It is a notable building that has significant decorative features such as the solomonic columns on its façade and its two towers. It is divided into three storeys and topped with a balustrade. The interior has some rooms that are worth seeing, including the so-called Blue Hall, the Plenary Hall and a chapel in which mass is held. At the foot of the building’s main staircase is what is known as Cota Cero or ‘zero level’, a curious and indispensable reference point from which the height above sea level of Spanish cities is measured. Several works of art are to be found in the building’s various rooms: works by painters such as Padilla, Cabrera, Amorós and Alicante-born artist Gastón Castelló. On the ground floor, there is an annexe building that also has several council-related functions, such as the exhibition The City Uncovered, with fascinating archaeological pieces from the Middle Ages right through to the modern age.
Another place of interest to visitors is Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where you can enjoy the spectacle of the water jets provided by the ‘dancing waters’ (Aguas danzantes, in Spanish), an endless source of delight for children and a lovely sight for anyone. On this same square, you should also take time to eat at one of the pleasant terraces of the restaurants that nestle under the arches of the colonnade, where you can take shelter from either the sun or the rain.
If you want to park your car close to Plaza del Ayuntamiento, you’ll find a Saba car park that’s open 24 hours a day at Alicante Train Station on Avenida Salamanca.