Alicante experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, perfect for exploring its historic castle, old town and waterfront, gastronomic delights and legendary night scene.
Alicante weather averages and climate information
Alicante, in eastern Spain, is perhaps known best for being the gateway to the resorts of Benidorm and others on this stretch of coastline. It tends to have mild winters, hot summers, lots of sunshine and relatively little rain.
When is the best time to visit Alicante?
The summer high season coincides with the hottest and driest part of the year, which is roughly June through to September.
On average July and August see very little rain, with an average of 10 or 11 hours of sunshine each day during these months. Temperatures can reach 40 Celsius or more at their hottest, and daily averages temperatures peak at 30.7 Celsius in June. The festival of Hogueras de San Juan takes place 20-24 June, when a few days of parades and heavy revelry reach a crescendo, with the burning of effigies on the night of 23 June.
For those seeking winter warmth as well some welcome sunshine, Alicante experiences some of the highest winter daytime temperatures of anywhere in mainland Europe, with daily averages of 16-17 Celsius, and rainfall amounts are low, particularly through January and February. Snow has not fallen here since 1926!
Alicante tourist information
Alicante is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name. A historic Mediterranean port, the city has numerous sites, including the Castle of Santa Bárbara, which sits on a hill high above the old quarter (there is a lift up the hill if you don’t fancy the strenuous walk in the summer heat). The waterfront is also a lovely place to wander, lined with palm trees and paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles.
Additionally there are numerous museums to wander around, should you be unlucky and get a wet day. Alicante offers a decent night out – with the old quarter offering a plethora of bars and eateries, casinos and clubs. If a riotous weekend is a bit much for you, come a week night, the old streets leading back from the waterfront towards the city centre offer a more laid-back scene.