Alicante - discover the Costa Blanca in a hire car
The compact harbour town on the Costa Blanca is the perfect base for exploring Alicante and the coast in an economic hire car. The historic quarter with its narrow lanes that run higgledy-piggledy through the old town is reached directly from the Rambla, the main promenade, itself a great haunt in the evening for some Spanish tapas and enjoying the busy nightlife.
The TUI Cars’ car rental service partner is located directly at Alicante Airport. From there you can drive to Alicante or to the nearby beach of San Juan, which stretches for several kilometres along the coast. High above the city of Alicante stands the 11th century Castillo de Santa Bárbara. If you don’t feel like climbing up to the castle on foot, you can also drive up there by car. On arrival you are rewarded with a beautiful view over the city and the entire Costa Blanca. Explore Alicante and the surrounding area by hire car. Drive from Alicante towards Benidorm along the beautiful winding coast road. It is well worth it.
Visit Alicante by car
Directly in the centre of the city lies Avenida de Maisonnave, about 1 kilometre from end to end, and the largest shopping street in Alicante. As soon as you have grabbed a shopping bag and picked up your hire car in Alicante, you can head to the main railway station, RENFE, where the big shopping street starts. An astonishing range of brand outlets lures shoppers to go on an extensive shopping spree. If you prefer to explore smaller boutiques, drive your hire car in the direction of the Rambla. The small streets between the Rambla and Avenida de Maisonnave are dotted with many small shops that invite you to linger.
If you are a night owl and like teeming nightlife well into the early hours, then you will be in your element in Alicante. Park your car safely and head on foot to the Barrio to immerse yourself in authentic Spanish night life. The old town of Alicante is peppered with small bars and restaurants, which turn into small clubs later in the night. Around 3 am the bars here begin to empty. If you fancy some more clubbing, head to the port to find the bigger clubs that stay open all night.
Fuentes de Algar on the Costa Blanca
The nature reserve with its springs and waterfalls is only 15 km from Benidorm. You can easily reach it in a hire car from TUI Cars. Steer your hire car (a cabriolet?) from Alicante towards Altea and Callosa. From there the waterfalls are already signposted. The nature reserve features natural pools you can swim in. To reach them park your cabriolet in the parking area provided at the entrance to the park and head off on foot. Don’t forget your swim gear. Already the drive by car from Alicante to the falls is an experience; passing orange plantations and through pine forests you enter an unexpected wetland. Especially in the summer months the refreshing natural pools are a favourite haunt of the resident population.