The fiesta starts right here, at Alicante airport. The bright, buzzing and welcoming Spanish city has been attracting tourists in their droves for decades, so pick up your hire care at Alicante for beaches, handsome towns and mountains galore. Book car hire Alicante airport
Why hire a car at Alicante airport?
There are few finer ways to experience a glorious coastal road than cruising along it in a car. And with 120 miles of Costa Blanca coastline to enjoy, it's time to start your engine, wind down the windows and begin your sun-soaked journey. Drive to the fun-packed resorts of Torrevieja and Benidorm to complete your Alicante odyssey.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Alicante airport?
Take the N-332 out of the airport and, if you're heading for Alicante, try to avoid rush hour - traffic congestion can have a big impact on what should be a 15-minute journey. Prepare for horn beeping, toll roads, traffic lights and the odd spot of undertaking on dual carriageways.
Helpfully positioned next to the exit door of the arrivals hall, while cars are parked just a three-minute walk from the arrivals building.
Offer your friends at home something a little different and pick up a bottle of horchata de chufas. Originally introduced by the Moors, it is a sweetly refreshing concoction made with tiger nuts, water and sugar.
Yes, the airport has several cashpoints as well as a bureau de change if you've brought sterling with you. There's also a post office in the terminal building.
Plantaciones and Autoservicio Mediterráneo serve up tasty, good value regional Spanish dishes. If you fancy scooping up a decadent dessert, head to the Häagen-Dazs café.
Still not booked a hotel? Or looking for somewhere for that perfect first-night dinner? For inspiration and advice, head to the Valencia Tourism Agency, tucked away on the terminal's lower floor.
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Mile upon mile of sandy beaches, glorious weather, gently lapping waves and a plethora of restaurants, shops and bars, it's no wonder the Costa Blanca is a haven for holidaymakers, with Benidorm in particular enticing sun-seekers year after year. Look a little beyond the shoreline and you'll discover some unexpected, more peaceful surprises, including a castle at Guadalest and Fuentes de Algar natural park.
Not many cities can claim ownership of a beach and El Postiguet is definitely worth checking out. Once you've caught enough rays, head to the Old Quarter to enjoy bustling street markets, boutiques and museums, before finishing your day with a fine selection of tapas in one of Alicante's lovely restaurants.
Situated in the northwest of the Alicante province, these rugged limestone mountains feel like a world away from the coastline. If your legs and lungs are willing, tackle the 1,558-metre high Sierra Aitana. From this imposing ridge you can see as far as Ibiza on a clear day.
Gorgeous whitewash houses and a maze of lanes make the town of Altea a wonderful and refreshing change from the urban beach scene. Mostly untouched by development and authentic to the core, this place will stop you in your tracks.