The Castillo de Santa Barbara is practically reason enough to take a trip to Alicante, and a 'must-see' on any itinerary. Situated on top of Mount Benacantil, it is a large medieval fortress and an important landmark. The Castillo is open to visitors, who are rewarded with stunning views of the city, as well as displays featuring archaeological finds and statues of important figures in Spain’s history.
You’ll find El Palmeral Park on the outskirts of Alicante. It's a little further outside the city centre, but it’s well worth taking the time to visit. As its name suggests, towering palm trees are the main feature here, but there are hidden surprises. Tucked away behind the palms you’ll find secret gardens and even play areas for children, making this an ideal family day out.
Mundomar Maritime Park is another superb family attraction. If you or your children have even a passing interest in the natural world, then this may well be one of the highlights of your trip to Alicante. It holds an astonishing array of birds and animals, such as parakeets, owls, lemurs and sea lions. There are also opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the animals. Meet dolphins, interact with penguins and even swim with the sea lions.