There are many interesting facets of Alicante and many great places to see from your VILLAS IN ALICANTE break. The Ayuntamiento, more commonly known to the British as the Town Hall, was finished in 1760 and is designed like so many other Alicante monuments in the Baroque style. If you go inside you can wander around; it is open to the tourists as much as to the local residents. On the lower step of the stairway that sweeps up to the next floor is a small metal disc; the disc indicates the level of the sea water, or more appropriately the National Sea Level and it is in fact the mean sea level for the whole country.
The old fish market Lonja de Pescado is now an exhibition centre, with three large halls for different exhibitions. The building was originally built between 1917 and 1921 and the 1,992 square metre space is used exclusively for such diverse art forms and exhibits from history through to art. The Museo Taurino is the bull fighting museum dedicated to the local heroes: old Spain’s answer to the football heroes of today. There along with the few heads of defeated Bulls are the magnificent costumes worn by the famous matadors and their equipment, capes and swords.
So few people mention the Castillo de San Fernando, which is on top of Tossal Hill. The castle was never completed; the Alicante people commenced construction shortly before the arrival of the French Army in 1813. The castle is mainly used for diverse sports and leisure activities. The castle was barely used and laid derelict for many years before it was finally restored and the area turned into a park zone.
The Concatedral de San Nicolas de Bari, which is easily found in the Plaza Abad Penalva, is a fine example of the Baroque design style with the elegant features it displays. The church was constructed in 1662 reflecting the rich people of Alicante and has many chapels inside. Like many churches in Spain it was built over the ruins of a Mosque during the reconquest of Spain; whenever a town was defeated the original mosque and forts would be rebuilt usually with the same use made of the previous occupant. Take note of the huge wooden doors and the intricate patterns.
Another Mosque that was taken over by the Iglesia de Santa Maria a 16th century church with a Gothic interior but still maintaining Baroque features from the time. Enjoy your visit to this beautiful town while in your VILLAS IN ALICANTE and make sure to visit some of the above landmarks as you will not be disappointed…