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The stylish city of Alicante was founded in 324 BC by the Greeks, who gave the new city the name of Akra Leuke, meaning 'White Peak'. When the Romans captured Akra Leuke, they in turn renamed it Lucentum: 'City of Light'. Today, Alicante is one of Spain's most important city resorts, attracting millions of tourists a year who are intent on sampling its considerable charms rather than occupation or rebranding.

Alicante is a beautiful place guarded over by the imposing Benacantil Mountain - the 'white peak' in question. Sitting proudly on its peak is one of Europe's great ancient architectural wonders - Castillo de Santa Barbara. A huge fortress built and added to between the 9th and 18th centuries, it is an essential Alicante experience if only for the magnificent views across the city and the Mediterranean.

A city of some 300,000 inhabitants, Alicante is nonetheless small enough to explore in detail with ease, and makes for a very pleasurable walking city with plenty to see. With this region bathed in virtually year-round sunshine, just strolling along the portside esplanades or wandering among the beautiful buildings of the historic quarter are greatly satisfying ways to spend time in Alicante. Along the Rambla de Mendez or Avenida Alfonso el Sabio promenades, you can expect to find hawkers peddling African art and crafts; such trading has gone on for centuries since the days of the Moorish occupation.

The countryside around Alicante is delightful. Craggy mountains, deep forests and ancient hilltop castles show an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest. The best beach, however, is just 10 minutes from Alicante; 5 kilometres long, the San Juan white sand beach is lined with bars and cafés, and has every conceivable water sport imaginable available for tourists and residents alike to enjoy.

Alicante has long been a great favourite of the British as a holiday destination, a relationship that continues when it comes to Spanish property investment. Here at, we aim to bring you, the potential overseas property investor, the very best in Alicante property and property in Costa Blanca, especially superb new developments of apartments, villas and townhouses. Interest in Alicante property is always strong, so please subscribe to our free newsletter service to be kept updated on new property in Alicante - so you don't miss out on that perfect investment opportunity.

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