15 Facts About Alicante


Alicante is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain.

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Alicante was conquered again in 1247 by the Castilian king Alfonso X, but later passed to the Kingdom of Valencia in 1296 with King James II of Aragon.

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Conditions worsened in the early 18th century; after the War of Spanish Succession, Alicante went into a long, slow decline, surviving through the 18th and 19th centuries by making shoes and growing agricultural produce such as oranges and almonds, and thanks to its fisheries.

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Alicante was the last city loyal to the Republican government to be occupied by General Franco's troops on 1 April 1939, and its harbour saw the last Republican government officials fleeing the country.

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Alicante had fostered strong links with Oran in the past, and a notable share of the population of the latter city during the French colonial period had ancestry in the province of Alicante.

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Port of Alicante has been reinventing itself since the industrial decline the city suffered in the 1980s .

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Alicante is located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The latest of many public battles concerns the plans of the Port Authority of Alicante to construct an industrial estate on reclaimed land in front of the city's coastal strip, in breach of local, national, and European regulations.

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Alicante was supported by the votes from his group, plus those from leftist parties Guanyar Alacant and Compromis, as well as from the centre-right party Ciudadanos .

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Alicante has mild winter temperatures, hot summers, and little rain, concentrated in equinoctial periods.

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Alicante enjoys one of the sunniest and warmest winter daytime temperatures in mainland Europe.

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In 2013, the Madrid–Levante high-speed rail network was extended to Alicante station, allowing AVE high-speed rail services to link to Madrid via Villena AV, Albacete-Los Llanos and Cuenca-Fernando Zobel.

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Alicante Tram connects the city with outlying settlements along Costa Blanca.

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Alicante had two football teams, but now has only one, Hercules CF, which currently competes in the Second Division B - Group 3.

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Alicante serves as headquarters and the starting point of the Volvo Ocean Race, a yacht race around the world.

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