The Port of Alicante is an important port for commercial and passenger traffic in Spain. In the context of modernization works in the 1990s and early 2000s, industrial facilities like installations for the storage of petroleum were removed from the coast side.
The port promenade was completely renewed. Modern business and storage buildings were built. Today, the Port of Alicante offers an attractive mix of restaurants, bars, clubs, nautical schools and sailing clubs. It fits well into the coastline, and it creates a better environment for locals and tourists. It is a nice place to have dinner in the evening, and enjoy some fun time in the casino or a bar.
Though there were still quite some projects to turn the port into a bigger industrial estate in the last years, the citizens of Alicante demonstrated against these plans. So far, they’ve been successful in preventing these ideas.
An impressive replica of the Spanish Galleon Santísima Trinidad (originally built in Havana, Cuba; launched 1769) is moored in the Port of Alicante. It is actually a steel merchant ship that was given a fake wooden coating and masts were mounted on it. The interior of the ship is very well done with a lot of details. Displays showing life on and between decks make you feel like being back in the 1700s. It is a must-see for maritime fans, and really fun for children. You can also visit a restaurant inside.