Alicante – Why Americans Retire To Spain

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Foreign Travel | 5 Comments

Not usually listed in guide books as a must see place, Alicante turned out to be a perfect place to unwind in-between visits to Barcelona, Madrid and other high energy tourist stops. With a view of the Mediterranean Sea from my friends apartment balcony, how could you not fall in love with this place.

Out the back window Santa Barbara Castle dominates the skyline. My friends were wonderfully generous to open their place and serve as guides to this charming city. Their apartment is in the building at left.

Alicante is a sailing town. Whether you want to learn how or are a world class sailor, this is the place to be. Especially every 2 years when the Volvo Ocean Race begins. For the last few years Volvo and the organization that puts this race on have chosen Alicante to be the start. 

7 boats, 45,000 miles, 9 months with intermediate (day racing) in 12 different ports. This is not for Sunday sailors. It’s also a deep pockets kind of event for those who sponsor a boat.

Like most good sized Spanish cities, Alicante has a broad pedestrian walkway.  The Esplanade of Espana for the most part is the border between the beach and the town.

Adjacent to the promenade is Canalejas Park with its 100+ year old ficus trees – their girth and leafy spread is impressive. Mediterranean living at its best.

5 Comments

  1. Lynn
    February 5, 2018

    Spectacular!

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  2. David Robillard
    February 5, 2018

    Beautiful city William, well captured as well!

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  3. Pamela Shea
    February 5, 2018

    These photos are amazing; they draw you in and for someone like me, I get lost in them!

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  4. sheana
    February 5, 2018

    Kind of reminds me a little of Majorca and it’s out of the way towns on the Mediterranean…..lovely!

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  5. Neighbor Susan
    February 5, 2018

    Beautiful, Bill, as always. Thanks.

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