Where to Stay in Alicante: Best Areas

The 8 best areas to stay in Alicante are El Centro, Postiguet Beach, Cabo de las Huertas, Albufereta, San Juan Beach, El Campello, Alipark, and Elche. This blog post will help you to decide where to stay in Alicante for tourists, nightlife, accommodations near beach, in the old town, and some best things to do in Alicante.

Located on the Costa Blanca (White Coast), Alicante is a the perfect destination for holidayers looking for history and culture, from the quaint buildings of the historic old town to the ancient origins of Albufereta beach.

Alicante is a fairly compact city, so you aren’t missing out on one area by staying in another. It is an easy city to get around and each neighborhood has its pros and cons – it won’t ruin your trip if you don’t pick the perfect location! 

Located 9 kilometers southwest of Alicante city, Alicante Airport is also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is one of the largest airports in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both the Region of Murcia and Valencia Community. It has flights from some European countries like UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway with low-cost carriers.

Barcelona, Madrid, and the region’s capital Valencia can be reached by train from Alicante Main Train Station. Some of the famous places to visit nearby are Benidorm, Javea, Denia, and the Balearic Islands.

💖 Best Area:El Centro
💎 Best luxury hotel:Hospes Amérigo
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Occidental Alicante by Barceló
💰 Best budget hotel:Bed & Breakfast La Milagrosa

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Where to Stay in Alicante: 8 Best Areas to stay in Alicante

1. El Centro, where to stay in Alicante for the first time visitors

Where to Stay in Alicante for first time visitor
El Centro

El Centro (Old Town) is the best place to stay for a first-time visitor, as it has a lot of the city’s old-world charm and is home to many of the city’s historic buildings, narrow streets, and cultural attractions.

This Historical Downtown city center has a wonderful range of tapas bars and restaurants for an authentic Spanish experience, and after dinner, you can wander down to the seafront for beautiful views and vibrant nightlife with numerous bars, discos, and cafes.

Santa Barbara Castle is the most prominent attraction in the city center. This is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain and is located on the top of Mount Benacantil, 166 meters above the sea, and offers beautiful views of the city, and the entire bay of Alicante.

The castle is home to the MUSA museum which displays historical documents and works of art of the different civilizations from the prehistory of Alicante.

The castle can be reached by a lift from El Postiguet beach, or by foot and car from Calle Vázquez de Mella. On its slope is La Ereta Park, a charming open-air space with a restaurant, cafe which offers sweeping views of the city and its Old Quarter.

The Old town is also home to the 18th-century Alicante Town Hall where you can find brass studs on the staircase which is used for measuring the sea levels around Spain. Be sure to climb the staircase to check the impressive Salon Azul (Blue Room).

The oldest church in Alicante, Iglesia de Santa Maria (St Marys Church), and the 17th-century San Nicolas de Bari Cathedral in Plaza Abad Penalva is also well worth a visit whilst in Alicante.

The Santa Cruz is the oldest quarter of Alicante on the foot of the castle with many narrow winding streets, small white houses with balconies decorated with flowers, quaint shops, and outdoor restaurants. Calle San Rafael and Calle San Antonio are the most famous street in the area.

Make sure to climb to Mirador de Santa Cruz, the highest point of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which offers spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, especially at sunset time.

You can also find a convent, art galleries, and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (Museo de la Segurada), Mubag Gravina Fine Arts Museum, and Figueres Festival Museum.

It’s also the site of the famous Les Figueres festival in the summer, a fantastic sight.

The center is only 15 minutes from the Alicante Airport and the most visited area of Alicante. It has a frequent bus service and fantastic tourist facilities including a tourist office and map stand near the bus terminal, making it a good destination for first-time visitors who don’t know their way around.

Stay in El Centro if you like being in the old town, you need to be close to the Alicante Airport, you want to go sightseeing, you like eating out, you’re looking for good nightlife.

Best Places to stay in El Centro:

luxury: Hospes Amérigo is a lovely hotel in a great location, ideal for both restaurants, bars, and shops. It is close to Marina and Beach, Provincial Archaeology Museum of Alicante, Casa de la Asegurada Museum, and also easy to get around with public transport links via bus and tram. This 5-star hotel offers a rooftop pool with a beautiful view of the Santa Bárbara Castle and Alicante Cathedral. 

mid-range: Occidental Alicante by Barceló is a 4 star comfortable, modern, and newly decorated hotel, situated in the real heart of Alicante. Good value for money. It is within walking distance of Alicante’s old town, Santa Barbara Castle, and the Teatro Principal Theatre. You can easily travel to the airport by bus and tram which is just outside of the hotel.

budget: Bed & Breakfast La Milagrosa This Bed & Breakfast offers a roof terrace with views of Santa Barbara Castle, 24-hour reception with a tour desk, and free wifi. It has rooms with air conditioning, tiled floors, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Close to Alicante Beach, and many bars and restaurants in the streets around Alicante Harbour.

