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About Alicante

Built around a natural harbour, the main city and cruise port on Spain's Costa Blanca, Alicante, is also a top beach resort in its own right. It has a sophisticated Mediterranean feel with its restored old town adding to its charm and the attraction of its sandy beaches. Dubbed the 'City of Light' when founded by the Romans, Alicante is still a relaxing place to walk around.

Down from the impressive Castillo de Santa Barbara fortress, which offers impressive views across the city, most activity centres in the streets around the Ayuntamiento, a plaza area buzzing with restaurants and tapas bars. There are also many cafés along the seafront.

Works by artists including Dali, Miro and Picasso are on show at the Museo de Arte Siglo and there is also an archaeological museum.

 

Shore excursions in Alicante

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Alicante by Segway

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Explore Alicante with the latest innovation in personal transport; the Segway!

Head out on a unique adventure through the streets of Alicante as your guide accompanies you throughout this Segway city tour.

Leave the port area behind and ride towards the famous Spanish Esplanade, Paseo de las Palmeras, known for its distinctive pavements and palm trees. A stop will be made at Plaza Gabriel Miró; named after a famous Spanish poet, before you continue your journey towards the historic city centre.

Visit the Garrigo Museum and see the tunnels that connect the city’s ancient water deposits. From the terrace area, Santa Barbara Castle, formerly used as a prison, can be viewed, proudly standing at the peak of Mount Benacantil, as well as the famous silhouette of the Arabian face on the mountain.

Return to the Old Quarter, through St Augustine Square, past the 18th century Baroque-style Town Hall, and through the Spanish Esplanade as you make your way back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Passengers must be at least 16 years of age and weigh no more than 140kg. Sunglasses, sunscreen and suitable footwear are recommended. Helmets will be provided and must be worn when riding the Segway. Regular stops will be made throughout the tour. Before booking this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Aqualandia Benidorm

Activity highFamily

Duration: 7 hours

Make a splash at the Water Park of Aqualandia!

Aqualandia provides fun for every member of the family, especially younger children. Located in a beautiful natural setting in Benidorm, it has many water attractions, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and a sunbathing area.

There are a great variety of water rides for all ages and tastes. The rides are classified according to the intensity of each one, to make sure that all visitors have an unforgettable day out. Other Aqualandia areas and services include a picnic area, souvenir shop, photo booth, ATM, floats, safe-deposit boxes, lockers and recliners.

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour. Restaurant and snack facilities are available at the Park to suit individual choice.

If you are looking for a fun-filled day out with your friends and family, surrounded by water and fun, all with the most stringent safety measures, Aqualandia is your Park.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach. Guests are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel, sunscreen and local currency. The journey time to Aqualandia is approximately 40 minutes. Lockers are available for hire at the Park. The minimum height to use a water slide without an adult is 120cm or 125cm, depending on the ride. Use of the rides is not permitted for pregnant women, guests with heart problems and/or plaster casts. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs.

Aqualandia Benidorm – Family ticket

Activity highFamily

Duration: 7 hours

Make an incredible saving on the ‘Aqualandia Benidorm’ tour by booking a family ticket.

This special family ticket entitles you to a 50% discount for one child ticket, with 2 full paying adults.

Essential information

This excursion is operated by coach. This option is only available to families of 3 persons; i.e. 2 adults and 1 child. It is applicable only for children aged from 3 to under 13. Please only book 1 adult ticket when making your booking.

Best of Alicante

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore Alicante – a bustling, cosmopolitan city with a fascinating Moorish past.

Visit the Moorish Castle of Santa Barbara, one of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses. Set high on Benacantil Hill, gaze down from the Castle battlements over the city and surrounding coastline. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Sangria at a bar inside the Castle.

Explore the baroque-style Monastery of Santa Faz, with its pyramid-shaped dome. Inside the Monastery, you’ll find a relic brought from the Vatican in the 15th century which, as tradition has it, is actually a cloth used by Christ to dry his bloodied face during the Stations of the Cross.

A guided stroll takes you through the charming old Moorish quarter, nestling at the foot of the imposing Castle. The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas has an austere renaissance façade, and inside you’ll discover a magnificent 17th century nave and 15th century cloister. You’ll also see the impressive 18th century baroque Town Hall, where your guide will provide you with details of its imposing exterior before some free time.

On the beautiful palm-lined Esplanade of Spain, sample the delicious local specialty first introduced to Alicante by the Moors: ‘Horchata’, a sweetened milk of crushed tiger nuts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves walking over cobbled streets with steps at the Town Hall. There are also steep steps and inclines at the Castle. An interior visit of the Town Hall cannot be made at weekends. The order of highlights may vary.

Bike Glide

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

See the sights, taste some ‘tapas’ – and enjoy the thrill of a downhill bike ride!

Hop on your bicycle just below the highest mountain peak in the area, suspended 4,500 feet above sea level. Experience the breathtaking views from the summit as you take a little time to get used to your bicycle before the pedalling begins.

Riding at your own pace and stopping along the way to admire the best viewpoints, your route descends approximately 20 miles on a glide down to the picturesque village of Orcheta. In the company of an experienced tour leader, enjoy the scenic beauty of the Costa Blanca as you cruise through rolling, lush pine forests and orange, lemon, almond and olive groves. Enjoy this beautiful Spanish village set upon the mountainside and tantalise your taste buds with tapas washed down with a refreshing glass of wine.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. You must be a competent rider and at least 16 years of age. We recommend you bring along eye protection and wear closed-toe shoes. As it can get cooler in the mountains, some warmer clothing is recommended. Your tour includes a full explanation of equipment, complete safety instructions and a safety helmet (compulsory). The escort van will carry water and regular water stops will be made. All riding is on tarmac surfaced roads. Personal belongings may safely be left in the escort van.

 

A selection of cruises to Alicante

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