Alicante is a little town on the Mediterranean coast where the dry, rocky desert meets the Mediterranean Sea. According to the internet, this area of Spain has been inhabited for more than 7000 years. Right on the edge of the town is a 554 foot mountain that dominates the landscape of Alicante. On top of this mountain sits the Santa Bárbara Castle, a fortress that dates back to the 9th century. Thankfully, there is an elevator to the top, but we did take a walk along the fortress wall to get down.
Along with the castle, we also explored a couple of art museums – one contemporary and one that contained mainly works by Spanish artists. I have to say that I really don’t understand contemporary art. Some of the paintings looked like the artwork my kids brought home in kindergarten. In the contemporary museum, there might have been one piece I thought was interesting, but the rest I just didn’t get. I wish I could have taken a few pictures so someone out there could help me understand.
The Concatedral de San Nicolás (cathedral) was another short stop. The building looked totally nondescript from the outside, but was beautiful inside.
We stopped by the Central Market in Alicante, but found that it was really a market for food. The upper floor housed vendors selling all kinds of meat. The lower floor focused on fish, fruits, and vegetables. Not quite the market we were expecting, but an interesting place to visit nonetheless.
Our other stops in Alicante centered mainly around food… tapas, pizza, pasta, ice cream… mmmm!
View down a side street.
Port of Alicante from Santa Barbara Castle.
Ray caught messing around.
Walk down the castle wall.
Lisa and Ty on castle wall.