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Situated on Spain's south-eastern coast, Alicante is one of Spain's oldest settlements, with archaeological evidence showing signs of occupation in the area as many as 7,000 years ago.
Today the city draws thousands of tourists every year who come to enjoy its mixture of history, art, architecture and Mediterranean culture. Towering over the town is the medieval fortress, the Castle of Santa Barbara.
The castle is free to enter, though those not wishing to climb the 166 metres to the summit can instead pay € 2.40 to catch an elevator to the top. The castle itself has a rich history; originally built in the 9th Century, the castle has been occupied by various warring factions across the ages, all of which have left their mark in some form, either by building new bits or destroying old sections.
The area's rich history can be explored further in the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, which brings the past to life through a series of innovative multimedia galleries and displays featuring exhibits up to 100,000 years old.
Below the castle lies the Port of Alicante, a sea of yacht masts surrounded by quayside restaurants serving the very freshest seafood possible. At night the eastern side of the marina comes to life, with bars, a casino and nightclubs staying open all night.
During the summer the night sky above Alicante explodes into a dazzle of fireworks, as the town celebrates the Bonfires of Saint John on the solstice. Huge colourful sculptures are created and then ceremonially burned throughout the city and rival groups compete to create the best pyrotechnic display on the town's beach.
During the day the urban Postiguet Beach is a pleasant, yet crowded, place to soak up some Spanish sunshine and relax.
Experience one of Spain's historic jewels in style by hiring a car with National when you visit Alicante.