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Alicante Holidays Overview
Alicante is the second largest city in Valencia, and with a mild climate, beautiful sandy beaches, lively night life, and renovated old town, it is the perfect holiday destination. Alicante, named Lucentum, meaning ‘City of Light’ by the Romans is a typical Spanish town, with wide esplanades and sea front promenades filed with terraced cafes.
Archaeological remains found near Alicante show that the earliest settlers in the area arrived in the third millennium BC. The Romans founded the first town in the fourth century BC. This was later conquered by the Moors, who built the old town area on the slopes of Mount Benacantil. Alicante was incorporated into Valencia in the thirteenth century after being reconquered by the Christians and it was granted city status in the fifteenth century.
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The Hogueras de San Juan Festival
Held at the end of June, this is the most important festival in Alicante and has been declared of International Tourist Interest. It is a celebration of the summer solstice and involves setting fire to large paper statues on the Noche de la Crema (Night of burning). The flames are put out by fire fighters in the Banya (soaking). The festival also includes a spectacular firework and firecracker competition, processions, parades and floral tributes to the Virgen del Remedio.
The Santa Faz Festival
Held on the second Thursday after Easter, this popular festival includes a traditional pilgrimage known as La Peregrina, the second largest pilgrimage held in Spain today. Thousands of people walk the five miles from Alicante to the Fanta Faz monastery where the relics of the saint are housed. In the Santa Faz monastery there is also a cloth that Veronica supposedly used to dry the face of Christ on the Way of the Cross.
Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos
Held in Alcoy, around sixty kilometres from Alicante, Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos is a three day festival to mark St. George’s Day in April. It is one of the main festivals in the region. Processions and mock battles, including a gunpowder battle, take place throughout the festival and culminate in the arrival of San Jordi himself on the castle battlements.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Alicante is in the region of thirty to thirty four hours. Airlines that fly that route include Qantas, Iberia, and British Airways, and stopovers are common in London, Frankfurt or Madrid.