Moving to Alicante: The unrivalled guide

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One of the most popular destinations on the Costa Blanca for visitors and expats, the city of Alicante has plenty to offer from its old town, nightlife, history, culture and sunny weather to its beautiful beaches, local amenities and abundance of high-end restaurants to choose from.

With its warm climate, charming and colourful old town still full of Spanish culture, sparkling coastline, buzzing nightlife and no shortage of places to eat, the city of Alicante has become one of the most sought-after areas for travellers and expats wanting to move to Spain.

So, you are thinking of moving to Alicante, but where do you go for all that essential information on the types of property on offer, the best schools and the most popular restaurants?

To make moving to Alicante a bit easier, the Euro Weekly News has put together this handy guide to everything you need to know before heading over.

Contents

  • Where is Alicante?
  • Estate agents in Alicante
  • Essential services in Alicante
  • Removals and Storage for moving to Alicante
  • Things to do in Alicante
  • Best restaurants in Alicante
  • Schools in Alicante
  • Healthcare in Alicante
  • Contact information

Where is Alicante?

Alicante is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community on the Costa Blanca. It is the capital of the province of Alicante and a historic Mediterranean port.

The nearest major airport is Alicante Airport (ALC / LEAL). This airport has international and domestic flights and is just nine miles from the centre of Alicante.

Another major airport is Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV / LELC), which has international and domestic flights from Murcia and is 61 miles from Alicante.


Estate agents in Alicante

Our recommendation

Marmax Realty

The multilingual team at Marmax Realty, Alicante, are well versed and experienced in what clients need and want when buying or renting property. Having gone through the experience of buying their own home in Spain as foreigners, the team understands all of the problems and issues that can arise – and this is the reason owner Maria Rolando created the business.
They understand that moving to a new country with a different language and regulations can be a stress-inducing time, but Marmax Realty strives to make the experience as straightforward and easy as possible.

With a clear view of starting a real estate company that offers honest, transparent and experienced advice to mainly international clients, Marmax Realty focuses on gaining client’s trust so that they can find their perfect home on the Costa Blanca. The real estate agents at Marmax Realty will guide you through the whole buying journey and accompany you every step of the way.

The team works with their own trusted lawyers, who speak 11 languages including English, French, Dutch and Chinese, and will assist you with all of the documents and paperwork required. You will have the peace of mind that the property you purchase will adhere to all of the necessary regulations and that Marmax Realty deal with only the highest-quality properties on the market.

Whether you are looking for a luxury villa with stunning views, a modern apartment with a large terrace, a historic finca that has been remodelled to the highest standards or a beautiful beach-line property near the best golf clubs, Marmax Realty will find the right home for you at the right price.

Marmax Realty can also assist you with the process of obtaining your non-lucrative or golden visa, making the move easier for you.

Aiming to get back to you within 24 hours of your contact, get in touch with Marmax Realty to find your dream home in the sun!

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Address: Calle Bazan, 7, Bajo 2, 03001, Alicante

Telephone: +34 674 447 170 or +34 657 900 728

Email: [email protected]

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Essential services in Alicante

Our recommendation

Pompas Funebres Samper

Organising a funeral is one of the most stressful and upsetting times for many of us, with so much to think about from the ceremony to transport, paperwork to financial responsibilities – this fact is even more difficult when you are in a foreign country – that’s why Pompas Funebres Samper are here to help make the process a bit easier, including international transportation for expats.

Pompas Funebres Samper in Alicante is the third generation of an independent family funeral service business that has been helping families from many different nationalities get through the process of saying goodbye to a loved one since 1950.

Samper will deal with all of the necessary paperwork and permits, transport, burials and the cremation. They also offer international transport, handling the paperwork required by the courts, medical authorities and consulates for transporting the coffin or urn from Spain to any foreign country.

As a family-run business, Samper will make you feel at ease whilst helping you with the difficult decisions. Their warmth and empathy makes them a benchmark in the field, with many years of experience giving them a high-level of professionalism.

The caring team at Pompas Funebres Samper will adapt the service to your personal needs and traditions and, although the mortuary is located in Pilar de la Horadada, they can travel to the church or cemetery chosen by the family to hold the funeral service. The families will have the requested time for the organisation of the funeral service and there will be no pressure on timings.

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Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am until 2pm

Address: Calvo Sotelo, 10, Pilar de la Horadada (Alicante), 03190

Telephone: 0034 965 35 19 45

24-hour line: 649 81 53 29

Email: [email protected]

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Removals and Storage for moving to Alicante

Our recommendation

Masterclass Removals and Storage

Putting your trust in a removals company while you are in the process of moving locations can be a stressful task, with paperwork, time constraints and the packing of your worldly goods to contend with. But we have the solution for you!

Masterclass Removals and Storage is a British family-run business based in Benissa, on the Costa Blanca, which prides itself on being professional and reliable with their door-to-door removals and storage services, promising tailored solutions for all of your needs.

They have their own staff and vehicles, meaning you can have the peace of mind that your belongings are in safe hands at all times – whether they are storing them for you or assisting you in your move to your new home.

