Alicante goes beyond the Volvo Ocean Race - Image Credit: Erik Ohlsson
As ranked by Erik Ohlsson
Destination: Alicante, Spain
Interesting website for the city: Alicante.com
Is it easy to navigate around? Very easy. 2
Hostels and Hotels (few, many, tons): Tons, just by the beach! 2
Best part of the city? La Rambla, a vibrant neighbourhood scattered with little bars and restaurants.
Local University? Universidad de Alicante - ua.es
Any interesting business or enterprise happenings? The Volvo Ocean Race (one of the main sailing competitions in the world) starts here, which brings a big crowd.
Is it a good travel destination for young adventures? Sure, for a couple of days you can cover a lot of ground since it's a small city. There are islands nearby as well, and Ryanair flies to the city airport making it accessible. Accommodation and meals are very affordable as well. 2
Climate: Warm and sunny, Mediterranean.
Would you live there forever? Not forever, since there is so much more to see in the world, but certainly for a year or two.
Any funny experiences whilst you were there? As a Swede visiting Alicante in April, I found it nice and warm dressed in shorts and a t-shirt while all the locals were freezing in their thick jackets. I went for a swim in the sea, but of course I was the only one!
Points: 6 out of 6
Rating out of ten: 10
About – Erik Ohlsson is a well travelled Swede, who has lived, worked and studied in various parts of the planet. He was also featured in the first Breaking Stereotypes documentary.
FirstStep.me travel and gap year/year out ranking criteria –
2 points for yes
0 points for no
Max points 6
1. Is the destination easy to navigate around? Yes or No
2. Hostels and Hotels (few, many, tons): 0.5, 1 and 2 points respectively
3. Is it a good travel destination for young adventures? Yes or No