Alicante looks to the south dominated by the Castle of Santa Barbara. This constitutes the birthplace of the city from the Muslim era. Since that time, it was understood that the natural prominence of Mount Benacantil, on which the Castle of Santa Barbara sits was the perfect settlement of the urban core.
The Castle of Santa Barbara represents the most characteristic picture of the city, with its great location that is visible from across the city, its three campuses, panoramic views and a past full of historical references.
Bonfires of St. John
The most important celebrations of Alicante take place during the Bonfires of St. John. This festivity commemorates the arrival of the summer solstice by burning in more than 200 fires cardboard monuments that make reference to relevant events and characters of the year with key messages clearly satirical.
At the Bonfires of St. John, not only cardboard monuments are burned. Fireworks, parades, processions, flowering offerings, and other activities fill with color the city of Alicante. When? From 20th until the 24th of June
Gardens and parks in Alicante
Beyond the hustle of being the capital of a province, Alicante surprises for the urban areas it has to offer. The city has an offer of parks and gardens composed, among others, by the Canalejas Park, the Ereta, the Esplanade of Spain, the Quijano Pantheon or the Palmeral. These constitute grateful attractions for both residents and visitors of Alicante and suggest different activities.
The city of Alicante offers in its parks a place to rest, in small ecosystems where calm, serenity and natural curiosity coexist.
Moors and Christians
Alicante and its province portray each year its historical tradition of the Moors and Christians celebration, which recreates the memory of the conquest of a land inhabited by Moors and later by Christians.
The festivity of Moors and Christians is a popular event that has continued almost throughout the calendar. Some of the best known are those of Elda (first weekend in June), Alcoy (from 22nd until the 24th of April), Banyeres de Mariola (from 22nd until the 25th of April), Ibi (one week from the first Wednesday of September) and Orihuela (Friday before July 17th until the following Sunday).