With a population of around 60,000 Alcoy is one of the largest municipalities in the Valencian Community and also one of the furthest inland with in the Alicante province, being about 45 minutes from the coast by car. However Alicante City, the airport and Benidorm are all reachable within about an hour so and it is well located for days out or for flights to and from Europe.
As with many large inland places there is a lot to do without having to leave the city limits, from bike hire to bird watching. The tourist information will have full details of events and activities changing throughout the year. One “must see” event is the Moors and Christians festival in the early summer, regarded by many as the best in the region.
There are also numerous places to eat and drink and plenty of good shopping within the city.
The Costa Blanca North is the closest coastal area and attracts a large number of expatriates and is a region of contrasts, ranging from the night-life and lively atmosphere of Benidorm to sophisticated resorts and cities such as Alicante, Valencia, Denia and Javea .
It has numerous attractions including several golf courses, tennis clubs in most towns and an exciting range of gastronomic experiences from 3 Michelin starred dining to local tavernas offering “Menu del Dias” for just a few euros.
The region also has some of the best beaches in Spain, many of which fly the prestigious Blue Flag awards indicating purity of the water and that safety is a priority.
As there is a large expatriate population English is widely, although not universally, spoken especially on the coast.
There are also bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops and clubs which cater specifically for the British expatriate community.
The wonderful climate is of course the attraction for many, with over 300 days of sunshine a year and generally mild, dry weather even in the winter months.