Alicante is a province of eastern Spain, in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It is bordered by the provinces of Murcia on the southwest, Albacete on the west, Valencia on the north, and the Mediterranean Sea on the east. The province is named after its capital, the city of Alicante.
Alicante ranks as the 4th most populous province in Spain (after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) and has the largest ratio of foreigner population among all Spanish provinces.
The province is mountainous, especially in the north and west, whereas it is mostly flat to the south, in the Vega Baja del Segura area. The coast extends from the cape of Cap de la Nau, in the north to almost reaching the Mar Menor in the south. The only notable rivers are the Vinalopó, Serpis, and, especially, the river Segura. Other water courses are mostly ramblas (dry rivers which fill up with water when torrential rains occur).
There are important saline wetlands and marshlands along the coast such as Santa Pola and Torrevieja which attract both migratory and resident seabirds and waterbirds.
The coastal area of Alicante province is referred to as the Costa Blanca ( white coast ) and covers over 200kms. It extends from the town of Dénia in the north, beyond which lies the Costa del Azahar (or Costa dels Tarongers), to Pilar de la Horadada in the south, beyond which lies the Costa Cálida.
The Costa Blanca has long been a popular destination for English and other European visitors. It has something to offer everyone from the bustling nightlife, high risers and theme parks of Benidorm, to the still unspoilt and quieter coastal towns such as Altea and Javea.
Further inland, nestled among beautiful landscapes, towns such as Elche, Orihuela, Guadalest and Alcoi offer a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Alicante province offers the opportunity to discover the popular fiestas and celebrations, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, art, modernity and countless activities and events that will not fail to impress.