Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche, or Alicante-Elche Airport, originally known as El Altet, is Spain’s sixth busiest airport based on the number of passengers. The airport has an asphalt/concrete-surfaced runway that is around 3,000 metres or 9,800 feet in length, and is the main airport for the Valencian Community, as well as the Region of Murcia. Serving Alicante, Elche, Valencia, and Murcia, the Alicante-Elche Airport is a base for Jet2.com, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, along with Vueling.
What to see & do
Alicante or Alacant, is a city and port situated in Spain. It is a historic Mediterranean port with a population of around 334,329 in 2011. The spots to be visited within Alicante include Castle of Santa Barbara, Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Tabarca Island, and Alicante’s old town. As one of the largest medieval fortresses in the country of Spain, Castle of Santa Barbara was built by Muslims in the ninth century and provides a spectacular view of the town and harbour. Archaeological Museum of Alicante, on the other hand, has around 80,000 unique pieces that have been found in local archaeological sites. The museum provides and shows education movies about the history of the area, in the Stone Age, Iberian and Roman eras, as well as the medieval times. Tabarca Island is a time capsule with no cars, chain stores or skyscrapers, and ATMs, to name a few. Another unique area to be explored is the old town, which refers to the rough triangular area that the Rambla de Méndez Núnez, the Explanada de Espanya, and Mount Benacantil, form. It is a tourist-friendly spot that has old and narrow streets, along with the town hall, cathedral, convent, and museums. Other destinations within Alicante include Castle of San Fernando, Asegurada Museum of Modern Art, Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, Port of Alicante, Mount Benacantil, Bonfires of Saint John, and Canelobre Caves, to name a few.
How to get around
When within old town, most areas are within walking distance. The city’s public transportation is mainly provided for by the buses and trams around the area. Most buses run from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. or 23:00, with the inclusion of night routes. When paying, be confident that the bus drivers are going to give change. Another option is Alicante’s rechargeable card, which can be used for up to ten rides, with the card available for purchase at the TAM office by Mercado Central. In addition to buses and trams, the city has taxis available that are regulated and can be inexpensive. Car rentals can also be an option when trying to get around Alicante, these can pick up passengers from the airport, and take travellers to various points within the city.
How to get there
The airport that serves Alicante, Elche, Valencia, and Murcia in Spain, is the Alicante-Elche Airport. As the sixth busiest airport in all of Spain, it has flights to and from destinations such as Dublin, Algiers, Oran, Berlin, Munich, Asturias, Madrid, London, Brussels, Belfast, Geneva, Exeter, Bilbao, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Birmingham, Vienna, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol, Beauvais, Oslo, Moscow, Stockholm, Charleroi, Cologne, Cardiff, Eindhoven, Algiers, Paris, Rome, and Reykyavik, to name a few, through airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air Algérie, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Belavia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Edelweiss Air, Flybe, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, Jet2.com, Jetairfly, JetXtra.com operated by BA Cityfly, Monarch Airlines, Niki, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Rossiya, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, S7 Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Transaero Airlines, Transavia.com, Vueling, Volotea, Wizz Air, and WOW air. The airport also has charter flights via BA Cityflyer, Orenair, Travel Service Airlines, VIM Airlines, to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Katowice, and Warsaw. Alicante-Elche Airport also has cargo services via DHL Aviation to Vitoria.