Alicante will be the start port once again
Alicante, a city with over 3,000 years of history, is one of Spain’s principal destinations for sports, beach and leisure activities. The Santa Barbara Castle, one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses, overlooks the city’s harbour. The port of Alicante is the home of the Volvo Ocean Race and the Volvo Ocean Race Museum, which attracts many visitors to the region. Music events, festivals and recreational activities also make the port buzz as one of the city’s busiest hubs.
Over 100 beaches on the Valencian coast have been awarded the blue flag, recognition from the European Union of quality of water and sand as well as the services offered.
Alicante has an exceptional climate that is characterised by mild winters and hot summers, with an average annual temperature of over 18 degrees Celsius and around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year
The Explanada is one of the most popular promenades in Alicante. It is lined with four rows of palm trees and paved with 6.6 million tricolour marble tiles forming a wave effect mosaic. Other local parks and squares include Canalejas Park at the end of the Explanada, with spectacular lush vegetation including several 100-year old rubber plants, the romantic Gabriel Miró square and La Ereta Park, built on the slopes of Mount Benacantil and overlooking the bay and El Palmeral, on the outskirts of the city.
The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be the fourth time that Alicante has hosted the start, and the second since the race set up its permanent HQ in the city.
The next edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin in Autumn 2017 from Alicante, Spain.