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2. Postiguet Beach, where to stay in Alicante for nightlife

Where to stay in Alicante for nightlife
Postiguet Beach

Postiguet Beach is located in a convenient location on the foot of Mount Benecantil, and next to the Marina, the Explanada esplanade, and Paseo de Gomiz.

Close to the train station and the Alicante Airport, Postiguet Beach is accessible and also fantastic for nightlife – the beachfront is full of a range of bars and restaurants.

The beach is well-known for its top-quality, fine white sand bordered by a beautiful full promenade of palms trees. Explanada de Espana was built by José Guardiola Picó, and is one of the most popular seafronts of Alicante.

Stroll along this public walk, and enjoy a half-kilometer-long wonderful marble floor with 6.6 million tiles.

El Postiguet beach has good facilities, beach chair rentals, public bathrooms, lockers, umbrellas, foot showers, toilets, lifeguard stations, and many possibilities for water sports.

The accommodation in this neighborhood was designed with tourism in mind and is pretty luxurious, so this isn’t the area for visitors on a budget.

Despite the lively nightlife, it’s also very family-friendly, so this is a great destination if your holiday group has a mixture of ages.

Stay in Postiguest Beach if your group has a range of ages and interests, you are looking for the best places to stay in Alicante for nightlife, you want a beautiful Blue Flag beach, you’re looking for upmarket accommodation.

Best places to stay in Postiguest Beach Area:

Melia Alicante is a beautiful and modern 4-star hotel, located in the middle of Postiguet Beach and Alicante Harbor. It provides an outdoor swimming pool, and rooms with a terrace, some of the rooms with a sea view. The hotel is within walking distance from Alicante Casino, yacht club, marina, Santa Barbara Castle, and Archaeology Museum.

Eurostars Lucentum is located in central Alicante and is surrounded by bars, restaurants, cafes. It is just a few steps away from Alicante Central Market, next to La Rambla, and only about 400 m to the beach. You can easily travel to the airport with a bus and tram stop right in front of the hotel.

Pensión Alicante San Nicolás is the best budget hotel in Alicante. It is located in an amazing central location straight in the middle of the old town, and within walking distance to the Santa Bárbara Castle, marina, and  El Postiguet Beach. This guest house offers rooms with air conditioning, heating, a flat-screen TV, a kettle for tea and coffee, and either shared or private bathroom facilities.

3. Cabo de las Huertas, best residential neighborhood of Alicante

Where to Stay in Alicante for hiking
Cabo de las Huertas @Jesús Alenda

Offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, excellent hiking trails, and lots of beaches and coves to explore, Cabo do Los Huertas (Cape of the Huerta) also doesn’t disappoint with its range of bars and restaurants.

The most the most notable coves in El Cabo are Cala de la Palmera, Cala Cantalares, Cala de los Judíos. It has a rocky sea bed and crystal-clear water making them an ideal spot for water sports enthusiasts.

Almadraba beach is a small beach of rocks and dark sand, and calm waters.

This gorgeous area is a 15-minute drive east of the old town, and is home to stunning natural beaches which are much less developed than other areas in Alicante, making it a great place for those who enjoy a more natural environment – and there are even spits of coral reef.

This beautiful and exclusive residential neighborhood is bordered by the emblematic Playa de San Juan in the north, the Albufereta neighborhood in the west, and surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the east and south.

Since it doesn’t cater to tourists as much as other areas, it’s also less crowded and more reasonably priced than other areas, and accommodation comes in the form of small Beds and Breakfasts or apartments, ideal for couples or young families.

There is also a nautical sports club where you can enjoy the excitement of sailing, windsurfing, and other water sports.

Stay in Cabo de las Huertas if you enjoy hiking, you want to try adventure sports, you want to get away from the crowds, you’re looking for mid-range accommodation, you enjoy appreciating nature.

Best Places to stay in Cabo de las Huertas Area:

Hotel Boutique Calas de Alicante This 3-star hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel with a nice swimming pool with sun loungers and a nice restaurant. It’s a short 10 min walk to a small center with shops and restaurants and a short bus ride to Alicante center. It features spacious rooms with free WiFi, air conditioning, and private terraces with sea or garden views.

