What to see in Alicante: what you can't miss


"The Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties, China. The warriors of Xi'an"

Get your free ticket to the exhibition with your AVE (high-speed), Larga Distancia (long distance) and Avlo ticket and for being a member of the Más Renfe programme

At the Temporary Exhibition Rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ), the International Exhibition "The Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties, China. The warriors of Xi'an" will remain until 28 January 2024. A series of 120 pieces, a World Heritage Site since 1987, which you can appreciate from all angles. Many of them are being exhibited for the first time outside China.

As a customer of the Más Renfe programme, you can obtain free tickets to the International Exhibition, presenting your individual and nominative ticket for AVE (high-speed), Larga Distancia (long distance) or AVLO ticket at the MARQ ticket offices with your Más Renfe loyalty card.

Tickets are for personal use and their resale is prohibited. Travel tickets that provide holders with the entitlement to free entry must be within the 10 days before or after the date of the visit to the Exhibition.

The provision of tickets will be conditional upon the availability of access given the exhibition's limited capacity.

50% off entry tickets to Terra Natura and Aqua Natura in Benidorm when showing your train ticket



Looking to do something a bit different? We make things easy for you! Get 50% off your ticket to Terra Natura and Aqua Natura when presenting your train ticket.

Throughout 2023, at Terra Natura and Aqua Natura, present your AVE (high-speed) or Larga Distancia (long distance) ticket (excluding Avlo) and enjoy 50% off the ticket price. All the fun for half the price! During the months of July and August, the discount at Aqua Natura will be limited to €10.

Visit Terra Natura in Benidorm and discover all about a zoo that undertakes educational and conservation work to protect the planet's biodiversity. Enjoy the recreation of the habitats on the supercontinent Pangaea, as well as the continents of America, Asia and Europe.

And if you also need to cool off, make sure not to miss Aqua Natura, a 40,000-sq. m. water park home to dizzying water slides and bathing areas for the whole family. 

Consult the information and conditions of this offer on the Terra Natura and Aqua Natura website.

Marvellous beaches, impressive monuments and striking museums are just some of the attractions of a city we encourage you to discover. A crossroads of different cultures that makes travellers feel at home. If you want to find out what to see in Alicante, then read on and fall in love with this city!

Alicante: Mediterranean beauty

Alicante is a welcoming city bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean and known for its great dynamism and warm, typically Mediterranean climate. The city is a clear example of what makes for a fantastic quality of life: good weather, great beaches and enviable gastronomy.

Discover its most emblematic spots and marvel at their history and beauty. Monuments and museums, beaches, parks and gardens, Santa Bárbara Castle, the Isle of Tabarca...

What not to miss in Alicante

There is a long list of things you can't miss in the city of Alicante:

  • Santa Barbara Castle. Home to one of the largest mediaeval fortresses in Spain, it offers a perfect view over the bay of Alicante.
  • Explanada de España. This promenade runs along the port, from the Puerta del Mar to Parque de Canalejas. It is one of the city's most popular thoroughfares.
  • Parque de Canalejas. One of the best known and visited spots in the city, known for its centenary rubber plants that provide shade throughout.
  • Plaza de la Santísima Faz. It is one of the most picturesque squares in the city. Backing on to the Town Hall, it is one of the gateways to the old town. The square is surrounded by large palm trees.
  • Parque El Palmeral. This park stands out for its lake and numerous waterfalls where you can hire small boats for a fun outing.
  • Co-cathedral of San Nicolás. This Herrerian renaissance church is located in the city centre.
  • Basílica de Santa María. This is the oldest church in the city and dates to the 14th century. It was built over the ruins of the largest Islamic mosque in Alicante. The single nave structure has no transept and houses side chapels between the buttresses.
  • Castillo de San Fernando. San Fernando Castle was built on Monte Tossal during the Peninsular War against the French in 1813.
  • Alicante Town Hall. This example of baroque civil architecture dates to the 18th century and was built over the former town hall.

Looking beyond Alicante

Although the city of Alicante is a perfect destination for a visit and for spending a few pleasant days, rounding off your experience by visiting the surroundings area is almost mandatory.

Long beaches, dream villages and nightlife destinations are just a few of the examples of what Alicante's surroundings have in store for you.

Unmissable beaches

Many tourists choose Alicante and its beaches as their holiday destination... and it comes as no surprise! Its coves and endless beaches are a haven of peace where you can rest and go for a swim.

With this in mind, at Renfe we have proposed a list of the best beaches in Alicante, so that all you have to worry about is having a good time!

Alicante province: a world waiting to be explored

The province of Alicante is home to a variety of options for you to really get to know new places on the Costa Blanca:

  • Benidorm: Tourism icon bar none, this city has multiple attractions that see it named year after year as one of the most popular destinations. great weather, endless beaches and an unrivalled nightlife. What more could you ask for?
  • Altea: A gem with unimaginable beauty. This town has an unmissable old quarter: make sure not to miss the church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo. Looking out from its different viewpoints is another of the most recommended activities in this unique setting.
  • Denia: Its small historic centre is worth a visit, where the castle and the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption are particularly impressive. Then, make sure to enjoy its beautiful beaches and coves.
  • Jávea: Another small coastal town that is definitely worth a visit. Highlights include the church of San Bartolomé or its town hall.
  • Calpe: Overlooked by the imposing Peñón de Ifach, Calpe is an authentic haven of peace and quiet, where visitors can enjoy its history, appreciating its fifteenth-century walls or the History and Archaeology Museum.

How to travel to Alicante with Renfe

In the mood for a dip? If you want to enjoy everything that Alicante has to offer, at Renfe we make things easy for you with our AVE and Larga Distancia (long distance high-speed) trains, meaning you can travel in the fastest, most comfortable and sustainable way.

Discover our routes to Alicante