Thursday, January 27, 2011

Know Alicante: La Explanada (The Esplanade)

It is a seafront promenade, originally built with rubble from the historic city walls, stealing area from the sea. The current design was built during the past century in image of the Copacabana seaside area (Brazil) with over 6 million mosaic tiles to draw a tricolor pattern (White, Blue, and "Red Alicante", as it is a special red stone extracted only in this area) and they symbolize the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. There are also four rows of palm trees that run from end to end.

It is a hallmark of Alicante, a meeting point for those who enjoy evening walks. You find hundreds of elderly people who enjoy sitting on chairs made of wood along the walk, and also a young crowd as here you find some of the best ice cream parlors in the city and many stalls where you can buy original gifts. From time to time, it's the scene of concerts by the Municipal Band and local rock groups.

1 comment:

  1. The best description someone could write!!!! You all will be able to see this walk among palm trees, it is very beautiful indeed :)

    And, La Explanada is also very close to the port! you can see all the ships from there... I love it, really. And, for those who like hippie stuff such necklaces, bags, rings... there's a long row of those stands at the end of the walk. I always love to stop at each one of them for a couple of minutes!


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