If you are one of those who likes to live in a city, but at the same time want to avoid the crowds, Alicante may just be the city you are looking for. As we approach Alicante, from a distance you can see it laid out around the huge rocks that organize the structure of the city. In the centre of everything, you have the Santa Bárbara castle keeping watch of the city, an impressive 9th century building from Muslim Spain that spreads over the rocky mass of Mount Benacantil. From a certain angle, the rocks resemble the profile of a human face. "The face of the Moor" is the name given to this group of rocks, not entirely politically correct in modern times.
Being a city with more than 300,000 inhabitants, Alicante is the ideal size to live peacefully as a family with all the comforts, as well as having one of the most affordable local economies in Spain. And with Alicante being a vibrant university city the atmosphere is full of student life.
Alicante is a city where sea meets the mountains and, if you are a lover of water sports, you can take advantage of its wonderful climate to do sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kitesurfing all year around. But if, on the other hand, you are not the sporty type, you can still participate by being in the audience of some of the numerous championships and competitions organized all over Alicante.
When having dinner in Alicante, you must save some room for dessert, since this is the land of all things sweet. Here you can enjoy cakes such as cocas or the fantastic Christmas nougat made in local bakeries during the last 100 years. And of course, a city like Alicante offers the most numerous international culinary options, although there is a clear preference towards the Mediterranean cuisine.