Alicante

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Alicante
Port of Entry
38°19.942'N, 000°29.262'W Chart icon.png
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Playa del Postiguet

Alicante is a fairly large city, 319 380 inhabitants and the eight largest city in Spain, south of Valencia. It is a large harbor and it is dominated by a large Castilo, Castle. The waterfront is surrounded by beaches and within the town there is a delightful large esplanade, the Playa del Postiguet, with multicolored tiles is a wavy design shaded by palm and banana trees. Along the esplanade are many cafés and restaurants. Within the harbor there is a large, and very well run, marina. Along the marina are many new buildings with many upscale restaurants. The town has many churches and several museums.

Charts

BA
1700 Cartagena to Cabo de San Antonio including Isla Formentera
469 Puerto de Alicante
NIMA
52060 Cabo de Gala to Cabo de Palos and Cap Milonia to Cap Ivi
52082 Approaches to Alicante and Torrevieja

Weather

See Spain.

Passages

See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.

Islands

Communication

Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also seeWorld Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The approaches to Alicante are straight forward.

Entrance

Alicante is a port of entry for Spain. For details see Entrance: Spain.

Berthing

Alicante Marina or the Real Club de Regatas Alicante, both located within the Commercial Harbor, are the only places to go as yachts are not allowed elsewhere.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Alicante Marina

Alicante Marina/wiki/Alicante#.5B.5BAlicante_Marina.5D.5D
Port of Entry
Large marina with complete facilities

Real Club de Regatas Alicante

Real Club de Regatas Alicante/wiki/Alicante#Real_Club_de_Regatas_Alicante
Marina icon Real Club de Regatas Alicante [[Alicante#Real Club de Regatas Alicante|Real Club de Regatas Alicante]] (RCRA) 38°20.394'N, 000°29.123'W
Port of Entry

The club berths are on port side of the inner harbor, opposite of Alicante Marina. All facilities are available (showers, toilets, laundry, vending machines, restaurant and good WiFi). Good security with security card and 24hr staff.

admon@rcra.es; Tel: +34 (965) 921 250; Fax: +34 (965) 228 542; VHF channel 09
Address: Muelle de Poniente 3, 03001 Alicante, Spain
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing

Anchorages

None.

Amenities

Facilities
Water In both Alicante Marina and in RCRA pontoons
Electricity In both Alicante Marina and in RCRA pontoons
Toilets In both Alicante Marina and in RCRA}
Showers In both Alicante Marina and in RCRA
Laundry In both Alicante Marina and in RCRA

Note: There is a laundromat next to the fuel dock. You need to purchase tokens from the Alicante_Marina office and then get an attendant to open the door for you. At this time, this laundromat is working at a minimum capacity due to broken machines. There is another laundromat located next to the Central Market opened from about 8AM to 10PM everyday. The laundromat is called 321 Wash and is located at Calle Poeta Quintana #8, 16K load capacity is at 4 Euros.

Garbage Bins in both Alicante Marina and in RCRA
Supplies
Fuel The fuel dock, next to the Alicante_Marina reception, has working hours 0830 to 2000
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers There is one just N of the marina office
Services
Repairs Some repairs are possible at the commercial harbor (opposite the Alicante_Marina).
Internet WiFi in both Alicante Marina and in RCRA and in cafés
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

  • There are many good stores in the town
  • A new and convenient Carefour has opened on the Esplanada next to the port

Eating out

  • There are many upscale restaurants next to the Alicante_Marina
  • Good and unusual food in the Entertapas in town

Transportation

There are daily flights to destinations within the EU as well as ferries to the Balearic islands.

Tourism

History

The region of Alicante has been inhabited for over 700 years. The Greeks and the Phoenicians established trading post around 1000 BC. They introduced the alphabet and the pottery wheel to the native tribes. Akra Leuke (Ἄκρα Λευκὴ) was established by the Carthaginian general Hamilcar in the 6th century BC. This settlement evolved to Alicante. The Romans defeated the Carthaginians (Phoenician) in the Punic Wars and ruled the whole Iberian peninsula for over 700 years.

The Moors invaded the peninsula and ruled Southern and Eastern Spain until the 11th century AD. In 1246 Alicante was taken by the Castellan king Alfonso X, and the last Muslim rulers left Spain for North Africa in 1492. Alicante enjoyed a siglo de oro (golden age) during the 15th century, rising to become a major Mediterranean trading station exporting rice, wine, olive oil, oranges and wool. But between 1609 and 1614 King Felipe III expelled thousands of Arabs who had remained in Valencia after the reconquest. This act of intolerance cost the region dearly; with so many skilled artisans and agricultural laborers gone, the Christian feudal nobility found itself sliding into bankruptcy. Things got worse when in the early 16th century Alicante, along with the rest of Valencia, backed Carlos in the War of Spanish Succession. Felipe won, and he punished the whole region by withdrawing the semi-autonomous status it had enjoyed since the time of the reconquest. Alicante went into a long, slow decline, surviving through the 18th and 19th centuries by making shoes and growing oranges, and relieving its frustration with occasional attempts at rebellion.

By the early 20th century the whole of Spain was almost at the point of revolution. Amid growing civil unrest, after years of sponsoring a failed military dictatorship, King Alfonso XIII abdicated the throne, and in 1931 a Spanish Republic was declared. A left-wing coalition of communists and socialists narrowly won the subsequent elections. In 1936, General Francisco Franco led an uprising, supported by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, to re-establish the authority of the Catholic church, the army and the aristocracy. After three years of bloody civil war, Franco's armies were victorious; Alicante was one of the last cities loyal to the government to be overcome. The next 20 years under Franco's police state were wretched ones for Alicante, with severe frosts in 1941 and 1946 adding to the problems of local orange farmers. Franco died at last in 1975, with his successor King Juan Carlos I guiding Spain towards democracy. Regional governments were given more power, and the cities of Valencia were permitted an autonomy they had not been allowed for four centuries.

Places to Visit

The Castilo Bárbara is a must. You get to it by walking to an underground passage located about 150 m along the waterfront N of the harbor. The passage is about 200 m long and leads to an elevator which takes you to the castle. In addition to the castle, there are several museums and churches in the old town worth a visit.

Alicante Harbor, near the marina
The Esplanade, near the marina
The Castilo

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References

See Costa Blanca.

Comments

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