Virtual tour of Alicante. Panorama of Alicante. Maps, travel, photos, videos.

 [+]
Description  panorama

Alicante

POI: 38.345278, -0.483056
Alicante (/ˌælᵻˈkæntiˌ -teɪ/, Spanish: [aliˈkante]), or Alacant (Valencian: [alaˈkant]), both the Spanish and Valencian being official names, 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 328,648, estimated as of 2015, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents. 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.
Toponymy
The name of the city echoes the Arabic name Laqant (لَقَنْت) or Al-Laqant (ألَلَقَنْت), which in turn reflects the Latin Lucentum.
History
The area around Alicante has been inhabited for over 7000 years. The first tribes of hunter gatherers moved down gradually from Central Europe between 5000 and 3000 BC. Some of the earliest settlements were made on the slopes of Mount Benacantil. By 1000 BC Greek and Phoenician traders had begun to visit the eastern coast of Spain, establishing small trading ports and introducing the native Iberian tribes to the alphabet, iron and the pottery wheel. By the 3rd century BC, the rival armies of Carthage and Rome began to invade and fight for control of the Iberian Peninsula. The Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca established the fortified settlement of Akra Leuka (Greek: Ἄκρα Λευκή, meaning "White Mountain" or "White Point"), where Alicante stands today. Although the Carthaginians conquered much of the land around Alicante, the Romans would eventually rule Hispania Tarraconensis for over 700 years. By the 5th century AD, Rome was in decline and the Roman predecessor town of Alicante, known as Lucentum (Latin), was more or less under the control of the Visigothic warlord Theudimer. However neither the Romans nor the Goths put up much resistance to the Arab conquest of Medina Laqant in the 8th century. The Moors ruled southern and eastern Spain until the 13th century Reconquista (Reconquest). Alicante was finally taken in 1246 by the Castilian king Alfonso X, but it passed soon and definitively to the Kingdom of Valencia in 1298 with King James II of Aragon. It gained the status of Royal Village (Vila Reial) with representation in the medieval Valencian Parliament (Corts Valencianes). After several decades of being the battlefield where the Kingdom of Castile and the Crown of Aragon clashed, Alicante became a major Mediterranean trading station exporting rice, wine, olive oil, oranges and wool. But between 1609 and 1614 King Felipe III expelled thousands of Moriscos who had remained in Valencia after the Reconquista, due to their cooperation with Barbary pirates who continually attacked coastal cities and caused much harm to trade. This act cost the region dearly; with so many skilled...   ... (English)
Alicante - Deutsch -> English  Français -> English  Polska -> English  Italiano -> English  Español -> English  České -> English  Português -> English  Norske -> English  Svenska -> English  Magyar -> English  Danske -> English  Suomalainen -> English  
Alicante (stad) - Nederlandse -> English  
Аликанте - Русский -> English  Српска -> English  
Аліканте - Український -> English  
アリカンテ - 日本語 -> English  
Alacant - Català -> English  
Alikantė - Lietuvos -> English  
阿利坎特 - 简体中文 -> English  
by Panoramio
La Rambla de Mendez Nuñez decorada durante las Hogueras de San Juan
La Rambla de Mendez Nuñez decorada durante las Hogueras de San Juan
Stefan Tanner
go place
Alberto Parma, Cuky, Pedro y Ramón los mosqueteros de Panoramio.
Alberto Parma, Cuky, Pedro y Ramón los mosqueteros de Panoramio.
* Sayo *
go place
Alicante, Puerto deportivo
Alicante, Puerto deportivo
errece
go place
TRANSPARENCIAS,,,DE,,,Y,,,COLORES,,,,,
TRANSPARENCIAS,,,DE,,,Y,,,COLORES,,,,,
D. VERDU
go place
** Paseo de la Explanada de España **
** Paseo de la Explanada de España **
cuky
go place
Alacant
Alacant
© o.
go place
Espagne, le musée des carnavals des notables d'Alicante
Espagne, le musée des carnavals des notables d'Alicante
Roger-11
go place