Alicante, or Alicant in Valencian, is the thriving capital of the province of Alicante within the Valencian Community.
people live, work or relax in the Alicante metropolitan area.
Some 3000 years ago small Greek trading post was setup
near what is now Alicante.
In 235 BC Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, built the settlement Akra Leuka here to consolidate
the Punic hold over Spain, but made the mistake to get killed in battle.
A few decades later the Romans captured Akra Leuka, renamed
it Lucentum and ruled for the next 700 years.
Under Moorish rule Lucentum got its present name, Alicante, meaning city of lights.
The Santa Barbara castle high on Mount Benacantil has its roots in this period.
From the 13th century onwards Alicante followed
the often bloody ups and downs of Spain's history.
Alicante's jewel in the crown is the year round pleasant climate, complemented
by perfect sandy beaches in and around town that can be easily reached by a convenient tram system. No wonder that since the 1960's
tourism has grown into one of the main economic pillars.
In the Holy Week or Semana Santa the brotherhoods, called
Gloriosa Hermandad, perform age-old processions carrying huge and heavy religious floats through the old town's narrow streets.
2008 Alicante is home to and port of departure for the Volvo Ocean Race, the world's toughest and most prestigious around
the world yacht race.