Dare to think beyond Barcelona and Madrid when you are in Spain. I found this gem of a city while traveling south of Valencia, enjoying the drive along the coast with views of Mediterranean Sea. The city had a certain charm and I couldn't stop myself from spending couple of days in the city. Being a port city it is always nice to spend some time at the port. The most charming part of the city that attracted me was the Santa Bárbara castle situated on Mount Benacantil, overlooking the city. The best part was you don't have to climb up the mountain to visit the castle, their is a lift which takes you straight up the castle in a jiffy. Alicante is also the headquarters and the starting point of Volvo Ocean Race, the famous yacht race around the world.