A stunning expo opened its doors in Alicante city at the end of May – the Titanic exhibition.
The emotive display will remain on show at the city’s Fish Market (Lonja del Pescado) until November 10th so there will be plenty of opportunities to see the exhibition throughout the summer. The exhibition displays a huge amount of real objects from the ship itself such as musical instruments, gala dresses and jewellery. Also featured at the exhibition are real accounts and stories from survivors of the tragedy including Millvina Dean, the youngest survivor of the Titanic (she was just two months and three days old when the ship sank).
One of the most impressive aspects of the exhibition is the huge scale model of the ship which measures 12 metres long, 4.5 metres wide and 3.9 metres high. The reproduction, built in Spain, is open at the side so that visitors can see right inside and view the ship’s detailed interior.
Another piece is the famous Titanic Car. Anyone who has seen the movie, ‘Titanic’ will remember the steamy love scene between Jack and Rose which takes place in a car in the ship’s cargo hold. The car in the scene was actually on board the ship when it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean that fateful night in 1912. Historians say that the 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville is the only vehicle known to have been on board the Titanic according to the ship’s manifest. An exact replica is on display in Alicante.
The tour itself, with accompanying audio guide – included in the ticket price, lasts around an hour and a half. When the exhibition visited its most recent port of call, Coimbra in Portugal, it registered a record 84,942 visitors in just nine days. After a long summer and autumn in Alicante, it will visit Italy, France and the UK and from Southampton will set sail for New York in April 2022 where it will be on display for a year.
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 9.30pm (last entry 8pm) and is closed on Mondays. July and August, the opening hours change to 4.30pm until 10pm (last entry 8.30pm).
Tickets can be purchased (subject to availability) at the exhibition with prices starting from €5 for children and €8 for adults (Tuesday to Thursday) and from €6 for children and €10 for adults (Friday to Sunday).
And don’t worry if you are here for a holiday and don’t have access to a car. Local tour company David’s Coachtrips runs a day trip to Alicante city every Friday for just €11 return. Details can be found on their website here.
So if you live on the Costa Blanca, or are just visiting for a few weeks this summer, don’t miss this wonderful exhibition. While in Alicante, you can also visit the beach, the castle or take a stroll along the beautiful promenade. There is also wonderful shopping in Alicante with El Corte Inglés and many lovely boutiques.