Originally there were meant to be 5 of us going to Alicante but 3 ended up bailing so me and Andre decided to go anyway. We left Dornbirn at 6am in the morning for the 1.5 hour train ride to Memmingen airport and as usual i used the opportunity to take a quick nap.
We were greeted at Alicante airport by Maria, one of the Spanish girls who’s also in Dornbirn but was back in her hometown to visit her family.
She brought us Jamon sandwiches which is the Spanish cured ham and were absolutely delicious!
Her friend drove us from the airport to the hotel we had booked. I wanted to relax and indulge so I decided to book a 5 star hotel in Alicante called ‘Hospes Amerigo’ which is featured on the Design Hotels website. It’s main selling point was that it was aimed at making you have the most comfortable sleep and my god, the bed was so luxurious. Everytime we lay down, we would fall asleep!
The rooftop pool
Overlooking the hotel courtyard
The rooftop view overlooking the rest of Alicante
We set out for the city, spending the day getting to know Alicante. We took a stroll along the promenade which reminded me a lot of LA – mainly because of the palm trees. We had lunch along the beach and saw people flying kites, rollerbladers and people playing volleyball. For me, it was so refreshing to see a glimpse of Summer again!
Enjoying some Sangria!
We then explored the city some more, visiting the Castle and spending some time at the top overlooking the city.
We returned back to the city centre when the sun was setting and took a stroll along the promenade which was just as beautiful in the night before returning back to the hotel where I took a long needed bath
Blue Skies !
Alicante is a coastal town that’s main feature is the huge castle as seen in the below picture.
Before arriving into the city, I was adamant to climb the castle but after exploring the city we found that Alicante actually had 2 castles, one of which was not as high and less frequented than the main castle. After reaching the top, we had an amazing 360 degree view of the city with the large castle set in the background. I couldn’t imagine it being better the other way around.
It was really surreal being in Spain, I’d been wanting to go for at least 5 years now so when I arrived i really had to remind myself that I was actually there. There is something about the country that I love, possibly because my family traces back to here… I’m not sure. The culture, the people, the weather all hit the right spots for me.
My first Spain post is about the architecture. Just as bright as the people are, the buildings really stand out from the rest of Europe. Although there have been great buildings in the other European cities i’ve been to, the colour and vibrancy in Spain really sets the country apart.
I don’t know if you can see but the building had paintings as well beside the windows.
This style really isn’t that different from something you’d see in Germany or The Netherlands but then the Spanish went and splashed green paint all over it, which was an element I really liked.
See you on Saturday