About the Alicante Province
Alicante is possibly one of the most famous regions of Spain. This is mainly due to the Costa Blanca, which has long been a very popular tourist destination. Once you scratch the surface, Alicante as a region, has so much more to offer than its traditional tourist trappings.
Alicante is a province in the Valencia region of Spain. It is located in the South East of the country. It shares its borders with the provinces of Murcia, Albacete and Valencia. UNESCO has declared the Palmeral of Elche in the south of the province a World Heritage Site because of its importance as a site that demonstrates the transplanting of cultures from one continent to another. The grove is an example of ancient Arabic farming practices and was designed and built when the Iberian Peninsula was under Arab occupation in around 400BC.
Alicante has the highest foreign population of all the provinces in Spain. Second home ownership there by foreign nationals as well as Spaniards is high. However, over the last ten years there has been an increase in the amount of permanent migration to the region. This ranges from Northern Europeans together with Spanish nationals migrating for economic purposes or retirement as well as an influx from other Spanish speaking nations across the globe such as Columbia, Ecuador and Argentina.
There are three metropolitan areas in the Alicante region; Alicante-Elche; Elda-Petrer; and Benidorm.
The Province has a very strong economy due to the diversity of terrain and the industries that they in turn can support. For example, the coastal areas support industries like tourism, fishing and wine making. Whereas the inland areas support a more diverse range such as textiles, intensive agriculture, toy making, wine making and marble quarrying.
For the most part Alicante has a Mediterranean climate with long hot dry summers and winters that are mild. The region has very low rainfall at about 300mm per year. Most of the rain falls in the spring and autumn.
The only exception to this is the more elevated regions that have a more temperate climate with slightly more rainfall (500mm) per year and even some snow during the cooler winter months.
By Car - Alicante is easily accessible by car and is served by major routes from Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona.
By Rail - A high-speed rail network connects Alicante with the cities of Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona.
By Bus - Euroline and Alsa both service the Alicante region from many destinations right across Europe and the rest of Spain.
By Ferry - Alicante is only accessible by ferry from Algeria, Ibiza and Palma.
By Air - Six million passengers pass through Alicante El Altet International Airport every year. It is served by flights from the major carriers from the main European hubs London, Paris, Rome and Hamburg. Domestically there are flights weekly to and from Seville, Madrid and Barcelona.
|Population: approx. 1,917,012||Capital: Alicante|
|Spanish Residents: 76.4%||Area: 5,816.5 km2|
|Climate: Temperate/Mediterranean||Languages: Spanish; Velencian|