The boom depended partly on tourism directed to the beaches of the Costa Blanca and particularly on the second residence-construction boom which started in the 1960s and revived again by the late 1990s.
Services and public administration also play a major role in the city's economy.
The People's Party (Partido Popular, PP), with only 8 elected seats, lost the majority.
In the previous municipal elections of May 2011, Sonia Castedo of People's Party won the elections with an absolute majority, but resigned in December 2014 due to her involvement in several corruption scandals, at present being under investigation.
Vicious air bombings were targeted on Alicante during the three years of civil conflict, most notably the bombing by the Italian Aviazione Legionaria of the Mercado de Abastos on in which more than 300 civilians perished.Clockwise from top: View of the harbour with the Castle of Santa Bárbara in the background, interior of the Cathedral of Saint Nicolas of Bari, Casa Consistorial de Alicante, Playa del Postiguet, Casa Carbonell, view down the Explanada de España and Gran Sol.), both the Spanish and Valencian being official names, is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 330,525, estimated as of 2016 The area around Alicante has been inhabited for over 7000 years.The first tribes of hunter-gatherers moved down gradually from Central Europe between 50 BC.However neither the Romans nor the Goths put up much resistance to the Arab conquest of Medina Laqant in the 8th century.The Moors ruled southern and eastern Spain until the 13th century Reconquista (Reconquest).