, for example, or Marbella, which is a beach city. Well, there’s a beach, but the embankment is still the city’s main attraction, I think. And the city itself does not look like a resort or spa, but rather an average Spanish city.
The embankment and Explanada Boulevard are made up of mosaics (marble of various colors), to show a wave effect.
We saw a fortress on a rock -
The mount is called Benacantil, and the fortress-castle has the sonorous name "Santa Barbara". Castillo de Santa Bárbara is also a business card of the city of Alicante. The height of the cliff is 544 feet (166 m).
This fortress is one of the biggest in Spain. By its shape, the rock resembles a face, hence the name "the face of the Moor" (la cara del moro).
And currently, there’s a history museum located inside.
This “exotic” name wasn’t given in honor of the famous soap opera :) Prince Alfonso of Castile, the future King Alfonso X the Wise, conquered bastions from the attack of Arabs on December 4, 1248, the day of St. Barbara. Hence the name of the fortress ...
Here’s a little history of the city. There were the Greeks, the Phoenicians and the Romans who named the city Lucentum meaning the "City of light shine".
But the Moors came here in 711. In those days, the city name sounded like Al Lukant - hence the modern name of the city, Alicante. In 1246, the Moors were driven away, but the name, as you can see, remained.
We saw several monuments on our way.
During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, the Santa Barbara fortress served as a prison for captured republicans. The traces of their stay remained on the walls.
And we moved on.
There was a marina to the left of the quay.
The house of Carbonell is in the background.
The city is also nice because of the different styles of houses. It is evident that not all of them are modern, and that they had all been built in different years.
The embankment gives way to the park with huge trees, where you can find shade in the summer!
Some of the trees are so huge that the branches had to be supported...
There is plenty of greenery and benches around many monuments.
Somewhere herem near the steps of the building, there is a place where the sea level in the entire territory of Spain is measured.
The beach in Alicante.
Mount Tossal is on the opposite side of the city fortress, Santa Barbara, and San Fernando (Castillo de San Fernando) castle is also located on that mount.
So the city was protected well. Alicante has never been conquered by any British in the War to get the Spanish Succession, or by the French troops of Napoleon. Alicante, Lisbon and Cadiz are the only three cities that were not conquered by the French, a fact that makes the locals quite proud.