Alicante is the city capital of the Alicante Province, being the eight largest metropolitan area in the entire Spain. Alicante is the Spanish name of the city, Alacant, the Valencian name, being used as well. Besides being a city, Alicante is also a large port, being located on the gorgeous Costa Blanca. It is one of the historical ports in Spain, the coastal location of the old city made it favorable for a port to be established here and it remained here since then. The city is impressive due to its size, architecture, archeological sites, and gorgeous squares.