Saga Rose. A nice esplanade and lovely beach but, except for shopping,
not a very inspiring Town. Visited the Castillo de Santa Barbara (Barbara
Castle!) which has spectacular views over the Town but is not anything
other than a patched up ruin really. Still the weather was fabulous.
2007 YES, WE WENT BACK! April 2007 may have been the driest April in the UK since records began but Spring in Alicante was the wettest since records began! We were gutted by the weather but, nevertheless, had a great time (walking the dogs a lot, which was a joy). Unlike most Brits Margaret and Dave don't live in an ex-pat "ghetto" but have integrated with the Spanish (for 20+ years). We visited an ex-pat village a couple of times (to see shows - one was on behalf of a Cancer Charity and most of the ex-pats were smoking!) and I'm pleased that we weren't among them! Alicante has more going for it than I originally thought. We did a tour of the Historical Sites (10.30 from outside the Tourist Office in Ramblas) and were well impressed. Also went on the annual Pilgrimage to Santa Faz. 250,000 people joined us! Magic. Went to Benidorm (ugly buildings, nice Resort) a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. The folks also showed us the more local Resorts near to them in Muchamiel. Our first holiday in the Costa Blanca, well worth the visit. Mustn't forget that we went to lunch at one of M and D's (Spanish) friends' houses. Real Paella and lovely people. A not to be forgotten day.
2016 and we're back on the Black Watch. The only reason we chose this cruise was because it visited Alicante but it only stayed for a VERY few hours! Got in at 8 am and had to be back on the ship by 13.30 (may seem reasonable but we don't get off at 8 and we don't leave it until 13.30 to return)! None the less, we had a great time meeting up with Margaret and Dave - a couple of cafes visited where Margaret showed her command of Spanish (at the first stop there were several people came up and chatted to "us" - we smiled and said "yes"!). It was worth it.
2018 and we're back on the Saga Sapphire! Damn! Because of a medical emergency on board we had to detour to Alicante to transfer a passenger to hospital. One hour only. Ah, well. We thought of cousin Margaret (sadly Dave has passed away since our last visit which made us doubly happy that we visited them in 2016).