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Alicante Airport provides direct access to the dazzling Costa Blanca, the resort town of Benidorm, and Alicante itself. It is one of the busiest airports in Spain, handling around 10 million passengers a year. Getting to the city and the nearby beaches from the airport, which is located 10kms from Alicante, is best done by booking car hire in Alicante Airport.
The single terminal has almost 100 check-in desks and up-to-date facilities. Services include cash machines and currency exchange booths, along with duty-free shops, several cafés and restaurants at the Costa Blanca Plaza, and multi-level parking.
Spain offers some of the cheapest rates for vehicle rental in Europe, and booking online before you travel is now considered the best way to make a saving. The airport has desks for all the main suppliers, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt, along with local suppliers Centauro and Sol-Mar. The drive into town is straightforward via a coastal road, while Benidorm can be reached by motorway.
While it is best to avoid driving in Alicante or Benidorm, as both resorts get busy and are tough to park in, a car is a convenient means to get between the main beaches. Be sure to compare car hire before visiting Alicante as driving conditions are generally good and there is much to see.
One of the top sights near Alicante is the Candelabra Caves, which are situated about 25kms to the north of town. Benidorm is also to the north, while the stunning beaches of Altea and Calpe sit even farther north. By booking car rental in Alicante Airport you can travel inland to the beautiful Jalon Valley and take in the sites of Javea and Denia.
Alicante and the Costa Blanca have a mild climate. This coastal region is not as hot as the Costa del Sol so it is nice to visit even in July and August. Average temperatures at this time of year are 25°C. It is also nice to visit in spring and autumn when temperatures sit in the low 20s (°C), while winters are mild to cool. For the beach and water sports, the best time to visit is May to October.