Averages for Alicante in July

Weather lowdown

July is the height of summer in Alicante, with long, dry, sunny days. It's also peak season, so expect the beaches to be crowded!

There are up to 11 hours of sunshine each day in July and the average temperature is 25C, with highs of 30C. Sea temperatures are correspondingly warm, peaking at 15C on average mid-month. The temperature shouldn't fall too far overnight, with average lows of just 20C. There may even be a few nights when the tempera...

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Weather lowdown

July is the height of summer in Alicante, with long, dry, sunny days. It's also peak season, so expect the beaches to be crowded!

There are up to 11 hours of sunshine each day in July and the average temperature is 25C, with highs of 30C. Sea temperatures are correspondingly warm, peaking at 15C on average mid-month. The temperature shouldn't fall too far overnight, with average lows of just 20C. There may even be a few nights when the temperature hovers above 25C, thanks to the influence of North African air masses. Alicante is quite humid year round (about 70% humidity is expected in July), which will make the high temperatures at this time of year feel even hotter. While afternoon sea breezes do help to mediate the heat somewhat, on days when they fail to arrive the temperature is likely to spike at around 40C.

On the hottest days, there may be occasional dust storms as air masses move across Spain from the Sahara; these signal the arrival of the highest temperatures. Dust storms in Alicante are usually quite mild and unlikely to cause any disruption. However, visitors suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions should be aware that they will be aggravated by the dust.

July is likely to be quite dry, with only 4mm of rainfall expected over one day in the month. It's a similar story across the country with only 10mm of rainfall expected in Almeria, 20mm in Barcelona and just 1mm of rainfall inland in Seville. Thanks to Alicante's unique topography, year round it is usually drier than many other areas of the country.

Tarbaca Island streets in Alicante

Tarbaca Island streets in Alicante

Where to Stay

Husa Alicante Golf & Spa Husa, on the grounds of Alicante Golf and a 10-minute walk from the beach, is perfect for golf enthusiasts. Many of the rooms boast a view of the 18th hole of the par-72 course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros, and considered one of the best golf courses in Spain. If you don't play, not to worry because the other facilities are also excellent! The pool area, in particular, is beautiful and the spa offers a range of luxurious treatments if you're in need of some pampering. Not to mention the fabulous views from the restaurant terrace.

The Hotel Mio Cid is an excellent mid-range choice, with attractive Mediterranean-style décor and range of very pleasant facilities including restaurant and bar.

The lighthouse located on the West coast of Tarbaca Island

The lighthouse located on the West coast of Tarbaca Island 

Things to Do

Kite surfing is pretty popular among extreme sports enthusiasts, and there are some great spots for it not too far from Alicante. Book lessons at your hotel and head up to San Juan to catch the stable termic south, south east and south west winds between February and November. In the winter months, visit El Altet instead. The winds are just as good, but El Altet is located on a popular beach so the sport really only takes place here in the colder months when there are less sunbathers.

Canalejas Park is the oldest park in the city. It was created in 1886 by the architect Gonzolez Altus and boasts stone sculptures at the entrance, fountains, children's play area and a map of Spain carved out of stone. Not to mention, a huge collection of rubber plants if you're interested in horticulture. Once inside, make sure to visit the monument to writer Carlos Arniches.

Tabarca Island Blue Sea

Tabarca Island Blue Sea

Hit the Beach

Cabo de las Huertas is sheltered by some fairly rugged coastline and includes three picturesque coves. It should be quite quiet at this time as it's more difficult to access. Be warned, two of the coves (Cala Palmera and Cala Cantelalares) have been dedicated as nudist areas. You might want to bear that in mind before you decide to sunbathe there, or pack some extra sunscreen if you want to join in!

A short train ride away, El Campello has two very popular and beautiful beaches, with all the facilities you might expect in a busy tourist area. Bars and fine restaurants spill out onto the promenade, which winds around the beaches. Both have lovely, soft white sands, watersports facilities and gently shelving shores safe for children. The working marina is just a short walk away down the promenade, and if you get there early enough you can watch the boats coming in and out to unload their catch. Not to mention, the weekly fish market is very entertaining.

Eat & Drink

Katagorri serves delicious, authentic Mediterranean food with a spicy twist. The hot Tapas in particular is very good. Located near the San Juan beach, the tables on the outdoor terrace offer lovely views out over the sand.

La Darsena, established in the 1950s, is famous for rice and seafood dishes. With over 100 different varieties of rice on the menu, there's plenty of choice! Since it is very popular with the locals and tourists, at mid-day it gets quite over-crowded. The typical Alicantino rice or local seafood, arroz con magro y verduras (pork and vegetables) come highly recommended. There are also some delicious desserts on offer, like "helado de turrón", a Darsena speciality. Located in the Port complex, this restaurant is little pricy but it's worth it for the exciting menu and charming views out over the marina.

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