The city is believed to have been founded by the Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, who established the fortified settlement of Akra Leuka (Greek: Ἄκρα Λευκή, meaning 'White Mountain' or 'White Point'), where Alicante stands today. It was later conquered by the Romans who renamed it Lucentum. In mediaeval times, Alicante became a major Mediterranean trading station, exporting rice, wine, olive oil, oranges and wool. More recently the city has become a hub of tourism directed to the beaches of the Costa Blanca.
- Tourist Info Alicante, Rambla Méndez Núñez, 41 (near Plaza de San Cristobal), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa Su 10:00-14:00. The primary tourist office is open year round, and has free maps and brochures.
- Tourist Info Alicante Ayuntamiento, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1 (in the city hall), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 09:00-14:00 16:00-18:00, Sa Su 10:00-14:00.
- Tourist info Alicante Platja del San Juan, Avda de Niza, s/n (Playa de San Juan / San Juan Beach), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jul-Aug: daily 10:30-14:30 17:30-20:30.
- Tourist Info Alicante Renfe, Avda de Salamanca, s/n (in the main train station), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 09:30-14:00 16:30-19:00, Sa Su 10:00-14:00.
- Tourist info Alicante Aeropuerto, Aeropuerto El Altet, ☎ . Tu 09:00-19:00, W-F 09:30-15:00.