From your initial enquiry and quote, right through to the moving of your goods, you will receive a personal, straightforward and friendly service from the team.

Masterclass Removals and Storage also has in-depth knowledge and experience of the recently implemented Brexit rules and regulations. They will help you with all of the paperwork required for customs clearance, offering you the best price while reducing the stress so that you can enjoy the journey of moving to your new home!

All of your goods will be fully insured, and their flexible approach means the team will work to your requirements to ensure collection and delivery is a straightforward process. They offer various levels of removal services, from Spain to the UK and through France and, depending on the packaging you need, can provide boxes and material as well as packing services to ensure any fragile and high-value possessions are stored safely.

With thousands of satisfied customers now enjoying their new life with the help of Masterclass Removals and Storage, get in touch with the team to find a solution for you!

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Telephone: +34 965 734 162 or +34 607 338 253

Email: [email protected]

Address: Parcela 1d, Calle Isaac Peral, Pol. Ind. La Pedrera, 03720 Beninssa, Alicante

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Things to do in Alicante

 

1. Discover the old town of Alicante or ‘El Barrio’

The old town of Alicante is sprawled on the hillside beneath the castle, where you can discover the colourful meandering streets between high whitewashed walls. Take a walk along the streets and admire the Spanish culture while stopping off for a cerveza and some tapas in the sun!

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2. Play golf under the Mediterranean sun

The Costa Blanca has an abundance of golf courses, so, for those who love the game, this area is a golfers paradise! There are 15 within the province, all at reasonable driving distance from Alicante city – discover them all when you move to Spain!

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3. Take in the panoramic views from the Castle of Santa Barbara

Looming over Alicante, the castle of Santa Barbara is a fortress with medieval Arab origins and amazing panoramic views of Alicante from the top (you can also get the lift to the top if you don´t fancy the hike!)

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4. Soak up the sun on Postiguet Beach

Located next to the old town, this pristine beach is perfect for a day relaxing and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Or, you could get adventurous and try out scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding or sailing. You can also venture out and discover some of the other beautiful beaches that boast amazing coves, turquoise waters and blissful bays.

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5. Explore the Basilica of Santa Maria

Close to Postiguet Beach is the Basilica of Santa Maria, a former mosque that was turned into a church, and is the oldest and prettiest in the city. This is the oldest active church in Alicante and dates back to the 14th Century. Currently, the church attracts visitors throughout the year, both those who attend daily Mass or on Sundays or visitors who come there to admire its architecture, reflected in the cavernous nave. 

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6. Stroll along the Explanada de España

The Explanada de España is one of the emblems of the city of Alicante and runs parallel to one of the docks in the port. It is bordered on each side by rows of palm trees and the floor is decorated with an incredible 6,600,000 tricolor marble tiles that form a mosaic with a characteristic design that imitates the waves of the sea. During the summer season, it hosts the Alicante Crafts Fair where you can buy typical products (sweets and nougats), leather crafts, crystal crafts, clothing and everything you can imagine. 

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7. Discover the origins of Alicante in the Archaeological Museum

This museum full of history was crowned the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. This amazing museum holds lots of interesting events and exhibitions and is a great day out for all ages.

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8. Pick up some incredible local produce at the Mercado Central

Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat or typical jamon, head down to Mercado Central and do some haggling! The rear facade is located in Plaça 25 de Maig and gained its name in honour of the more than 300 victims of the bombardment suffered by the Central Market during the Spanish Civil War, on May 25, 1938.

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9. Admire the works at the Contemporary Art Museum

Only a third of the works at this museum can be displayed at any time and the display is rotated throughout the year, so no two visits will be the same. It´s worth checking out what exhibitions and events they have running before planning your trip, you might be able to get involved in one of their workshops!

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10. Relax and watch the world go by at Alicante Marina

A great place to people-watch, head to Alicante Marine and admire the beautiful yachts moored up and watch the world go by while enjoying a drink or bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and bars. The port also has a casino and shops and is used as a venue for concerts, events and activities throughout the year, as well as the starting point for the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race regatta for future editions.

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Best restaurants in Alicante City

 

1. Ñora y Aji

This restaurant comes highly recommended for Spanish, Mediterranean and Latin cuisine. Although it may be a little off the beaten track, it is definitely worth making the trip for the exceptional food and wide variety of great quality wines.

Open: 1pm until 6pm on weekends, 1:30 pm until 5pm on weekdays

Address: Darsena Pesquera, Local 10, 03008 Alicante

Book: 623 19 65 60

Price: €€-€€€

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2. Steki Restaurante

This Michelin star restaurant serves beautifully presented Mediterranean and Greek fusion cuisine. With one of the owners from Greece and the other from Mexico, they decided to open a restaurant that is a ´meeting point´for Greek, Mexican and Mediterranean products – what more could you want!

Open: 1:30pm until 3pm and 8pm until 10pm on weekends, 8pm until 10pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays

Address: Calle Argensola, 8, 03002 Alicante

Book: 966 39 81 54

Price: €€-€€€

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3. Tepuy Burger

If you’re a fan of burgers, Tepuy Burger serves juicy patties and a range of fresh toppings to stack. But it doesn´t stop at burgers, try their crispy empanadas, fluffy truffle potatoes, loaded fries with bacon and cheese, sticky chicken wings or their huge portion of nachos – complete with guacamole, beef, pickles, sour cream and cheese.

