Alicante named the sunniest city in Europe

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Alicante has been named the sunniest city in Europe.


COSTA BLANCA’S Alicante has been named the sunniest city in Europe. The tourist hotspot beat the likes of Catania in Italy, Spain’s Valencia and Nice in France, according to recent data.

The data was collected by holiday rentals search engine Holidu, who used weather tracking website World Weather Online to work out the average number of sun hours per month in cities across Europe.

Alicante, which boosts the beautiful sandy Postiguet beach, gets an average of 349 hours of sun per month, according to the data collected, meaning Brits holidaying in Spain might want to head to the Costa Blanca coastline for their summer holiday getaway this year.

The Postiguet beach, which is located in the heart of Alicante city, at the foot of Santa Bárbara Castle and next to the famous Explanada promenade, stands out for the quality of its fine golden sand, perfectly placed palm trees and calm waters.

However, tourists do not have to fight over a space in the sand, as Alicante offers a lot more for those looking to enjoy the sunshine.

The Marina in Alicante, lined with cafes, pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops and even a casino, is a perfect place to visit, while the cute and quirky pathways of the Barrio de Santa Cruz in Alicante’s Old Town are filled with colourful houses of all shapes and sizes.

Interestingly, Spain claimed 6 places in the top 10, with Murcia, Las Palmas, Granada and Seville joining Alicante and Valencia as the sunniest places to visit in Europe.

Here is the full list:

  • Alicante, Spain – 349 hours of sun per month
  • Catania, Italy – 347 hours of sun per month
  • Murcia, Spain – 346 hours of sun per month
  • Messina, Italy – 345 hours of sun per month
  • Valencia, Spain – 343 hours of sun per month
  • Nice, France – 342 hours of sun per month
  • Las Palmas, Spain – 341 hours of sun per month
  • Granada, Spain – 341 hours of sun per month
  • Palermo, Italy – 340 hours of sun per month
  • Seville, Spain – 340 hours of sun per month

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Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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