Alicante is a large city, port, university city and tourist centre on the south-eastern coast of Spain. It serves as the unofficial capital of the Costa Blanca coast and stands between the popular resorts of Benidorm and Torrevieja. If hiring a car in Alicante and touring the area, you'll find a mostly modern, high-rise city spread out behind a spacious harbour that offers ferries to the Balearics and North Africa. The city's busy international airport is six miles south west and serves most of the Costa Blanca holiday trade. Drivers find that several main routes bisect the city from east to west, including the most scenic – the N332 along the waterfront.