Hostal Mont Royal This guest house is the best budget accommodation in Cabo de las Huertas. It is located in a great location, just within walking distance to a lovely beach and lots of other little beach areas too. You can easily reach Alicante city center by bus. It is also 10 minutes walk away from a lovely little area with lots of bars and restaurants around. It has private rooms with air conditioning, a bathroom, a satellite TV, and a balcony in some rooms.

4. Albufereta Beach, a beautiful urban city beach

Where to Stay in Alicante close to the history Albufereta
Albufereta

Located on the northeast of the city between the districts Serra Grossa and Tossal de Manises, Albufereta is where Alicante has its origins – believed to have been a Roman harbor, some ancient settlements have been found here like the remains of a sunken Roman ship.

This is the choice of Alicante locals for a holiday destination, making it the perfect destination to enjoy a holiday atmosphere without feeling like part of the crowds of tourists.

With its characteristic fine, golden sand, the Beach of La Albufereta is also notable for its EU Blue Flag beach certification, meaning it is recognized for its cleanliness, safety, and conservation efforts.

The Albufereta beach has good beach services and facilities such as lifeguard stations, showers, toilets, rent umbrellas, parasols, rental pedal boats, and playgrounds. It’s a busy place in summer.

La Almadraba is just 10-minute walk from Playa de la Albufereta to the north. There is a nautical club and a couple of rocky coves In between those two beaches.

Stay in Albufereta if you like a mountain view, you enjoy feeling close to history, you enjoy a local atmosphere, you want to get away from the crowds.

Best Places to stay in Albufereta Area: Hotel Albahia Alicante is close to the Plaza Mar 2 Shopping Centre, La Albufereta Beach and Alicante’s Old Town.It provides a Spanish restaurant with sea views, a 9 tennis Court and a free gym. You can reach the city center, beach by bus and tram nearby.

5. San Juan Beach, where to stay in Alicante for best beaches

best neighborhood to stay for water sport
San Juan Beach

This is Alicante’s most famous beach, stretching all the way from Mirador de la Rotonda de Abajo to El Campello on the Costa Blanca.

San Juan Beach is well-connected with Alicante’s old town by public transport, you can easily reach the beach by tram within 20 minutes.

This 7km long, Blue Flag beach of Playa de San Juan is famous for its white sand, crystal clear, and clean water. The beach has good facilities including beach chairs and umbrellas.

There are also plenty of stylish bars along its very well-kept promenade for a relaxing drink at the end of the day.

This is the best place to stay if you like to participate in sports like volleyball, golf, and windsurfing, which are all easily accessible in this neighborhood. If you like golf, head to Alicante Golf Course nearby.

This area is filled with apartment-style accommodation for a self-sufficient family holiday, with a choice of shops and restaurants.

Stay at San Juan Beach if you prefer apartment accommodation, you like to play sports, you like to go shopping, you don’t mind crowded beaches.

Best Places to stay in San Juan Beach Area:

Hotel Almirante is the only hotel with direct access to Alicante’s San Juan Beach and has a large outdoor pool. It’s close to Alicante Golf course, and Gran Via Shopping Center.

Mi Refugio offers an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. It near Cantalars Cove, Provincial Archaeology Museum of Alicante, and Explanada de España.

6. El Campello, where to stay in Alicante for families

Staying in Alicante El Campello for views
El Campello @Olga Berrios

Located 14km from north Alicante, the family-friendly area of El Campello has an upbeat vibe and it’s a great place to stay if you want a place to retreat to after experiencing the rest of what Alicante has to offer. 

It provides a bit of peace and quiet as well as stunning views and is very well connected to the rest of Alicante. This is a great place to relax away from the city center after a day of soaking up the culture and then head back to the city for a night of dancing.

With 23 kilometers of coastline, you can enjoy sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, and water sports such as sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing.

You will find cliffs and small coves such as La Coveta Fuma, La Venta La Nuza, and the 7km long blue flag Muchavista beach with a charming marina and promenade.

There are also a few of its own historical sites, so you won’t run out of things to do if you don’t feel like traveling into the city.

Some interesting historical and cultural attractions for you to explore like the ancient ruins at La Illeta dels Banyets; 16th-century watchtower Torre Vigía De La Illeta which was built to protect the area from pirates, the historic buildings in the Old Town.

You can also visit the Canelobre Caves in Jijona, the Benidorm theme parks, and a boat trip to Tabarca Island.

El Campello is well connected with transport links. You can take a tram to Alicante, Benidorm, and Villajoyosa.

El Campello has a wide range of accommodations like villas, apartments, hostels, and hotels. Hotel prices are from €27 a day.

Stay in El Campello if you don’t want to stay in the main city, you don’t want to have to travel every day, you want easy access to the main city, you enjoy beautiful views, you want to sunbathe on the beach.

