The beautiful coastline of Benidorm.

Rhona set off on her travels with some of her Guide colleagues, to discover a selection of resorts in Alicante which are affiliated to the RCI Exchange Holiday programme, and to explore the quaint towns in the region. Here she shares the highlights of her trip.

Welcome to Benidorm with Rhona Norris and her RCI colleagues.

I had the pleasure of visiting warm and sunny Alicante in May 2017, and what a stunning place it was.

Our first stop was Denia in the north of Alicante, which became my favourite place because of its magnificent castle and the stunning views over the marina and the ocean.

Parts of the castle date back as far as the 15th century. The monument was used for defensive purposes up until the 19th century, when the terraces were then used for growing the town's most popular export - raisins. To learn more about the evolution of the town, you can visit the Archaeological Museum inside the Governor's Palace, at the top of the castle.

Spectacular vistas of the town from Denia Castle.

From here, the view of the yachts and boats bobbing gently on the glistening waters, made for an idyllic photo opportunity.

To escape the midday heat, the seaside facade of Denia stretches for miles. It's the perfect spot to sit and relax with a refreshing drink in hand, while relishing in the gentle rush of the sea as it caresses the shore.

Denia's port and marina waterfront goes on for miles, making for the perect evening stroll after dinner.

In the evenings we sauntered around the Old Town and were mesmerized by the beauty of the unusual twisting trees, flowers, old buildings, churches, shops and restaurants. And when it came to food, we had so many dining options to choose from, but we relished sampling the typical Spanish dishes, such as paella and tapas, as well as the huge variety of freshly caught seafood.

Sampling the local paella is a must in Alicante.

A local recommended we visit the fish auction down on the marina and what an experience it was! You can watch the auction proceedings from a viewing gallery up high, and be truly amazed at the varieties of fish being brought in from the fishing boats.

As purchasers from the restaurants and hotels from throughout the region were busy bidding on the produce, we found it fascinating to watch, and very different from anything else we had seen on any of our holidays.

A local recommended we visit the fish auction down on the marina and what an experience it was! You can watch the auction proceedings from a viewing gallery up high, and be truly amazed at the varieties of fish being brought in from the fishing boats.

As purchasers from the restaurants and hotels from throughout the region were busy bidding on the produce, we found it fascinating to watch, and very different from anything else we had seen on any of our holidays.

We also visited Benidorm and enjoyed a tour with Carlos, who gave us the opportunity to enjoy the views from the tallest hotel in Europe. You could see the whole of Benidorm from the 43rd floor of the Gran Hotel Bali, fringed by its stunning stretches of white sand beaches.

Just a ten minute drive from Benidorm is Altea, a charming Spanish town full of Moorish architecture. Situated around a picturesque bay, we loved exploring the steep streets which were a treasure trove of boutiques, galleries and impressive buildings at every turn.

To sum up, you really should go to Alicante to soak up the amazing towns and cities by the sea. A bonus is the really friendly local people, who are only too happy to show you how best to enjoy their region.

A truly unbelievable experience!

RCI team stop to admire the views of Altea.

Discovering the quaint streets of Altea.


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