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Alicante is a city located in Spain and it is the capital of Alicante province . Sitting along the Costa Blanca, it is also a historic Mediterranean port. Until the global recession which started in 2008, Alicante was one of the fastest-growing cities in Spain. The boom partly depended on tourism directed to the beaches of the Costa Blanca. Alicante is a popular summer and winter resort destination on the Costa Blanca. The Bonfires of Saint John is the most important festival that is celebrated during summer. A week later this will be followed by five nights of firework and pyrotechnic contests between companies on the urban beach Playa del Postiguet. Another well-known festival is Moros i Cristians in Altozano or San Blas district. The city boasts a year-round nightlife for the enjoyment of tourists and residents.The nightlife social scene tends to shift to nearby Playa de San Juan (St. John's Beach) during the summer months. Every summer in Alicante, a two-month-long programme of music, theatre and dance is staged in the Paseo del Puerto. Tourists visit Alicante for a combination of leisure activities and cultural attractions.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara is one of the best attractions in Alicante. Located above the town, it seems to sprout from a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. The castle is open to the public for self-guided visits, as well as guided tours. Tourists are astounded by the castle's ancient halls, its fascinating history, and the stunning panoramic views. From this vantage point, the outlook stretches over the town, along the coastline, and to the hills in the north. Visitors can see La Torreta, the old keep; the splendid reception hall of Philip II; and the Revellín del Bon Repós rampart. Temporary exhibitions are also held at the castle throughout the year. Another place to visit is the Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, an archaeological museum. Visitors may take a journey through 100,000 years of history. The collection covers prehistory; the classical period of antiquity with Greek, Roman, and Iberian artifacts; and the Middle Ages. Themed galleries include those dedicated to Iberian culture, Roman civilization, and the medieval period. Highlights of the collection include the assortment of ancient coins, a figure of the goddess Tanit, and the Iberian ceramics.