Alicante Old Quarter

Now it is time to get acquainted with the older part of Alicante, the part of the city that really inspires visitors because of its traditions and heritage, far removed from the modern, dynamic area looking out to the sea.

view of Alicante Town Hall

view of Alicante Town Hall

Behind the concathedral and the city hall, there are small streets climbing the hill, such as San Nicolás and San Agustín, where we can discover old squares such as Plaza de Quijano or Plaza del Carmen, see beautiful polychrome façades on many buildings, with their peculiar balconies and bay windows. If we keep climbing, we enter a section of the city where the human voice seems to dominate over mechanical sounds in the Santa Cruz quarter, with typically narrow streets – San Roque, Diputado Auset, San Rafael –, with ceramic tiles showing images of the saints and the Holy Visage, its whitewashed houses, its wrought iron window grilles and flower-covered balconies, and crowning the hill is a chapel whose balconies provide us with a panorama of the bustling city lying at our feet.