11 Mar 5 wonderful reasons to live in Alicante
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5 wonderful reasons to live in Alicante
Why live in Alicante? Well, there are many reasons why we like to live here, but the most notable are, without a doubt, the climate, the distances, the size, the gastronomy and the surroundings with our beaches and mountains.
It is true that Alicante does not appear in any Ranking of the best cities to live in. That people who do not know the city, perhaps do not feel it as an idyllic place to settle, but those of us who are from here and have lived abroad, appreciate more and more how lucky we are to be able to live in "La Terreta". If you are not one of these, I invite you to read this post, in case you feel the itch to know what it is like to live in Alicante.
Castillo de Santa Bárbara
There are several reasons why we like to live here and after thinking about it a bit, I think the most notable are, without a doubt, these five:
The climate we have, with warm winters and hot summers, we are not going to deny it, but we have incredible beaches to cool off.
Playa de la Albufereta
The distances between our house and the workplace or the child's school or the center of the city where to do the shopping or even the distances between the capital or the beaches or the mountains of Alicante.
Views of Alicante from Santa Cruz
Which brings us to the size, which in my opinion is perfect, it is not a big city, nor is it a small one, it is just the right size.
Gastronomy, which even Ferrán Adriá praised in an article, among the things he said- "I think I'm not wrong if I say that in the lands of Alicante all the flavors of the Mediterranean are found in a combination that is difficult to overcome by the rest of the kitchens of the world” There is nothing!
And of course, the environment in which we are, with the beaches and our entire coast with its coves and ports and of course with our mountains and valleys.
In Alicante we have an average annual temperature of about 18º and in winter we find many sunny days in which temperatures are around 20º. I'm not going to deny that sometimes it's cold, but if the sun comes out, you're guaranteed warmth. And in summer, yes, there are very hot days, and more so now with all this climate change, but on the beach it is divine and eating in the shaded beach bars, why ask for more!
San Juan Beach in Winter
In December or January we find days of those that the sun warms up and you can easily have breakfast in your shirt sleeves on any sunny terrace, while enjoying the passing of people. And if you are one of the privileged ones who can have that coffee on the beach of San Juan or on any terrace of the different beaches that we have, you will be able to enjoy a spectacular sea and you will surely find some bather doing a few laps.
The truth is that in Alicante it doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to go from one place to another. You can live on the beach of San Juan and work in the center and what it takes is that, 20 minutes on average, even less, if it is not rush hour for work or school.
Vall de Gallinera
If you choose to spend a day in the mountains, it is just under an hour from the capital and you can go to any of the wonderful valleys that we have, Vall de Laguar, Vall de Gallinera, mi preferido, Vall d’Alcalà o Vall d’ Ebo to go hiking and enjoy the landscape and its mountain cuisine. Everything is close here!
In these matters, size does matter. Because you will recognize me that Alicante has the perfect size, it is not as big as a big capital, nor small as a town. The airport is only 20 minutes from the city and the train station is practically in the center. Come on, you arrive with your suitcase and you can easily go home taking a little walk.
Here you can find culture, we have museums like MARQ or MACA, theater and cultural activities of all kinds. You can also go to the Santa Bárbara Castle or Los Pozos de Garrigós, you can stroll through the streets of the Old Town and visit the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolás or the Basilica of Santa María.
This is undoubtedly one of our strengths, Alicante is characterized by being one of the main gastronomic destinations of the entire Mediterranean coast. On the Costa Blanca we have a very extensive cuisine, specializing in top quality products: tomatoes, artichokes, pomegranates, cherries, prawns and bay fish, nougats and sweets or salted fish, such as mojama or roe and of course, for the good work of the cooks we have here.
Without a doubt, the star dish is rice, there are as many varieties as there are chefs and places to try them. Here we leave you some options to whet your appetite, but it is just a small sample… Rice with monkfish, artichoke and galleys, Rice with squid and garlic sprouts, Rice with cod, Dry rice with prawns and tuna, Mellow rice with calf's leg or this Meloso de trotters and boletus... if you like good food, you can't stop coming to Alicante, even if it's just for a visit.
Well, you will recognize me that living in a city with the sea is an incentive, having the beach so close and being able to enjoy it almost every day of the year, is a point in our favor. The truth is that we have a wonderful coastline with beaches of fine sand or pebbles and coves with clean and transparent waters. You can choose any San Juan, Muchavista, Albufereta, the coves of Cabo de las Huertas.
Cala Higuera en la Vila
f you prefer to go a little further and tour the province, you cannot miss going to Villajoyosa, Altea, Xabia, Moraira or Calpe. Basically, in any seaside town you can find wonderful beaches and coves and I invite you to discover and enjoy each of them.
And if your option is the mountain, well, we also have it. You can get lost in one of the interior valleys, which we mentioned before, or discover the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park or get lost in the Font Roja. And if you don’t want to move from the city, don’t forget to go up to the Serra Grossa and enjoy the views of Alicante and the sea.
It is an easy and comfortable city to live in, where everything is close by and the temperature is ideal. What more could you ask for?