After an early morning rush up to the castle, I had an afternoon to explore the rest of the historic centre.
Town Hall was a baroque palace from the 19th century. This is also "cota cero", the reference point from which the height of any place in the country is measured.
The current San Nicholas Co-Cathedral dates back to the 17th century. It is shaped in a Latin cross with plenty of baroque elements.
With a history going back to the 14th century, Santa Maria Basilica is the oldest church in the city. It was built on the ruins of a mosque.
The historic centre is quite small and compact, and the sights are easily walkable from each other. My accommodation was right in the middle of the action for only 36 euros a night so I wasted no time commuting to start my single full day in town.
A light rail network connects points further east all the way to Benidorm with the city centre.
I had originally booked a flight to Madrid at 10:55pm, but the prospect of having Ryanair weigh and measure my hand carry under the threat of additional charges at boarding and venturing out of the airport into the city past midnight was not so pleasant, so I booked a train ride instead leaving at 8pm. That gave me enough time to visit the archaeological museum that was once a hospital.
I even had a little extra time for a quick bite before my train ride to Madrid.
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