Alicante, a historic port city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, is the country’s eighth largest metropolitan area. Including the nearby suburbs, approximately 800,000 people live in Alicante.
It is currently one of the fastest growing cities in the Valencia country and in Spain. The University of Alicante now has over 30,000 enrolled students.
Options for travel into and out of Alicante include plane, train, and ferry.
The Alicante Airport (airport code ALC) is the fifth busiest airport in Spain. The busier airports include airports in the capital city of Madrid and the other major Spanish cities of Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.
Alicante Airport served 947,150 passengers in the month of June, 2010, 5.8% more traffic than June, 2009. 7,352 flights left Alicante Airport in June, 2010, which was the sixth most in Spain.
The Alicante railway station operates shorter range routes to the suburbs of Alicante and nearby areas of the Valencia country as well as longer range trains to Barcelona and Madrid. Alicante also has a city ferry that runs to Algeria and the Balearic Islands.