Alicante is an historic Mediterranean port and city in Spain on the Costa Blanca, in the south of the Valencian Community. The population of the city of Alicante was 334,329 as of 2011, ranking it as the second-largest Valencian city and the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.
Among the most notable features of the city are the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which sits on Mount Benacantil, high above the city, and the Port of Alicante. The tower at the top is the oldest part of the castle.
The promenade Explanada de España, lined by palm trees, is paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles creating a wavy form and is one of the loveliest promenades in Spain. It extends from the Port of Alicante to the Gran Vía and ends at the famous statue of Mark Hersch.
Barrio de la Santa Cruz is a colorful quarter of the old city, situated on the southwest of the Castle of Santa Bárbara.
L'Ereta Park is situated on the foothills of Mount Benacantil, on the way to the castle. It runs from the Castle of Santa Bárbara to the old part of Alicante and has several levels, routes, decks and rest stops, which offer a panoramic view overlooking the city.
Basilica of Santa María, built in Gothic style; features include a high altar, in Rococo style, and the portal, in Baroque style.
Co-cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari, also built over a mosque, is the main church of Alicante and houses the bishop's seat.
Castillo de San Fernando is the smaller one of the two Alicante castles. The castle is a popular spot for relaxation, sightseeing and leisure.
Alicante has an arid Mediterranean climate that features hot summers and mild winters. October is still quite warm and pleasant; the average temperature is around 68°F (20°C), with highs in the mid-70s (24°C). The meeting encourages business casual attire. Meeting rooms are well air-conditioned, and the inside temperature might be slightly warmer or cooler than you find comfortable. Therefore, it is suggested that you dress in layers.
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