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Living in Alicante

 

Alicante is a port city and great tourist attraction in the southeastern Spanish Mediterranean coast. As a provincial capital with a population of about 330,000 people, it is the second largest city in the Valencian Community.

Unlike other cities in the area, it has grown by integrating access to the sea into its urban framework, thereby creating a wonderful link with the Mediterranean.

Climate

It has pleasant Mediterranean climate with mostly mild temperatures and little rainfall throughout the year.

The temperature ranges between January’s high and low of 16.8 C° and 6.2 C° and August’s high and low of 30.6 C° and 20.4 C°. The average annual temperature is 17.8 Cº.

History

A melting pot, Iberians, Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians and Arabs have passed through it and left their mark. Undoubtedly, all of these cultural influences and the open mindset of its people have made it the modern and open city that it is today.

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Economy

The city’s economy is linked to the fact that it is a provincial capital and is mainly based in the service sector, which employed 85.7% of the working population in 2007

Tourism has been a driving force in the development of the city.

Historically, commerce is the most predominant economic activity, with the port as the main reference point. The city’s commercial activities are a great magnet for most of the province and border regions. It is currently ranked fifth in economic activity in Spain only surpassed by such cities as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.