Alicante is one of the most popular travel destinations in Spain, and it’s easy to see why. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and over 125 miles of beaches on which to enjoy the weather, Alicante is a warm and welcoming destination in every sense. It has one airport located not far from the city centre. From there, passengers can also fly to 12 Spanish cities (including Ibiza and Las Palmas) or transfer to a train or coach to explore the country.
Welcoming 12 million people per year, Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) is Spain’s fifth busiest airport. This modern airport features a pay-to-use lounge available to passengers of all classes, plus free WiFi and power outlets throughout. There are multiple food outlets inside (including 24-hour eateries) as well as family services like a children’s play area and nursing room. Alicante Airport is situated just 6 miles from the city and connects to multiple bus lines which travel there.
As a popular holiday choice, the UK to Alicante route is served by almost a dozen airlines which fly direct. Providers include British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet. These airlines offer year-round flights from a combination of 23 airports across the UK. The right airline for each traveller depends on budget and departure location.
Without a doubt, flying is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Alicante. Flights from London arrive at Alicante Airport in as little as two and a half hours, with times varying slightly for other UK airports. When booking a direct flight, passengers have a choice of a whopping 23 departure airports, including London (Gatwick, Stansted and Luton), Manchester and Edinburgh. Operating all year round (not just for the summer season), these flights offer a lot of flexibility in travel plans.
A trip to Alicante is often about the here and now, making the most of the moment by visiting great beaches, eating great food and having a great time in the local bars and clubs. However, Alicante also has a fascinating past that travellers should explore. Architectural attractions like Ayuntamiento de Alicante and archaeology sites like Lucentum give a real feel for what Alicante was like in the centuries before the tourism boom. Alicante is small enough to explore mostly on foot, but the bus system is also a well-connected and efficient way to get around to various attractions.