Spain is a country steeped in history, with an amazing amount of fantastic museums, castles, monuments and ancient ruins. The Archaeological Museum of Alicante, as well as being rated one of the best museums in Spain, received the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award in 2004. Established in 1932, the museum is located on Plza. Dr. Gomez Ulla in the heart of Alicante City.
Alicante’s Museum Of Archaeology
Alicante’s Archaeological Museum will take visitors on a journey through history, providing them with the opportunity to explore their various galleries based on urban, field and underwater archaeology by means of audio – visual and written presentations. There are themed galleries depicting the history of Spain through all the ages, from Prehistory to modern day. The galleries also provide visitors with modern interactive consoles, giving a more in-depth description and information on the items on display. Throughout the year the museum exhibits temporary displays from private collectors and other museums.
Other Popular Museums In Alicante
The province of Alicante encompasses most of the Costa Blanca and is blessed with miles of fine sandy beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and fragrant citrus orchards. It is home to some remarkable museums and stunning National Monuments, too numerous to mention. Below are just a few of the fantastic museums in Alicante and in this post we cover more popular places & things to do in Alicante during your visit.
Nativity Scene Museum, Alicante City
Nativity scenes have been a tradition in Spain for centuries, and each home, village, town and city proudly display their creations in a similar way other countries display Christmas trees. These can range from a humble window display, to huge nativity scenes that are works of art in themselves, displayed in the towns and cities throughout the country. Located in Alicante’s Old Quarter, the Museo de Belenes is housed in a typical 19th century building and displays a collection of nativity scenes from around the world. The Museum is open at different times throughout the year and entrance is free. Spain is well worth a visit during the celebration of the Three Kings where some towns and cities boast nativity scenes so large and elaborate that they would not fit in the entire museum !! Although educational, these displays are fun for all the family and have humorous satirical figures hidden within the displays inviting onlookers to search for them in a kind of egg hunt.
Delfin Submarine Museum, Torrevieja
Located at Torrevieja’s inner harbour, the Delfin museum is an actual submarine that was donated to Torrevieja’s town hall when it was taken out of service. The submarine was then expertly restored and opened to the public in 2004. The Delfin is a Daphne S-61 class submarine and measures just under 58 metres in length and 6.8 metres at it’s widest point. When in operation the Delfin could remain submerged for up to a month and could travel for 4,500 nautical miles without refueling, with a top speed of 15.5 knots. The Delfin Submarine Museum, Torrevieja has an entrance fee of 2€. The opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm but is closed on rainy days and festival days.
Guadalest Valley Museums, Benidorm
One of the most visited attractions in Spain is the breathtaking Guadalest Valley. Situated about 25 kilometres from Benidorm and reached by a steep and windy road that passes through the quaint village of Polop before ending at the Castle high above the valley. The views from the castle ramparts are stunning and take in the entire valley all the way down to the Bay of Altea. The castle village is home to 4 small museums that are often overlooked but well worth a visit. The Museum of miniatures is a firm favourite and has a wonderful display of locally crafted miniature figures, paintings, buildings and landmarks. The art museum of Ribera Girona includes a Magic Garden displayed at the foot of the Castle. There is a Museum of Doll Houses that will keep young girls enthralled with their beautifully decorated doll houses, nativity scenes and assortment of other models. To discover more about the history of the area, how their homes were built and what tools and instruments the locals used, visit the Ethnological Museum of the Valley of Guadalest.