A Pre Christmas Break in Alicante

Alison Mees on 03 December 2023
As the festive season approaches, Alicante transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a unique and enchanting experience for those seeking a pre-Christmas getaway. I spent 2 nights in early December wandering around Alicante. My hotel was perfectly placed in the Old Town, just a few steps from restaurants and coffee shops. Only a 5 minute walk and you reach the beach and marina.

I enjoyed taking a walk through the Old Town, immersing myself in its festive charm. Explore the Christmas market in Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where local artisans showcase their crafts, and savour the aroma of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. During the evening you can experience the cultural festivities of Alicante as you visit the local Christmas events and performances. Check out the Nativity scenes displayed in various locations, each telling a unique story of the season. Don't miss the lively atmosphere in the Mercado de Navidad, where you can find handmade gifts and local treats for your loved ones. Take a walk down ‘Calle de Las Setas’ where you will see large statues of mushroom figures, at night they come alive with the Christmas Lights.

Don't miss the iconic Santa Bárbara Castle, perched on Mount Benacantil, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. As you explore, indulge in authentic Spanish tapas at local taverns, savouring the flavours that define Alicante's culinary scene.

With the sun shining I spent the second day exploring the beachfront and marina, adorned with seasonal decorations. Here you can enjoy a festive lunch at a beachside restaurant, indulging in traditional Spanish Christmas delicacies. If you're feeling adventurous, take a boat tour along the coast to witness the city's lights from the sea, creating a magical and romantic atmosphere.

For an afternoon of shopping, explore the streets around Avenida de Maisonnave, where boutique stores and traditional shops offer a variety of gifts and souvenirs. The Central Market, or "Mercado Central," stands as a vibrant culinary oasis that captivates the senses. This bustling marketplace, housed within a grand, iron-framed building, is a treasure trove of fresh, local produce, aromatic spices, and a rich tapestry of flavours.

A pre-Christmas escape to Alicante in December is a magical journey filled with festive delights, coastal beauty, and cultural treasures. Experience the joy of the season as you explore the decorated streets, indulge in holiday treats, and soak in the unique atmosphere that only Alicante can offer.

As your dedicated travel agent, I am here to curate a December getaway that captures the spirit of the holidays and leaves you with lasting memories. Book your festive retreat to Alicante, where warmth and wonder await. ¡Feliz Navidad! (Merry Christmas!)