The disabled cruiser visiting Alicante will find that Alicante is pretty accessible for a wheelchair user. Plenty of nice, flat boulevards. There are drop curbs, lifts and safe crossing points. It’s not perfect though. The water front is great for a wheelchair user with its lovely boulevard, which has lots of bars and restaurants leading from the harbor to the beach.
Around the marina and main shopping areas you will find it wheelchair friendly with smooth surfaces and drop curbs at regular intervals. The old town is cobbled and has some hills but the cobbles are not too uneven. Most of Alicante is flat with a few exceptions. There is also a tram that runs along the coast that is wheelchair friendly and regular. Public transportation is accessible. Certain areas like Santa Crus, are not accessible as it has narrow staircases.
The Santa Barbara Castle has a lift that goes through the center of the mountain it sits on and is easily accessed with a wheelchair but the inside of the castle has quite a few stair cases, but it also has some large flat areas to be visited.
Alicante is a city in south east Spain and the capital of the province of Alicante.
There are many places to visit here including the Santa Barbara castle which is one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses, providing great views of Alicante’s bay. Also, the San Nicolas Co-Cathedral, Santa Maria Basilica, Alicante Theatre and Las Agustina’s Convent.
There are also many museums in the area including the Archaeological, Fine Arts, Festival and Bullfighting museums.
City walks information can be found at the Tourist Information office.
Golf and a variety of water sports are available here.
Where You’re Docked
Ships dock at the Alicante Cruise Terminal, not far from the center of town. Smaller ships may dock within walking distance of the port gates however, there are shuttle buses available to the city center.
Alicante cruise terminal has an information desk, Wi-Fi, taxi rank, a coffee bar and small shopping area where you can pick up souvenirs. The bus station is located on the seafront, not far from the port.
Good to Know
It’s the same story in a lot of places popular with tourists, but in Alicante you get a lot of street musicians and freelance sales people trying to get you to pay for everything from an accordion performance to a pair of cheap sunglasses.
On Foot: Most of Alicante’s tourist attractions are within walking distance of the port. If you take the complimentary shuttle buses to the stop outside Volvo Ocean Race Museum, the city’s highlights are even more accessible. From here, you can get to the foot of the castle in 10 minutes.
By Tram: Tramlines run around Alicante city and beyond to the beaches of the Costa Blanca and up to Benidorm. One of the main stops is near the Central Market, and it’s here that you can pick up a single or return ticket or a pass for multiple trips. The lines are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9. Line 2 weaves around the city center, while line 1 takes passengers on the hour long journey to Benidorm.
By Taxi: There’s a taxi station at the cruise terminal.
The official currency is the euro. ATMs are plentiful in Alicante. You’ll find several on Explanada de Espana, right next to the port.
Spanish is the main language in Alicante. However, most people in the city can speak good English, too.
Alicante has a huge range of shopping opportunities from upscale clothing stores to smaller boutiques where you can purchase leather goods, shoes, bags and accessories. Dolls, rugs, wicker items and traditional pottery also make good gifts.
El Postiguet beach is in the city, at the foot of Santa Barbara castle and alongside the port and the Esplanade. It is a popular and well known attraction.
Alicante’s cuisine is typically Mediterranean. Rice plays a leading role in a variety of recipes. Seafood too is very important. Cured salted fish is used as the main ingredient for making many types of “salazones” featuring products such as roe, tuna belly and herring, which are served as appetisers.
Points of Interest
- Santa Barbara Castle – is located at the summit of Mount Benacantil, the large mountain situated at the heart to Alicante Spain. Visitors to Alicante’s famous mountaintop castle are rewarded with a panoramic view of Alicante, the Mediterranean Sea and mountains to the north. For the Disabled Cruiser rather than spending an hour hiking up Mount Benacantil to the Santa Barbara Castle, consider taking the lift. For a couple of euros, you will be transported by elevator from Postiguet Beach to Santa Barbara Castle on Mount Benacantil. The castle is easily accessed with a wheelchair but the inside of the castle has quite a few stair cases, but it also has some large flat areas to be visited.
- Central Market – Located inside a pyramidal building on Avenida Alfonso el Sabio, is the central market, where shoppers can purchase fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, breads and pastries at this historic Spanish market. The Central Market is a wonderful place to experience traditional Spanish life and simply watch the world unfold. There are about 30 steps to enter the building, the Disabled Cruiser will have access to a wheelchair ramp to enter the building. Inside the building is flat and smooth.
- St. Nicolas Cathedral – is a co-cathedral in Alicante Spain. It is famous for its light-filled baroque interior and blue-domed roof. There is a wheelchair ramp to enter the building for the Disabled Cruiser.
- Guadalest – This gravity defying village perches in the mountains in Marina Baixa, an hour’s drive from Alicante. It’s postcard pretty and serves up panoramic views. It’s also a little larder as far as local produce is concerned. Honey and cheeses are just two of the souvenirs you can take home from here.
- Playa de Postiguet – This beach hits the bull’s-eye for cruise passengers whose main aim in Alicante is to get to the beach as fast as possible. It’s just round the corner from the shuttle bus stop and it comes complete with soft tawny sand, loungers, cabana beds, a volleyball court and beach bars.
- San Juan Beach – Just over 4 kilometers from Alicante, this long stretch of sand has the seal of approval from Blue Flag. It features beachside restaurants and bars as well as activities like a volleyball court and children’s playground. The Alicante tram stops here. The Disabled Cruiser will enjoy accommodation and handicap facilities at the beach and disabled individuals can access the water.
Alicante Accessible Excursions
There are no organized accessible tours in Alicante. There are private tours available, but the Disabled Cruiser will be required to transfer out of the wheelchair into the vehicle.