Open: 1:30pm until 4pm and 8pm until 11pm

Address: Calle de Bazan No 47, 03001 Alicante

Book: 670 11 34 35

Price: €€-€€€

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4. Falafelmania Restaurante Vegetariano y Vegano Oriental

A gastronomic experience, in this Lebanese restaurant you will find incredible veggie and vegan tapas as well as highly recommended oriental teas and baklava!

Open: 12pm until 4:30pm and 6:30pm until 11pm, 12pm until 4:30pm on Sundays

Address: Calle Peru 13 Local 2E, 03008 Alicante

Book: 966 08 07 39

Price:

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Image – Falafelmania Restaurante Vegetariano y Vegano Oriental

5. Ciao Miami

Using only the freshest ingredients, Italian restaurant Ciao Miami has been a family business for 60 years and also offers vegan, veggie and gluten-free options. If classic Italian pizza and pasta is what you´re craving, you´ll find just that at this restaurant.

Open: 11am until 1am

Address: Paseo Explanada de Espana 7, 03001 Alicante

Book: 965 20 74 01

Price: €€-€€€

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6. Restaurante Darsena

Located on the beautiful marina in Alicante, Restaurante Darsena serves amazing Mediterranean, seafood and Spanish dishes with a stunning view of the harbour.

Open: 1pm until 4pm and 8pm until 11pm, 1pm until 4pm on Sundays

Address: Lg Muelle Levante 6 Marina Deportiva, 03002 Alicante

Book: 965 20 73 99

Price: €€€€

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7. Restaurante la Brujula

Due to its nautical location, they serve up some of the best fish dishes in the area and a particularly good paella, as well as vegan, veggie and gluten-free options.

Open: 11am until 12am

Address: Lg Muelle Levante 6. Marina Deportiva Puerto de Alicante, 03002 Alicante

Book: 965 20 20 93

Price: €€-€€€

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8. La Crispeta

This restaurant, located in the charming old town of Alicante, specialises in traditional Spanish dishes, including octopus and spiced chorizo, and decadent homemade desserts.

Open: 12pm until 4:30pm and 7pm until 11:30pm

Address: Calle de Jorge Juan 6, 03002 Alicante

Book: 637 87 97 03

Price:

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9. Restaurante Espacio Montoro

An absolutely stunning and unique restaurant in Alicante, Restaurante Espacio Montoro serves up healthy Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and attentive service.

Open: 8pm until 12am on Thursdays, 1:30pm until 5:30pm and 8pm until 12am on Saturdays and Sundays

Address: Av. Albufereta, 13, 03016 Alicante

Book: 966 04 43 65

Price: €€€€

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Image – Restaurante Espacio Montoro

10. Tapas Alicante

You can’t go to Spain without trying some tapas! This tapas restaurant offers particularly tasty small plates with a wonderful ambience to enjoy your food.

Open: 12:30pm until 12am

Address: Calle Periodista Pirula Arderius 3, 03001 Alicante

Book: 965 14 50 95

Price: €€-€€€

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Schools in Alicante

When moving to a new location, making sure there are some great schools is essential, and Alicante has some impressive international and local schools to choose from.

King’s College, The British School Of Alicante is a highly respected school teaching pupils from the age of three years old until the age of 18. For European schools, The European School of Alicante is one of thirteen European Schools and the only one in Spain.

Montessori Kindergarten Mar de Estrellas teaches a comprehensive education in English in mixed-age classes from three years old.

 


Healthcare in Alicante

Having access to quality healthcare is vital when moving to a new home and Alicante has an impressive public health service as well as private healthcare options.

Hospitals

General University Hospital of Alicantet

This public hospital is open 24 hours for emergencies and offers English-speaking doctors.

Address: Pintor Baeza, 11, 03010 Alicante

Contact: 965 93 30 00 or click here

 

Clinica HLA Vistahermosa

Clinica HLA Vistahermosa has a 24-hour emergency service and is the best private hospital in Alicante.

Address: Avinguda de Denia, 103, 03015 Alacant

Contact: 966 70 93 12 or click here

 

Doctors

Centre de Salut Cap de l’Horta

This public medical centre treats those entitled to public healthcare in Spain and is integrated into the Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Address: C. Arpon, 11, 03540 Alicante

Contact: 965 91 83 10 or click here

 

Dentists

Clinica Dental Churruca

Clinica Dental Churraca has a professional team of dentists who can see to all of your oral health needs.

Address: C. Churruca, 30, 03003 Alicante

Contact: 965 92 81 96

 


Important contacts

Moving somewhere new is exciting but it’s important to know the contact information for the emergency services.

That´s why we have included information on important contacts when moving to Alicante.

Emergency services, including health, fire and police: 112

National police: 091

Local police: 092

For more about moving to Spain, look at the Euro Weekly News´ guide to moving to the Costa Blanca


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