Discover the traveler in you. Hans Christian Andersen and Alicante.
Learn or improve your Spanish and discover a fairytale city . On the occasion of the
celebration of the day of the Children’s Book in March; we discovered ,with our
students, the visit of the famous fairytale writer HC Andersen to Alicante. We recreated
the experiences he wrote about in his travel book so many years ago in 1862. Just as
when the travelers of the nineteenth century wandered through the streets and
boulevards described in his book, we saw not many things have changed.
Come and discover with us the friendly people from your first arrival: “The train
hastened on, but it was midnight before we reached Alicante (…) on our arrival at the
station at Alicante (…) But our good star was in the ascendant. We had a proof of the
Spanish people’s kind consideration for strangers.”
Listen to the joyful sound of our markets and be amazed by the variety of fruits and
vegetables: “Near Alameda, out by the sea-shore, one comes upon a low but long
building, a sort of bazaar for butchers, fishermen, and fruiterers… There was a
constant buzz of voices paleying between the sellers and the purchares. From the
meat and the fish markets, we passed to that of the vegetables; oranges lay here in
heaps like potatoes with us; colossal onions and grapes hung round the pillars, and
seemed to spring out of the dry wood.”
Taste the traditional Alicante wine, flavorful grapes, pink pomegranates, sweet cherries,
almonds, oranges …: “They brought us splendid fruits- firm, juicy muscatel grapes, and
sparkling wine, genuine Alicante. The sound of the sea was our music; the stars of
heaven, an illumination. It was summer night; and many, many such there were in
Relax on the “Explanada “, sit in one of its cafes and enjoy lively conversation with
friends ….: …” Whitewashed, flat-roofed houses with balconies, were the principal
features of the place.. Alameda looked like a fragment clipped from one o the
Boulevards of Paris… people were sitting there on the stone benches looking at the
Loiter around the old town, discover magnificent buildings, slender palm trees,
secluded romantic squares: “Outside of this place stretched the principal streets of the
town, with fine buildings, among which the town-hall stood prominently forth, with a
turret in each of is four corners. The cathedral was situated but a few steps from this…”
And above all, do not forget to enjoy magical nights, parties, dances, festivals ….: “For
the first time we heard next day of the Danish Consul, who, at about the distance of a
mile from town, had been celebrating a people’s festival. Ladies and gentlemen, in the
garbs of the common people, had by torch-light dance until a late hour at night in the
open square near the sea. What a pity that we had not known of this before!”
With Colegio Internacional Alicante you will not feel the pain of missing the special
ambiance of Alicante that H.C. Andersen failed to discover.
Come, discover Alicante with us.
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