Alicante: December Weather AveragesDaily averages for December
|Sunshine Hours||5 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||43 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||20 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||15 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||17 %|
Daily averages for December
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Averages for Alicante in December
December sees the start of the winter season in Alicante. Temperatures drop rapidly by the end of the month, though conditions do tend remain relatively temperate and pleasant throughout; it’s unlikely to be truly cold in Alicante.
There are still five hours of sunshine in the month, with average temperatures of 13C and highs of 18C. The arrival of a fast moving cold front from across the mountains makes it unlikely that temperatures will rise much above 14C most days. Sea temperatures are also much cooler at this time, only reaching around 17C. The high humidity (around 70%) in Alicante will make it feel a little warmer. Overnight, temperatures are likely to fall to a low of 8C or below. While it’s no longer beach weather, its still likely to be quite pleasant for sightseeing and other activities.
There should be little cloud cover or fog at this time, and relatively little precipitation. Alicante only expects an average of 24mm of rainfall over 5 days in December. Rainfall usually coincides with light showers and strong north westerly winds, though the mountains do block all but the worst of the cold fronts carrying the rain.
Alicante is usually drier than other areas of the country thanks to its unique topography and microclimate. Seville for example, expects around 79mm of rainfall over 8 days in December; nearly three times as much as Alicante. Barcelona expects 40mm of rainfall over 8 days. The weather is somewhat different on the north east coast, in Barcelona, where the climate is largely determined by westerly winds from the Atlantic. Barcelona is also generally cooler, due to its position on an elevated plateau.
Where to Stay
The Tryp Gran Sol Hotel has a fantastic, central location, opposite the sea, with rooms that boast spectacular panoramic views. The facilities are fairly limited but there is a sauna and vouchers are offered to the nearby spa. The hotel primarily caters to business travel, so don’t expect much in the way of amenities.
TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel.
The Ibis Alicante epitomises no-frills, budget accommodation. Located on the sea front, the location is undoubtedly excellent and rooms at an Ibis hotel are generally quite comfortable. However, the hotel offers very few amenities, and the location is not quite central enough to make up for that fact.
Things to Do
If you’re feeling adventurous, and don’t mind heights, Adventure Costa Blanca offers a range of skydiving lessons (novice or advanced) and experiences which are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping! If you’re not quite that brave, there’s always paragliding. Book through your hotel or directly with Adventure Costa Blanca.
Monte Benacantil, with its pine and eucalyptus trees, is considered the green lung of the city. It’s a wonderful place for a bike ride or a gentle hike.
El Palmeral, on the outskirts of the city, is a lovely park and boasts some amazing waterfalls, lakes and hundreds of palm trees.
Parque el Palmeral, Alicante.
Tabarca is a must see during any trip to the Costa Blanca. Of particular interest are the tower of St Joseph, Church of Saint Peter and Paul and the Governors House, which is now a hotel. In 1964, the town of Tabarca was declared a national monument for historic and artistic interest.
Eat & Drink
Puerto Di Roma is one of the biggest and most modern clubs in the city, pumping out the very best dance music until 6am. It’s ideal for those who want to party all night.
Ay Carmela is a popular club in the port area, playing the very best of Spanish music and European hits.
Potato Bar may be slightly more on the expensive side, but plays the very best of funk and house music and often hosts live performances, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Restaurant La Piazzetta is a popular Italian restaurant in the city and there’s no restaurant in Alicante that offers higher quality. The food is delicious, made using top-quality ingredients. The pasta, in particular, comes highly recommended.
December events in Alicante
Fairground and children’s rides
1st December 2015 to 31st December 2015
This is a large venue where children can enjoy rides, games, workshops, and a circus. It is set up from the beginning of December and carries on right through. It takes place in the Exponadal area.
Christmas Craft Market
1st December 2015 to 6th January 2016
The Christmas Craft Market will be selling a selection of goodies but mainly figurines for traditional nativity displays.
6th December 2015
December 6th is Constitution Day in Spain (Día de la Constitución) and is a national public holiday. It marks the anniversary of the 1978 Referendum in which the Spanish people overwhelmingly approved the current Spanish Constitution.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
8th December 2015
Alicante celebrate the festival in honour of the Immaculate Conception. Belief in the most pure and sinless conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary without Original Sin.
New Years Eve/ Nochevieja
31st December 2015 to 1st January 2016
On 31st December, there are a number of fireworks displays lighting up the city, as well as a heap of party celebrations livening up the streets, as Alicante welcomes the New Year and a little bags of lucky grapes are handed out to be eaten as the clock strikes midnight.
Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas Day
6th December 2015
The local Santa Claus rides around the Old Town on a white horse, giving toys to the little boys and girls.
Christmas Nativity Market
19th December 2015 to 24th December 2015
There will be some 50 craft stalls in the Plaza. These will be accompanied by live music, activities and games for the children and a living nativity scene complete with some of the animals that Mary and Joseph shared the stable with.