If foreign trade was the backbone of the local economy in the past, then tourism undoubtedly fills that position nowadays, as a result of all the factors mentioned above. However, despite the number of foreign visitors and inhabitants (15% of the city’s population is non-Spanish), the city retains an essentially Spanish flavour which is still attractive to all kinds of visitor. The new tram network and the local train and bus lines connect residential areas with museums, theatres, the prestigious university and the city centre, and there is always a busy programme of cultural events and festivals going on, at venues including the Teatro Principal, the ADDA and Centro Cigarreras ( see subject heading what's on)
Those living or holidaying close by rightly view Alicante airport ( El Altet), Spain’s fifth busiest, as a gateway to the whole of the Costa Blanca, but anyone thinking that the city itself is not worth a visit would be making a very big mistake indeed!
Where is Alicante City?
Click for map, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana
Images: Fuente Patronato de Turismo de la Costa Blanca y Agència Valenciana del Turisme