower of Illeta (la Torre de la Illeta).
In the far north of Guardamar del Segura, almost on the border with the district of La Marina, you can find the Marina Dunes. They are protected from the winds from the sea by sand dunes, and are small, cute and not too extravagant. Of course, it is always lovely to see all these boats together, while walking (if allowed) by the floating docks, and there you may meet a sailor that had come from Ireland, Sweden, or perhaps another far away country. The courage of these people is amazing, something I respect tremendously. It is on an end of town that you can very eaily access and it is very comfortable to stroll there, so it has become over time one of the benchmarks for athletes who come here by bike, "jogging" or simply speedwalking. This means that sport is always the way. Within the harbor there is a snack bar to have some refreshment, if you want to relax while watching the boats ...