Best places to stay in El Campello Area:

Ahoy Apartments provides guests with a terrace, a seating area, a satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. It is located in El Campello, 400 m from Carrer La Mar Beach, and provides air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi, as well as access to an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s playground. 

Sercotel Hotel Bonalba Alicante 4*S is in a quiet area of Mutxamel, 4.9 mi from Campello’s beaches and 10 minutes’ drive from central Alicante and its port. Close to Canelobre Caves, University of Alicante, Alicante Train Station.

Hostal12 is located in El Campello, 300 m from Carrer La Mar Beach, Hostal12 features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at Hostal12 will be able to enjoy activities in and around El Campello, like fishing.

7. Alipark, a convenient place to stay around Alicante Train Station

Alipark, a cool area to stay in Alicante
Sightseeing Santa Bárbara Castle

An up-and-coming neighborhood in Alicante, Alipark is a modern area that contains the Alicante Train Station and is very convenient as a base from which to explore the rest of the city. 

The central railway station of Alicante, Alicante Terminal, is used by RENFE trains with services to Valencia, Cartagena, Murcia, Ciudad Real, and Madrid via the AVE high-speed railway.

This is a relatively quiet neighborhood that’s less popular with tourists, so it’s a great place to stay if you don’t mind more modern surroundings and want to get away from the hectic atmosphere of central Alicante. 

Alipark also boasts a tranquil green park which is a fantastic destination for a picnic without getting covered in sand, or simply to while away an afternoon with a book or some friends.

Stay in Alipark if you don’t mind modern surroundings, you want to get away from the crowds, you want to be near the train station, you like to be near green spaces, you want to go sightseeing without staying in the center.

Best places to stay in Alipark Area: La City Estación is located opposite the train station in the center of Alicante, within walking distance from the marina and Canalejas Park, San Fernando Castle, Bulevar Plaza, and El Corte Inglés Alicante.

8. Elche, where to stay in Alicante on budget

budget area to stay in Alicante Elche
Elche 

With a local atmosphere, only a short train ride from the city center, and offering affordable accommodation and food, the Valencian city of Elche is the ideal neighborhood for backpackers and for those traveling on a budget.

It’s an often missed destination, so it’s also a good choice if you want easy access to the historical and cultural attractions of the city center with less of the tourist hustle and bustle.

Elche is home to UNESCO world heritage site the Palmeral of Elche, where over 200,000 palm trees grow (the largest mangrove in Europe).  You can explore by following the 2.5 kilometer-long Ruta del Palmeral from the Huerto de San Plácido park, near the Palm Grove Museum.

Other places to visit are the Basilica of Santa Maria, Museo Arqueológico y de Historia de Elche, Huerto del Cura (Priest’s Garden), and Rio Safari Park Elche.

If you’re visiting in August the Misterio de Elche (Mystery Play of Elche), a sacred musical drama of the death, is an absolute must-see.

Elche is famous for its shoemaking, you can buy top-quality shoes at the biggest shoe outlet village in Europe, the Elche Business Park. Salvador Artesano factory is also a good place to do your shopping!

If you want to learn more about the history of Spanish footwear from espadrilles to the 21st-century, head to Pikolinos shoemaking museum.

You should stay in Elche if you’re traveling on a budget, you want to meet other travelers, you want to stay away from tourist crowds, you’re interested in cultural attractions.

Best places to stay in Elche Area:

  • Huerto del Cura is located within the Elche’s Palmeral palm tree gardens, close to Santa María Church, and Costa Blanca.
  • Tryp Ciudad de Elche Hotel is located in central Elche, this modern hotel offers stylish rooms with free wifi, air conditioning, and satellite TV. It’s within walking distance from Palmeral de Elche Palm Garden, Elche’s Grand Theater, and Town Hall.
  • Campanile Hotel Elche Located close to UNESCO World Heritage Site -Elche Palm Grove, Altamira Palace, and Santa María Basilica.

Check out my virtual tour of the best places to stay in Alicante in this video:

Where to stay in Alicante: Best Areas to Stay in Alicante, Spain

Where To Stay In Alicante For Couples?

Staying in the historic center of Alicante will lend an old-world romance to your holiday. Full of quaint buildings and stunning views, plus only a short walk away from romantic evenings on the beach, El Centro is a great destination for couples.

Is Alicante A Good Holiday Destination?

Alicante is a fantastic holiday destination. It is set up to cater to tourists, filled with every type of hotel, plenty of shops and of course its famous white sand beaches. From a fun-filled family holiday to a couples’ getaway, Alicante will keep everyone happy.

