Alicante – Elche International Airport Car Rental
Alicante – Elche International Airport is one of the biggest airports in Spain and one of the busiest by passenger traffic all over Europe. Just about 9 km both from Alicante and from Elche, it is privileged by all those who want to visit the Costa Blanca, its golden beaches and the typical villages.
With a new and technological terminal since 2001, Alicante – Elche International Airport has been equipped with facilities such as free Wi-Fi, duty-frees and shops, convention halls and VIP rooms, ATMs and assistance for the passengers with specific needs. The airport manages national flights coming from the main Spanish cities and international flights, above all from Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands and Italy.
The car rental at Alicante Airport will allow you to discover the beauty of the city and of its surroundings in complete freedom and with no time limit: it is enough to pick your rental car up at the airport, after having booked it on RentalUp. You have to drive along the road N-332 to reach Alicante city centre from the airport.
Alicante: points of interest
Alicante is part of the Valencian Community and is in a beautiful bay nestled between land and sea: the town preserves intact that hushed and quiet atmosphere that enchanted the poet Prévert.
A pride of Alicante is certainly represented by its beaches: from Cabo de la Huertas, loved by nudists, to Playa de San Juan, easily reachable with the car rental at Alicante Airport, and to the rocky beaches of Tabarca Island, off the coasts of Alcantara. This flat island, ancient pirate’s hideout, hosts in the fortified village the descendants of the Genoeses who fled from the Turkish island of Tabarka: among narrow alleyways, unspoiled coves and diving experiences, a tour of the island is unmissable during a vacation in Alicante.
Among the most frequented beaches there is Playa del Postiguet, which is right at the foot of the rock whose profile recalls human features (it is called, indeed, “Face of Moro”), above which the Castle of St. Barabara stands out; what is considered the largest medieval fortress in Spain dates back to 1300: the most ancient part is the Turret, the highest point of castle, while the newest one is the Revelin del Bon Repós.
You can take the lift directly at the beach of Postiguet to reach the castle of St. Barbara or you can get there by foot, crossing the pretty district Barrio de Santa Cruz.
A few steps from the baroque Town Hall, clearly visible with its two 35-metres-high towers, there is the XVIII-century Cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari, with the blue dome, the stunning Chapel of Holy Communion and a suggestive XV-century cloister.
Another church you must visit in Alicante is that of St. Mary, built on the ruins of a Mezquita between the XII and the XVI century: its beautiful Baroque façade where not only two asymmetric turrets, but also the portal decorated with the statue of the Virgin Mary stand out.
Alicante: art and culture
Alicante preserves on its territory a series of museums and places that accompany the visitor in the discovery of the history and the soul of the city.
Not far from the Church of St. Mary there is Casa de la Asegurada, a XVII-century building in Valencian Baroque style, today seat of the Museum of Contemporary Art: within this elegant exhibition space you can admire works by Dali, Chagall, Miro, Picasso and sculptures by Chillida and Eusebio Sempere.
Another museum you must visit in Alicante is that housed by the Castle of St. Barbara: the material preserved here is related to the sea, to the ancient jobs, to the explosion of a mine, when the country was in the middle of a war of succession and, lastly, to the sieges endured by Alicante over the centuries.
Part of the cultural heritage of Alicante is also in its traditional celebrations, such as the Festival of Bonfires, which is celebrated every year on 24 June to welcome the summer: on that evening Alicante is enlightened by dozens and dozens of bonfires, during a rite called cremá.
Thanks to the car rental service at Alicante Airport, you can reach Elche, about 28 km away. This town with an old town rich in Moresque traces, is a famous destination for the ecotourism thanks to the nature reserves of Clot de Galvany and El Hondo, considered a true ornithological shrine.
Elche is famous above all for the “Palmeral de Elche”, the largest palm grove all over Europe, where more than 500.000 palm trees, planted at the time of the Catageneses, are preserved. This place, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, was visited also by Empress Sisi in the far 1894 and a 200-years-old palm tree, in the beautiful “Huerto del Cura”, got right her name.
Visiting Elchein mid-August you can take part to a suggestive holy re-enactment of medieval origin, rigorously in Valencian language, staged only by boys and men.