Alicante Memories

Visit Alicante's troubled past at the Civil War Air Raid Shelter and Museum, dedicated to the devastating Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. Then see how the city has recovered in the bright and bustling renovated central market, where merchants and shoppers vie for the best deal over fresh fruit, seafood, fruit and other goods.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 4 hours
New for 2018 - Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

At the pier, board a motor coach and drive to the air raid shelter and museum. While Alicante today is a beautiful port city, it suffered destruction and tragedy under bombs and attacks when the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936, dividing families, friends and neighbors in bitter battles throughout the country. The wounds are still raw for many, and this shelter museum lends some insight as to how the Alicante residents coped with the war. See where people retreated in the subterranean shelters to escape from the Italian fascist army bombs in 1938. Imagine hiding with your family in these cramped spaces.

For a change of vibe and venue, explore the central market next, which, although renovated after the war, looks much as it did 75 years ago. This flourishing market stands testament to the spirit of the people of Alicante – rising above adversity and re-establishing a treasured way of life.

Enjoy viewing the city sights on a panoramic drive, then steal some free time to shop or browse as you wish at the city center.

Important Notes:
Guests must be a minimum of 12 years old in order to participate. As this excursion involves negotiating steps at the air-raid shelter, walking on uneven ground, as well as to embark and debark the motor coaches, it is not recommended for guests with physical limitations, breathing problems such as asthma, or claustrophobia due to the underground reduced space in the shelter. It is recommended that guests dress casual, light comfortable clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.