I promised carl_lewis I'd put up some photos from a recent holiday to Alicante, so here they are.
We (not me and carl_lewis) stayed in an apartment just back from the main town square
, and a 10 minute walk from the beach.
It was around 23 or 24 degrees most days, and the sea was plenty warm enough to swim in every day. That and eating outside in late October is quite a novelty when you live in Edinburgh.
Alicante has a population of around 330,000, but the Old Town where we were staying is the main touristy bit and is quite compact. It runs from the beach up the side of a rock on which there's the Castle of Santa Bárbara.
The Old Town is full of narrow streets, interesting architecture, and loads of bars and restaurants.
The beach is long and a pretty shallow gradient - you can walk out into the sea for maybe 50 metres. There's a promenade that runs the full length of the harbour and the beach.
There's a tunnel into the centre of the castle rock, with a lift going up through the rock to the castle above.
The views from the castle are pretty spectacular.
On one of the days we took a tram out to El Campello, further up the coast. There wasn't really much to see there aside from a tower built to look out for Barbary pirates. The place was pretty dead, very much an out-of-season tourist place, unlike Alicante which was still pretty busy.
Another day we took a boat trip out to an island called Isla de Tabarca. It used to be a raiding base for Barbary pirates until the Spanish kicked them out and built a fort in the 18th century.
There are hundreds of cats all over the island, probably descended from ship's cats, and they outnumber the human residents significantly (68 permanent residents). When we had lunch there were 5 or 6 cats sitting around us waiting for scraps, and dozens more roaming the town square, quite weird. Like something from a horror film really.
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