How much does it cost to travel to Alicante?
You should plan to spend around $137 (€127) per day on your vacation in Alicante. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.
Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:
- $77 (€72) on meals
- $91 (€85) on hotels
A one week trip to Alicante for two people costs, on average, $1,918 (€1,780). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.
All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.
Traveling Independently to Alicante has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.
All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.
Is Alicante expensive to visit?
Prices in Alicante are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.
Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Alicante is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cordoba or Toulouse.
For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Alicante Expensive?
How much money do I need for a trip to Alicante?
The average Alicante trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Alicante travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.
Accommodation Budget in Alicante
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Alicante is $46 (€42). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Alicante is $91 (€85). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.
Looking for a hotel in Alicante? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.
Food Budget in Alicante
Calculated from travelers like you
While meal prices in Alicante can vary, the average cost of food in Alicante is $77 (€72) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Alicante should cost around $31 (€29) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Alicante is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Entertainment Budget in Alicante
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Entertainment and activities in Alicante typically cost an average of $57 (€53) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Typical prices for Entertainment in Alicante are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Alicante, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.
Alicante On a Budget
Alicante, Valencia, Spain
Alicante is a gorgeous coastal city in the Costa Blanca region, on the east coast of Spain. The region is famous for its white sandy beaches, the party-haven of Benidorm and the stunning palm tree-lined boulevard in the city of Alicante. I have been visiting Alicante for close to 20 years, so, it has become almost a second home to me. Here are my top tips to have the best vacation in Alicante.
In the city of Alicante, a must-see is the spectacular Castillo de Santa Barbara
perched high above the city with awesome views of the city below. Admission to the Castillo is free. If you chose to walk to the Castillo from the city you will likely come across the quirky and colorful neighborhood of El Barrio de Santa Cruz
. Make sure to take some photos here, and perhaps return in the evening for some pre-dinner drinks in the tavernas in the area.
Speaking of photogenic spots - the famed Explanada de Espana, the mosaic-tiled, palm tree-lined promenade is very popular with 'snap happy' tourists. There are a lot of cafeterias and restaurants lining the promenade, my tip is to search for one with locals hanging outside or within - these usually serve the most authentic tapas.
To escape the mid-day heat, why not step inside the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art. Only re-opened in 2011 after a major renovation, the museum exhibits both contemporary and 20th century art. The museum is located in the Asegurada building, which is in fact the oldest civil building in the city.
One of the nicest beaches within the city is Playa del Postiguet a small golden sand beach next to the old town. From this beach you can even see the Castillo de Santa Barbara. Playa del Postiguet can get pretty busy with locals, so, I recommend visiting before mid-day or after 4pm to avoid over-crowding.
Alicante is also in a pefect location to escape into the countryside. For more info, check out this guide to the best day trips from Alicante
Food and Dining
Alicante could certainly be described as a city for foodies with fresh seafood paella and Iberico meat platters being the most popular and recommended meals in this city. Below are some of the best restaurants in the city:
El Mercato Central - a huge covered market in the Alfonso el Sabio area of the city. Selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fish and meat from the region. If you have a self-catering apartment or airbnb, El Mercato is the best place to get your food supplies. It's also an ideal place to interact with the locals.
Restaurante La Ereta
- if you're looking to splurge on fine dining with a fabulous view then, I highly recommend La Ereta, This restaurant enjoys a view of El Castillo, the dishes here are creative with a local twist.
D'Tablas Alicante - a fun environment, here waiters bring large plates of tapas to your table every couple of minutes. You pick which plates take your fancy and then pay at the end. A cheap option very popular with locals.
Restaurante Casa Pepe
- again, very popular with locals the food here is fresh with most ingredients purchased at El Mercato that day. You definitely need to book this one in advance.
Alicante is very popular with European tourists due to the cheap flights on offer here from budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet. Alicante International Airport is just 20 minutes from the city and the route is serviced by the C-6 bus which costs just €3.85.
A lot of visitors to Alicante chose to rent a car from the airport upon arrival. If you are comfortable driving on the right side of the road, then, I highly recommend driving in Alicante. The rental car prices are competitive (compare prices here
) and a car offers you the freedom to explore the area's many hidden coves and some of the smaller towns in the region.
If you decide not to rent a car, luckily, the city is very easy to walk around given that it is quite compact. There are also quite a lot of shaded streets to escape from the hot Spanish sun.
Alicante is a fantastic city with plenty to see and do - there's gorgeous beaches, historic sites and great restaurants. Conveniently, it is easily and cheaply accessible from most major airports in Europe. I hope I've given you some inspiration for your vacation to Alicante and Spain
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