Alicante

Alicante

Alacant
City
Puerto de Alicante desde el Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Explanada de España
Edificio Gran Sol Alicante
Concatedral de San Nicolás de Bari
Casa Carbonell
Casa Consistorial de Alicante
Playa del Postiguet
Clockwise from top: View of the harbour with the Castle of Santa Bárbara in the background, interior of the Cathedral of Saint Nicolas of Bari, Casa Consistorial de Alicante, Playa del Postiguet, Casa Carbonell, view down the Explanada de España and Gran Sol.
Flag of Alicante
Flag
Coat of arms of Alicante
Coat of arms
Alicante is located in Spain
Alicante
Alicante
Location of Alicante within Spain
Coordinates: 38°20′43″N 0°28′59″W / 38°20′43″N 0°28′59″W / 38.34528; -0.48306

Alicante (i/, also UK: /, Spanish: [aliˈkante]; Valencian: Alacant [alaˈkant])[a] is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 330,525, estimated as of 2016, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city.[2] Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents.[3] The population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 757,085 as of 2014 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.[4]

Vista de Alicante, España, 2014-07-04, DD 49.JPG

Toponymy

The name of the city echoes the Arabic name Laqant (لَقَنْت) or Al-Laqant (ألَلَقَنْت), which in turn reflects the Latin Lucentum.[5]