Alicante Race Village is CLOSED
For more information visit the Alicante stopover website www.volvooceanracealicante.com.
October 29: Iberdrola In-Port Race 1400 CEST (1200 UTC)
November 5 – Leg 1 start 1400 CET (1300 UTC)
Where to watch: Download map
Race Village Opening times:
- Sunday to Thursday: 1000 - 0030
- Friday / Saturday / Sunday / Public Holidays: 1000 - 0130
- Race days: from 0900
For race village schedule see www.volvooceanracealicante.com.
Where is it:
Alicante Race Village
Muelle 10 de Levante
Puerto de Alicante
October 14 - Race Village opens
October 14 - Academy Team Racing Clinic
October 15-16 - Academy Team Racing / Try Sailing (open to the public)
October 22-23 - RS:X Youth Stopover Tour / Try Sailing (open to the public)
October 29 – Iberdrola In-port Race 1400 local time (1200 UTC)
October 29-30 - Try Sailing (open to the public)
October 30 – Pro-Am Race 1200 local time (1100 UTC)
November 1-5 - Legends Regatta and Reunion
November 5 – Leg 1 Start 1400 local time (1300 UTC)
Leg 1 takes the fleet on 6,500 nautical mile race from Alicante to Cape Town. For more information, visit the Alicante host port website www.volvooceanracealicante.com.
There will also be a full concert programme in the Race Village starting on October 14 through to November 5th, for the full line up visit: 20 concerts in 20 days.
The race begins in Alicante, Spain where the warm waters of the Mediterranean lap the town’s historic shores. Alicante’s Race Village will open from October 14 to November 5, with more than a million visitors expected.
Vast sandy beaches and remote coves, smart hotels or typical Spanish villas and plenty of fashionable places to eat, the region of Valencia, and in particular, the port of Alicante, has it all. Go exploring and you will find charming villages with enough culture and tradition to keep even the most enthusiastic historian entranced. Not surprisingly, it is a region that now hosts almost 24 million visitors each year.
There are well over 100 km of beautiful beaches stretching from Castellón in the north to Benidorm and the Costa Blanca in the south. There are beaches for everyone and Alicante itself has seven: from the noisy and festive with large stretches of fine sand, to quiet and still stony coves with crystal clear water.
Along with the history, the chance to see castles and climb mountains, the beaches are the main draw for millions who flock to the region in search of sun and sea. The regional government – the Generalitat – is proudly keeping everything in the best condition possible. So there are sunshades and deckchairs, toilets and changing areas, as well as signs, ramps and access for people with reduced mobility. There are no showers on the beach, though, not here. Instead, environmentally friendly footbaths are the norm, using treated seawater. Over 100 beaches on the Valencian coast have been awarded the blue flag, recognition from the European Union over quality of water and sand as well as the services offered.
And the beaches are not just for sunbathing and swimming. Through its Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Generalitat has set aside separate areas for basketball, volleyball and even football.
In the heart of the region, lies the city of Alicante. It has an exceptional climate that is characterised by mild winters and hot summers, with an average annual temperature of over 18 degrees Celsius and around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.
In Alicante, the Mediterranean is ever present, helping infuse the city with light. Its seafront, stretching between El Postiguet beach and the western quay, from where you can enjoy a view of the marina, is a must at any time of the year. Also along the seafront, and next to the Plaza del Mar fountain, there is one of the city’s finest buildings: the Casa Carbonell, built between 1922 and 1925 by the architect Juan Vidal Ramos. The new raised promenade, that runs parallel to the sea along the eastern quay, is a fantastic place from which to watch the Alicante In-Port Race and the start of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The Explanada is one of the nicest promenades in Alicante. It is lined with four rows of palm trees and its floor is paved with 6.6 million tricolour marble tiles forming a wave effect mosaic. Other local parks and squares include Canalejas Park, at the end of the Explanada, with spectacular lush vegetation including several hundred-year old rubber plants, the romantic Gabriel Miró square, and La Ereta Park, built on the slopes of Mount Benacantil and overlooking the bay and El Palmeral, on the outskirts of the city.
From 14 October to 5 November 2011, the city of Alicante will again become the world’s sailing capital.
In 2008 Alicante first hosted the start of the world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race. The start was an unprecedented success, both for the media and for the sport itself. It was frequently referred to as one of the best starts in the history of the competition, and the city of Alicante was confirmed as start port for next three races. The city of Alicante is also the home of the race and the race office is situated in the heart of the Puerto de Alicante.
For more information, visit the Alicante Stopover website www.volvooceanracealicante.com.
