Spain Guide


Alicante Nightlife

Alicante offers an easy, carefree nightlife all year round. The mild climate combined with the attractions of hundreds of bars and cafes with regular live entertainment ensure that this is a city which never sleeps.

One of the best places to visit at night is the old city centre known as El Barrio. Here you'll find a host of bars, taverns, cervecerias (beer cellars) and pizza joints. Each has its own style and personality and you'll nearly always find live music from salsa and jazz to rock and flamenco.

The modern zone, between Alfonso El Sabio and the Explanada, offers other types of entertainment, with elegant pubs, sophisticated restaurants with famed cuisine, clubs and dance salons. In the summer months you'll also find plenty of music, dancing and entertainment down at the beach of San Juan.

An unusual and highly successful initiative by the local government has seen the introduction of a special night train called the " Trensnochador". The train service, established in 1988, runs from 9pm to 7am stopping at the neighbouring towns along the coast to enable holidaymakers to enjoy the wealth of nightlife on offer outside the city boundaries.

It's an excellent project which enables local residents and tourists alike to travel to and from local night spots with ease and safety Around 70% of its passengers are aged between 16 and 21 and 60% of those are female. The train is well lit, provides on board entertainment and a ticket includes discounts for local bars, clubs and discos. It helps to reduce drink driving and its users avoid the parking headaches which plague Alicante and other major resorts such as Benidorm.

The train starts in the city and stops at Playa San Juan, El Campello, Villajoyosa, Benidorm and Altea.

Alicante has a full calendar of fiestas throughout the year, providing some colourful and raucous night time entertainment in true Spanish style. The biggest and arguably the best is Les Fogueres de Sant Joan when dozens of giant wooden and papier mache effigies are erected at all the city's major street inter sections. The effigies are beautifully sculptured and painted tableaux taking a satirical look at some of the major issues of the day. You may not understand the issues.but you won't fail to be impressed when the locals set fire to them all and the city becomes a giant bonfire!

The big night is June 24th with the burning of the effigies followed by a spectacular firework display. But the fiesta continues until June 29th, overlapping with another celebration, the Feast of San Pedro which sees a riot of colourful processions, bands and more fireworks. Pop along to one of the "barracas" the makeshift fiesta houses which provide the focus for outdoor music, dancing and reveling until the small hours.