On my first day in Alicante, I decided to visit the harbour and go to the beach. It was one of the best decisions I made as I ended up walking by the sea and admiring the beauty of La Explanada de España. It’s a beautiful street located next to the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, one the best-known landmarks of the city. It extends from the Plaza del Mar, which is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. It was built in 1922 by the order of Enrique Carbonell, a major manufacturer of Alcoy fabrics. I took several photos as its architecture is amazing, I had to show my friends! Currently the building houses large private homes and business premises to the Canalejas Park.

It is impossible not to enjoy la Explanada. The 500 meter long path is characterized by the mosaic art on the ground with wavy shapes, that represent that waves of the Mediterranean Sea, in three symbolic colors, a: Alicante red – a color that has irregularly distributed white spots, it is a unique shade in Europe, ivory cream –  a tone that is off-white, and Marquina black – a slightly bluish black. ¡Me gusta mucho the scatter of colors along the promenade! It runs parallel to the Paseo del Puerto and along the entire path there are four rows of huge palm trees that decorate it from start to finish. Along the promenade there are numerous craft shops and souvenir shops, as well as all kinds of artists such as painters, mimes and magicians. There are numerous cafes, ice cream parlors and large terraces where you can have a drink. Halfway down the Explanada, there is a large stage known as ‘la concha’, where classical music concerts and traditional dance performances are held. I think I need to go to one of those events… actually, I definitely  have to do it!

 

– A. Homańska