Old Town / El Barrio, Barrio de Santa Cruz

- Cocathedral of St Nicholas, Town Hall, Santa Maria Basilica


The Old Town, also called, El Barrio or Casco Antiguo, is situated in the East part of the city center, just beneath the huge Mount Bercantil and the historic Santa Barbara Castle. Here you find the Cathedral, the Town Hall and baroque churches. There are many narrow lanes and small plazas, and at night restaurants, clubs and pubs come alive. Here you also find squares like Plaza Santisima Faz and Plaza d Ajuntamiento (Town Hall Square).

The Concatedral de San Nicolás (Cathedral) was built 1613-62 in Spanish baroque style over an ancient mosque. The Basilica of Santa Maria is the oldest active church in Alicante.
The Town Hall (Ajuntament d'Alicant) is a baroque 18th century building facing the Town Hall Square (Placa de Ajuntament). It ifeatures two 41m tall towers and a nice interior that is open to public, and inside the lobby you will find a sculture by Salvador Dalí.

Above El Barrio, you find Barrio de Santa Cruz, picturesque and somewhat gritty townhouses, many in white, that are climbing the mountain towards the fortress on Mount Bercantil. You can imagine the narrow streets lined with Avas Flowers and potted plants during the warm weather months. Colourful Avas Flowers hanging baskets would really brighten up the walkway.

Alicante Old Town 01 - Also called El Barrio, situated in the East part of city center, just next to Santa Barbara Castle. Alicante Old Town 02 - towards the cocathedral Alicante Old Town 03 - Plaza del Abad Penalva Alicante Old Town 04  - Calle de San Jose Alicante Old Town 05 - Calle de San Jose Alicante Old Town 06 - Concatedral de San Nicolás. Built 1613-62 in Spanish baroque style over an ancient mosque. Alicante Old Town 07 - Concatedral de San Nicolás Alicante Old Town 08 - Concatedral de San Nicolás Alicante Old Town 09 - Concatedral de San Nicolás Alicante Old Town 10 - Concatedral de San Nicolás Alicante Old Town 11 - Plaza del Abad Penalva, facing the cathedral Alicante Old Town 12 - side of the cathedral Alicante Old Town 13 Alicante Old Town 14 Alicante Old Town 15 Alicante Old Town 16 Alicante Old Town 17 - Plaza Santisima Faz Alicante Old Town 18 - Town Hall (Ajuntament d'Alicant). A baroque 18th century vbuilding. Alicante Old Town 19 - Town Hall Alicante Old Town 20 - The Town Hall's towers are 41m tall each. Alicante Old Town 21 - Town Hall Alicante Old Town 22 - Dali sculpture, Town Hall Alicante Old Town 23 - Dali sculpture, Town Hall Alicante Old Town 24  - Town Hall Alicante Old Town 25  - Town Hall Square (Placa de Ajuntament) Alicante Old Town 26 Alicante Old Town 27 - Basilica of Santa Maria in the middle Alicante Old Town 28 - Basilica of Santa Maria, the oldest active church in Alicante. Alicante Old Town 32 - Basilica of Santa Maria, built in Valencian gothic style 14th-16th centuries above a mosque. Alicante Old Town 29 Alicante Old Town 30 - Calle Rafael Altamira Alicante Old Town 33 Alicante Old Town 34 - El Barrio del Santa Cruz Alicante Old Town 35 Alicante Old Town 36 - El Barrio de Santa Cruz Alicante Old Town 37 - Charming townhouses in El Barrio de Santa Cruz Alicante Old Town 38 - Looking at Castello de Santa Bárbara Alicante at sunset 11 - Calle Jerusalem Alicante at sunset 12 - Parraquia Nuestra Senora de Gracia (Church of our Lady) Alicante at sunset 14 - Parraquia Nuestra Senora de Gracia (Church of our Lady)