The Early History of Alicante
A lot of people fly to Alicante but then immediately go their final destination elsewhere on the Costa Blanca without spending any time there so If you are planning on visiting us to do your NIE number, why not take this as an opportunity to visit the historical and beautiful city of Alicante.
Inhabited for over 7,000 years, some of the earliest settlements were made around Mount Bencantil where you will find the Castillo de Santa Barbara. In later years, trading ports were established by Greek Traders. The castle is located in Alicante itself and is not too far from the police station where we will be doing your nie application.
Control of the area was fought for by Roman and Carthage armies in the 6th Century with the Romans eventually ruling for over 700 years, with Alicante having the name Lucentum. This name was changed to Alicante (City of Lights) when the Arabs took over control in the 8th century. Moorish art and architecture is seen clearly throughout the city and region.
In 1246, Alicante was ruled by the Castilian king Alfonso X. The Catalonian King James II of Aragon was ruler in 1298, the city now belonging to the Kingdom of Valencia.
Many battles followed but Alicante enjoyed being a major trading station during the 15th century, exporting olive oil, oranges,wine and rice. Many Moors were expelled during this time for being in allegiance with pirates.
Alicante came out the loser after the War of Spanish succession and had their semi-autonomous status removed, after which the city declined. The economy survived during this time with agriculture (almonds and oranges) and shoe making (there are still lots of shoe factories today around Alicante and Elche)
All of this (and all before the 20th century!) means Alicante is a jumble of different styles of architecture, well worth visiting. There are medieval castles, Renaissance cathedrals, Gothic churches and more, and all can be seen in one day. Why not make your time here not just about obtaining your NIE certificate but also a few days to remember?
Alicante today has a population of approximately 350,000. The nearest city is Elche, with a similar sized population. Elche is also a beautiful city, full of palm parks and wonderful architecture.
If you have a preference for your NIE appointment in either city, please let us know. You can contact us to arrange your nie appointment or answer any questions about the nie certificate at www.niein1day.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org