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Alicante Old Town, streets leading to the Cathedral

 Europe, Spain, Alicante

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Alacant or Alicante is a city in Spain, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of the Alacantí, in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 334,757, estimated as of 2009 ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, Alicante conurbation was populated by 458,843 residents. Population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 795,034 as of 2009[update] estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Amongst the most notable features of the city are the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which sits high above the city, and the port of Alicante, which was the subject of bitter controversy in 2006-2007 as residents battled to keep it from being changed into an industrial estate.

The Santa Bárbara castle is situated on Mount Benacantil, overlooking the city. The promenade Explanada de España lined by palm trees consists of 6.5 million marble stones and is one of the most lovely promenades in Spain. For the people of Alicante it is the meeting point in the evenings and a place where many concerts take place. At the end of the promenade there is a Monument of the artist Mark Hersch, who still lives in Alicante. The main church of Alicante and the bishop seat is Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari, which originates from the XVII century.

El Palmeral Park is one of favored parks of Alicante. It includes walking trails, children's playgrounds, lakes and brooks, picnic tables and an auditorium for concerts. El Ereta Park is located on Mount Benacantil. It runs from the Santa Bárbara castle down to the old part of Alicante.

Just a few kilometers from Alicante, on the Mediterranean Sea, lays Tabarca island. What was once a slip angle for pirates, is now a beautiful tourist attraction.

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