This is what you can do and what you have to take into account when travelling to Alicante with kids, a perfect city to travel with the family all year round.
Alicante is a city prepared for travelling with kids and most of the places to visit can be accessed with a pushchair, either because the route can be done on foot or by public transport. Perhaps the “least accessible” place is the highest part of the Barrio de Santa Cruz which has some sections of stairs, but don’t worry you won’t miss it.
Take a look at our article on things to do in Alicante (with or without kids).
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The last time we visited Alicante, we spent a month living there and travelled to many places in the Valencian Community.
1. Santa Barbara Castle with kids
The Castle of Santa Barbara watches over the city of Alicante from the top of Mount Benacantil. That doesn’t make it any less accessible if you are travelling with a child or baby.
- Access to the Castle of Santa Barbara with children:
If you have a car to visit Alicante and the surrounding area, there is a car park at the top of the building where you can leave it. But if you are not travelling by car, the most comfortable way to get to the Castle of Santa Barbara is by the lift in front of the Postiguet Beach.
If you want to walk up, there are two possibilities. One is up through the Ereta park and the other through Monte Benacatil (on either side of the castle). It is best to use a carrier backpack to avoid damaging the wheels of the pushchair.
📷 Check here for the Santa Barbara Castle Guided Tour and book your place.
2. Alicante’s historic centre with kids
The historic centre of Alicante brings together many of the things to see in the city, such as the Carbonell House, the Town Hall, the Co-cathedral of San Nicolás de Bari and the Barrio de Santa Cruz.
A large part of the historic centre of Alicante can be visited on foot, so you can take your pushchair with you. There are some places with stairs, but with patience and looking for another street you can find your way up.
For example, access to the Basilica of Santa María in Alicante is via two parallel streets: Calle Mayor and Jorge Juan. Calle Mayor has no stairs but Jorge Juan does.
Another of the most complicated places is the Barrio de Santa Cruz, on the slopes of Mount Benacatil. There you can’t get away from the stairs, but you can still access a large part of the site.
3. Paseo Marítimo, Canalejas Park and the Children’s World
The whole promenade of Alicante, whether in front of the port or in front of the Postiguet beach, is perfect for a stroll with the children, both during the day and at night.
They can have fun running around in the Canalejas Park, which has plenty of shade thanks to its leafy trees and also has playground equipment for children.
Just opposite Canalejas Park is the Children’s World, a mini theme park for their entertainment.
Continuing along the promenade, there are restaurants and ice-cream parlours for a good time with the family, before crossing to the marina where the kids can amuse themselves watching the moored boats.
4. The beaches of Alicante
I’m not forgetting the beach! It is one of the family entertainments in summer as well as in winter, as there are several games for the little ones on the sand and along the promenade.
The city’s beach is the Postiguet beach, which stretches at the foot of Mount Benacantil and can be reached by public transport from different parts of Alicante. Being in the city, it is the most popular beach, sandy and with all the services.
A little further north is the beach of San Juan, accessible from Alicante by tram. It is a long sandy beach, very quiet and family friendly.
5. Museums in Alicante to visit with children
There are many museums in Alicante and the best of all is that they have a children’s calendar.
- Archaeology Museum: to learn about the history of Alicante since before it was Alicante, from the Palaeolithic era to the present day. See the children’s calendar and summer programme on their website.
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (el Maca): they usually organise guided tours for the whole family and activities exclusively for children, especially storytelling workshops. Check their agenda for this month and the following months here.
- Museum of Fine Arts Gravina of Alicante (MUBAG): there’s nothing more fun than touring a museum accompanied by period characters who narrate their relationship with some of the works on display. The dramatised guided tours are free of charge and must be booked in advance.
- The Ocean Race Museum: an interactive museum dedicated to the round-the-world sailing race. Children have access to many workshops and can also board one of these boats with the security (for parents) of being on land. The museum has a children’s library and a very full agenda aimed at the youngest visitors, above all raising awareness of the care of the seas and oceans. See more on their website.
6. Crossing to Tabarca Island with children
With this trip, we are going to make our children feel like real pirates by going to this island in the Mediterranean, one hour by boat from Alicante. I don’t know about you, but we were singing “we are pirates looking for treasure” by Pocoyó (I leave you the link to the song).
As far as accessibility is concerned, as we already mentioned in the article on Tabarca, you can take the pushchair on the boat and then the walled city can be explored perfectly.
📷 Buy in advance the ferry to the island of Tabarca from Alicante. It costs the same as buying it on the spot.
🔝 Check out our article about visit Tabarca Island from Alicante.
7. Touring the surroundings of Alicante with kids
If you don’t have a car, it’s easy to get around Alicante by tram from the city. You can go to Altea, Benidorm or Elche on any of the trains that pass through the centre (although you may have to make a mini-combination). If you are travelling in summer, it is best to avoid rush hour because there will be little room for the pushchair.
However, if you have a car, you can reach more remote places in the province of Alicante, such as the small coves of the Costa Blanca, the charming inland villages and have more time to enjoy the various theme parks (many of them are in Benidorm).
In our article on visit Alicante we have more tips on how to get there and where to sleep in the city, options for the whole family.
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