Alicante has long been a favourite destination for tourists and has grown to become a popular place for foreigners to live on a permanent basis. Often referred to as the Costa Blanca (White Coast), it has long stretches of sandy beaches with lots to see and do. Away from the coast, the region is rich with diverstity, with many large towns and villages steeped with history. The areas popularity with tourists means that staying in touch with family and friends back home is very easy with numerous flights daily to most UK and other northern European airports.
Weather and climate
Alicante's climate is hard to beat. With a wonderful average temperature of 17ºC in winter and 34ºC in summer, it truly is a year round destination. With its back to a mountain range and sandwiched between two capes it is in a sheltered position. The sunshine quota in the winter is around 6 hours, whilst in summer you can expect a long 12 hours to laze away the day. Expect a little humidity in high summer.
Spring is often seen as the best time of the year. At the beginning of the season, the average temperature at the start of the season is 21ºC rising to 27 ºC in May.
Throughout summer the region is hot with odd days reaching over 40ºC in July and August. On average the season hits around 34ºC with mild humidity. June is pleasant the average daily temperature is around 31ºC.
Usually autumn is milder and has slightly heavier rainfall. Between October and December, it is the wettest time of the year. The temperatures vary between 20ºC and 26ºC.
Alicante is usually quite mild with lots of blue sky days. It is not unkown to be dining outdoors at Christmas. January and February are the coldest months, with an average minimum temperature of 7 ºC and an average maximum of 17 ºC.
People and population
Alicante is the 4th most populous province in Spain afer Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia with around 2 million inhabitants. The province has the largest ratio of foreign population among all provinces in Spain, almost 25% of inhabitants.