Is Alicante Worth Visiting?

Alicant is famous for its white sand beaches, stunning views and historical landmarks and archaeological interest – this beautiful Spanish city truly has something for everyone and is truly a great holiday destination.

Is Alicante Cheap For A Holiday?

Because Alicante is one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Spain but in Europe, there is a fantastic array of deals on flights, accommodation and all-inclusive packages available for the city that make it an affordable holiday destination.

Is Alicante Safe?

As with any tourist city, you will be at risk for petty crimes such as bag snatching and pickpocketing.

You should also avoid walking around dark or empty streets at night as there is a risk of mugging – however, this risk is not any more significant than it would be in another big city.

How Do You Get Around Alicante?

It’s easy to get around Alicante using public transport. It is a relatively compact city, with all its major attractions essentially within walking distance of each other;

however, should you need to get to other parts of the city there is a reliable bus and tram service which covers the whole city, as well as special tourist trams.

Best 5 Star Hotels in Alicante Spain

If you still can’t decide which area of the lovely Alicante to stay in, perhaps a quick look at the top hotels will help you choose. Here are our top picks of 5 and 4-star hotels in Alicante for a truly wonderful visit to the city.

Hospes Amerigo

Set in a converted 19th-century convent, Hospes Amerigo is just a minute’s walk from Postiguet beach and right in the heart of Alicante’s old town.

Featuring spacious rooms with huge windows to let in the Spanish sunshine. Free for guests is the use of the rooftop spa, which looks out over Alicante Cathedral and Santa Barbara castle. The spa contains a swimming pool, gym, and sauna for the ultimate relaxing experience.

There is also a stylish rooftop lounge bar where guests can unwind after a long day of exploring Alicante.

Featuring chic modern interior design against the traditional beauty of the building, this hotel is a beautiful blend of old and new and of luxury and comfort.

Best 5 star hotels in Alicante Hospes Amerigo

Melia Alicante

Another stunning five-star hotel in the Postiguet neighborhood (we did say this was the place for luxury!) is the Melia Alicante, sitting snugly halfway between Alicante HArbour and Postiguet Beach.

Every room has a balcony, with some offering stunning sea views and others just the perfect spot to enjoy a book in the sun.

A great choice for a family trip, the Melia Alicante is minutes away from the Archaeology Museum and the Santa Barbara Castle, both great family days out, and the hotel runs a children’s club and poolside snack bar throughout the summer – as well as having a stylish cocktail bar and restaurant to enjoy in the evening. 

If you’re looking for a more glamorous ‘no-kids-allowed’ trip, the Melia also offers express check-in and check out as well as a private pool and luxury facilities, so you can cut out the stress and just get straight to a stress-free holiday – this five-star destination has something for everyone.

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Best 4 Star Hotels in Alicante Spain

Hotel Spa Porta Maris

best 4 star hotels in Alicante spain spa porta maris

Set between Postiguet Beach and Alicante Marina with lovely views of the Mediterranean, Spa Porta Maris is 100 meters from Alicante’s historic center. Just a 15-minute drive from the Alicante Airport and easily accessible by tram and train, Spa Portis Maris is a great place to stay to explore the rest of Alicante.

Each air-conditioned room has a private terrace, flat-screen TV, and offers views of the marina or Alicante Bay. Each suite room also has a lounge.

The hotel also boasts a gym and a spa featuring a heated pool, massages, and body and face treatments.

A buffet breakfast is served with views of Alicante’s bay, and evening restaurant The Marabierta Restaurant, features gorgeous views of the sea and harbor, serving traditional Mediterranean dishes daily.

Eurostars Centrum Alicante

Best 4 star hotels in alicante eurostars centrum

Under a mile from Postiguet Beach and Santa Bárbara Castle, this chic hotel in the center of Alicante offers stylish modern rooms complete with a flat-screen tv – and some rooms also offer a relaxing hydromassage shower and bath.

The buffet breakfast is available on the terrace, and the evening restaurant offers a range of Mediterranean cuisine. A relaxed atmosphere bar is also available, so you can end your evening in style with a cocktail.

To top up your well-being and relaxation, the hotel also features a fully equipped gym and sauna, plus a beautifully furnished sun terrace where guests can lie back with a book.

Set in Alicante’s commercial district, the Eurostars Centrum is easily accessible by car and only a fifteen-minute drive from the Alicante Airport, as well as being within walking distance of the city’s train and bus stations so you can explore the rest of what Alicante has to offer.

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Alicante is a fantastic destination for your holiday. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort, a chance to absorb some culture and history in the sun or a weekend of dancing the night away – Alicante has something for you.

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