Passengers wishing to travel from London to Alicante by train will need to make the journey in stages. A Eurostar train leaves from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord several times a day. From here passengers will need to cross Paris by metro or taxi to the Gare du Lyon. The double-decker TGV Duplex train makes the next stage to Barcelona. The train from London to Paris takes approximately 2.5 hours, followed by a 6.5 hour journey down to Barcelona. Travellers will then need to spend a night in the city before continuing their journey on the EuroMed train which leaving at 7:00 a.m. and arriving in Alicante approximately 5 hours later.
A good way to get a taste of Alicante's past as well as a panoramic view of the city and harbour is to visit the Castle of Santa Barbara on the top of Mount Benacantil. Walk the narrow, winding streets up to the castle, or take the elevator built into the mountain. The castle is one of the largest in Spain and rivals the Alhambra in Granada as an example of Moorish architecture. After viewing the castle, visitors can explore the old town of Alicante laid out at the foot of the mountain.