Alicante Weather August Averages, Spain
What's the Weather like in Alicante in August
August is the height of summer in Alicante, with high temperatures, long, sunny days, and little to no rainfall. The perfect beach weather means it's also peak season, so expect every inch of sand to be crammed full of tourists sunbathing.
There are around 10 hours of sunshine each day, with average temperatures of 26C and highs of 31C. It's likely be extremely hot; the highest temperature ever recorded in the area at this time is over 40C. Overnight lows shouldn't be too severe, temperatures usually only falling to around 21C. Several nights of the month the temperature will hover at around 26C, while air masses from North Africa influence the weather in Alicante.
And with high levels of humidity year round in Alicante (around 70%), it will feel even warmer.
It may be quite windy in the afternoons and the weather is dominated by sea breezes, determining the temperature and precipitation. Sea breezes will help to mediate the high temperatures but, equally, will occasionally bring dust storms when the air currents come from the North African Sahara. These are likely to be mild and short lived, causing little to no disruption. However, visitors suffering from asthma may find the dust acerbates their condition.
While August is generally considered quite a dry month, like the rest of the season, Alicante receives some rainfall year round and it's likely to rain heavily for short periods at this time. The rain provides a welcome respite from the heat and helps to clear any of the lingering effects of the dust storms. Alicante expects an average of 8mm of rainfall over one day in August, and the largest amount of rainfall recorded over a 24 hour period at this time was 82mm.
Alicante Hotels in August#
Hotel Cervantes is a budget hotel in the centre of Alicante. The facilities are fairly limited but the rooms are comfortable and clean, and with the delights of the town right on the doorstep it's perfect for getting and out and seeing the sights.
NH Hotel Rambla
The three star NH Hotel Rambla is an excellent mid-range choice for accommodation. While there are few facilities, the hotel itself is very modern and real care has been taken to provide every comfort and convenience to guests.
Alicante Beach in August
If you've exhausted all the fine beaches close to Alicante, head up the coast to Benidorm or Javea to find some unexplored sand.
Levante Bay is one of Benidorm's most popular beaches with families and older holidaymakers, thanks to its safe seas and blue flag status. There are a variety of watersports on offer here, but generally people visit the bay for the tranquillity of its setting. Levante is known as the sunrise beach and is perfect for soaking up those early morning rays.
La Granadella in Javea is a firm favourite with diving photographers, thanks to its clear turquoise waters. The pine forest which surrounds it provides a natural windbreak, so it's also perfect for sunbathing. It may not boast as many facilities as some of the other beaches, but it is certainly very picturesque.
Bars and Restaurants
La Macana serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a warm, rustic atmosphere. The rice and gazpachos, as well as homemade desserts and delicious local cheeses, come highly recommended.
Nou Manolin was established in 1972, and named after a forgotten neighbourhood bar. The menu includes fish cooked in a salt crust, delectable paella, several kinds of stew, fresh shellfish, and a wide selection of Iberian wines. Although Nou Manolin specialises in Paella dishes, it's also well known for Tapas and is an excellent choice for Spanish cuisine.
Things to do in Alicante in August
Parque Lo Morant
Parque Lo Morant, located between the neighbourhoods of Virgen del Remedio and Virgen del Carmen, in the north of the city, has lovely wide, flat, shady walkways. With an interesting layout of sculptural plants and minimalist water features, it also boasts a large open-air auditorium, used for summer performances.
Parque de la Ereta
Parque de la Ereta in the historic centre of Alicante, is one of the city's modern parks. Designed by French architect to reflect the ideals of natural harmony, it has a wonderful walkway from Santa Barbara Castle to the old town, as well as cafes for refreshment midway through your walk.
Tabarca is the largest natural island located in the Autonomous Community of Valencia. It is administratively dependent on the city of Alicante and popular with tourists. Sometimes called 'Flat Island', Tabarca is located eleven miles off the coast of Alicante. Maritime lines are available from the mainland. It has a fascinating history of piracy and the waters surrounding the island have been declared a marine nature reserve. It's the perfect spot for relaxing, doing a spot of exploring, or for diving and activities that make the most of the pristine waters.