Alicante – Spanish city Valencia autonomous community and the center of the homonymous province. It is located on the Mediterranean coast. Today, Alicante – the fastest growing city in Spain. For 2006, the city population was 322,000 people. In the period from 1950 to 1970, during the economic boom in Spain, the population increased by 2.5 times. Since the late nineties of the twentieth century, population growth contributed to immigration, they were mostly immigrants from Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador. 80% of the population works in Alicante services – tourism and trade. Well developed education, banking.
The city has a large international airport and a large port, which has continued communication with Algeria and the Balearic Islands. More from Alicante many links to other Spanish cities by road and rail.
Alicante was founded by the Greeks in 201 BC Then the settlement was captured by the Romans and renamed Lucentum. This name comes from the Greek ‘Acre Lev “, which translated means” white peak “. Arabs perceived the city as “Al-Lakant”, hence the current name of the city appeared. After the Reconquista Alicante belonged to the Castilian, and then the Aragonese, through which penetrated the Catalan language.
In the XIX century the railroad was built, connecting the center of Alicante in Spain. Then the value of Alicante as a major port city has greatly increased. The city itself has grown, the industry has evolved, and it was decided to demolish the city walls. During the Civil War the city was in the area of the Republicans, why was subject to frequent attacks and suffered a lot from them.
In the sixties of the twentieth century became the center of Alicante tourism, the city began to grow hard. Alicante today – it is the second most-populated city in Valesianskom community and an important administrative center.
Alicante architecture is very interesting and unique. In it there is a harmonious blend of different styles, which can determine the stages of history. Then there are elements of Moorish, Greek and Roman culture are perfectly complemented by the Art Nouveau, Baroque and Gothic.
More in Alicante was shot Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera.
Multiethnic population of the city and its location significantly affected the characteristics of the local cuisine. Since the city is located on the Mediterranean coast, the local restaurants menu offers a wide selection of dishes from all kinds of seafood. One of the most popular and well-known restaurants Alicante is a restaurant Darsena. It even the most sophisticated gourmets will appreciate the professionalism of the chefs and the great taste of fish and meat dishes.
Alicante is in the territory of a large number of attractions. One of the most magnificent boulevard is Explanada de Espa? A. This resting place is known throughout the world. Pavement is constructed in the form of a beautiful mosaic that is made of six million stones.
Located near the Boulevard Plaza de Portal, on the pedestrian streets where you can get to the old town. Municipal area decorated buildings in the baroque style, which is striking in its beauty. Another museum is located in the XX century under the name “La Asegurada”, which is housed in a former grain warehouse, built in 1685. In the museum are works by masters of the XX century, such as Juan Gris, Joan Miro, Julio Gonzalez and Edward Chilida of the museum’s founder and Eusebio Sempere.