Monasterio de la Santa Faz – Monastery of the Holy Visage

Monasterio de la Santa Faz – Monastery of the Holy Visage

July 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This is now a nunnery of the order of St Clare located in a nearby town at 5km from the city centre. It dates from the early 16th century although the church in its current style was built between 1752 and 1766.

Provincial Archaeology Museum

Provincial Archaeology Museum

June 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This museum was created in 1932, located in the basement of what was then called the Provincial Council building. It first contained findings from archaeological sites in Torremanzanas, El Campello and Alicante. It is currently located in the ancient hospital of San Juan de Dios, and became known, both for its layout and content, as […]

Concathedral of Saint Nicholas of Bari

Concathedral of Saint Nicholas of Bari

May 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The outside of this cathedral looks highly restrained and can be stylistically placed within the framework of the later Renaissance and the early non-ornamented baroque styles. Built between 1616 and 1662 following plans by Agustín Bernardino, a disciple of Herrera, it still preserves traces of the cloister dating from the 15th century, showing a smaller […]

Iglesia de Santa María – St Mary’s Church

Iglesia de Santa María – St Mary’s Church

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is the oldest church in the city and was built in the Gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries over the ruins of what was once the main mosque during the Moorish domination. The solid-looking towers flanking the façade are similar in appearance, but are in fact different in that the right tower […]

Alicante Old Quarter

Alicante Old Quarter

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Now it is time to get acquainted with the older part of Alicante, the part of the city that really inspires visitors because of its traditions and heritage, far removed from the modern, dynamic area looking out to the sea.

The Ibero-Roman City of Lucentum

The Ibero-Roman City of Lucentum

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s nothing like going back to the origins of a city to understand its present-day features, so a visit to the hill known as Tossal de Manises facing Albufereta Beach is a must, especially if you are interested in archaeology. Here, hemmed in by tall apartment buildings, are the remains of Lucentum, listed as a […]

Saint Barbara Castle

Saint Barbara Castle

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s situated on the top of Benacantil Mountain. The fortress was built during the Arab period because of its strategic and defensive advantages. This monument has been a witness to all the happenings of the city.

Ayuntamiento – City Hall

Ayuntamiento – City Hall

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a marvellous example of baroque civic architecture designed towards the end of the 17th century and started in 1701 according to plans by Lorenzo Chápuli, with work continuing until 1780. The façade is 50m long and is flanked by two twin towers of original design with tiled central domes erected over a portico […]