Walking Tour of Alicante
There is so much to uncover while wandering Alicante. Lose yourself in the zigzagging streets of Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old quarter, which will transport you back to 20th century living. Follow the cobblestone pedestrian-ways flanked with colourful terraces to an endless stream of monuments, gardens, museums and churches that await your discovery.
Castillo de Santa Bárbara
The medieval-style fortress casts a formidable presence over Alicante. Originally built to protect Alicante from invaders, Santa Bárbara is still a major landmark of the city. Green-gardens and shaded pergolas offer a welcome oasis for those who ascend on-foot, while those who are less adventurous can take an elevator from the bowels of the castle to the pinnacle. Along with cafes, a restaurant and sweeping views across Alicante, the top of Santa Bárbara offers a unique insight into a chapter of history.
At the hustling and bustling daily food market you will find an enormous range of fresh local produce from seafood to fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and breads. The atmosphere is as lively as the stallholders, who excite at the chance to offer you their fares. Take your time to soak in the atmosphere and fragrance of the multi-level market. While you’re there don’t forget to try Alicante’s nougat, known as turrón.
When the sun sinks beneath the horizon Alicante transforms and the city comes to life. Simply enjoy a late night dinner in the carefree ambience of the restaurants and tavernas or kick up your heels on the dance-floor at El Puerto’s clubs. El Barrio is the indisputable “it” place for nightlife in Alicante, with the greatest number of bars, pubs and clubs than any area in the city.
Isla de Tabarca
Just 20km south of Alicante lies this jewel of the Mediterranean. The boat ride to the tranquil marine reserve is as scenic and relaxing as the 1800m stretch of island that waits. The vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island make it perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Landlubbers can check out the historic ruins dotted across the island, which was once inhabited by pirates. You can stay overnight and dine in several restaurants.
Boasting the largest palm grove in Europe this truly tropical location is considered one of the top tourist destinations south of Alicante. Elche boasts two World Heritage sites, The Palm Forest, which has landscaped groves of palms that date back to around the fifth century BC and the representation of the Mystery of the Elche. Elche also offers a plethora of museums and fabulous white beaches. It is also one of the leading producers of footwear in Europe.
Also known as “The Chocolate City” there is little wonder why the word Villajoyosa means joyful! Brightly coloured houses line the city’s beach, but behind the shoreline is where you’ll find the Museo del Chocolate Valor. The chocolate museum tells the rich chocolate making history of the village, which dates back to 1881, and offers plenty of opportunities to indulge every chocolate-lover's fantasies.
Playa de San Juan is regarded as one of the best beaches on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Stretching eight kilometres it is is shared by the Alicante and el Campello municipalities. A promenade runs parallel offering sporting areas and a wide range of restaurants and bars, perfect for taking in all the scenery.
MARQ: Museum of Archaeology
With artefacts from 100,000 years old right up to the mid 19th century, the MARQ delivers history with a bang. The extensive exhibitions showcase the various civilisations that have called Alicante home from the Iberians to the Romans, the Medieval Age and the contemporary historical periods. Exhibitions are presented with modern rigor including many audio-visuals that bring the collections to life.
Follow the spectacular ivory, red and black marbled mosaic paths along Alicante’s esplanade to discover a wealth of gastronomic delights. This stretch of restaurants offers Alicante’s famed fares including seafood, salted meats and rice (of which the region boasts more than 300 varieties). Try the tapas and the paella.
- Sweet Treats: When Vogue magazine says Las Manolitas Cupcake Boutique is a place to go, they mean it. This scrumptious establishment is filled with quaint furniture and unimaginable sweet-treats that will delight your inner-child. Created by three sisters, Las Manolitas is exactly as Vogue says, a place you simply must visit! If ice cream is more your fancy then check out Livanti Gelato di Sicilia. You may have to queue, but the 36 varieties of traditional Sicilian ice cream made by hand every day are worth any wait.
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You can take the AP 7 motorway, which runs through the province of Alicante from northeast to south-west, connecting to Valencia, Barcelona and the French border to the north and Murcia and Andalusia to the south.
You can also take the A-31 motorway connecting with Madrid.
The El Altet international airport (Airport of Alicante), which now has 2 terminals in operation, is one of the biggest in Spain and it is located just 9 km southwest of the city, within the boundaries of the town of Elche.
The airport can be accessed through the A-7 motorway and the N-332 dual carriageway, with the average journey time being around 15 minutes from Alicante city centre, rising to 30 minutes during rush hour.
For more information, visit the website www.aena.es