Alicante / Spain
Alicante, the province capital and university-city, is located at the northern coast of Spain. With its 280,000 residents it is also the most beautiful coastal city in Spain. Due to its many beaches, the clean, clear ocean and the various shops, it is an attraction in Spain. The city, which is located in a nature port, was already populated by Greeks and Romans. The angled old town of Alicante reaches up to the so called castle-rock "Mont Benancantil", on top of which rises the Castillo de Santa Barbara, completed in the 16th century.
Among the most interesting buildings are the Baroque town hall, a Baroque masterpiece from the 18th century. In the sumptuous innner rooms are the gigantic triptych Gastón Castelló, an allegorical representation of the construction of this building and the Blue Salon with a side chapel.
The Casa de la Asegurada (17th century) with an art collection put together by the painter Eusebio Sempere with works from the 20th century (including paintings by Dalí, Miró and Picasso).
At the Tossal de Manises, the city walls from the 3rd to the 2nd century. BC. There the remains of sidewalks, residences and baths can be visited.
The San Nicolas Cathedral, classified somewhere between the late Renaissance and early Baroque was built between 1616 and 1662. The cathedral inside is huge and has a 45-m-high dome.
The monastery of Santa Faz from the16th century, can be seen with a beautiful Baroque portal and a hexagonal chamber inside where you can see paintings by Juan Conchillo and the reliquary shrine of Santa Faz.
The church of Santa María is a particularly beautiful Gothic-Baroque building from the 14/15 th century and the oldest church in town.