Recently visited Alicante and the local region. Stayed with family in their 2 bed apartment at Alenda Golf near Montforte Del Cid. Been several times and we're never disappointed. The complex itself is not a holiday complex. It's residential with a lot of owner occupiers. About 70% Spanish to 30% other including quite a few British. It's about 20 minutes drive from the airport and you will need a car. Don’t think you can rely on public transport. The region is typically Spanish with few English speakers but the locals are so nice they will help you out. It's best if you get to grips with a little Españiol and oil the wheels. The complex has 2 pools and an 18 hole golf course attached. The golf is quite expensive though. The golf clubhouse just across the road is fantastic. Go for food or just a drink and be served by the nicest set of people I ever met.
Around and about are several towns and villages each with its own charm. Close by is the large town of Elche. This place comes alive every evening in the long summer and it really buzzes. Alicante itself is a beautiful city with a marina that is breathtaking. Tapas bars, restaurants and hotels everywhere. Sitting above the city is the imposing Castillo Santa Barbara. This is worth a visit if only for the views from the top and is accessed via lifts from the main street opposite the marina. Up the coast there is Benidorm, Calpe, Havia, Moraira. Drive south to Guardamar, Torrevieja, Santa Pola. The list goes on. All these places are within ten minutes to an hours’ drive from Alicante.
I love this region and can’t wait for Christmas when we go back.
Be adventurous. Get the phrase book out, book the flights and car. You'll love it!