Alicante 2023

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Sånn var det i Slemmestad 23. mars
20. mars 2023

Fint vær over Pyrineene
Mandag 20. mars 2023

Velkommen til Alicante.
Nå skulle vi ha en uke med sol og litt varme.
Deilig å slippe islagte gater og fortau.

Bilde fra rommet vårt på hotel Eurostar Mediterranea Plaza Alicante
Huset på bilde fra rommet vårt er Ajuntament d'Alacant (valensiansk) 
(Alicante ayuntamiento spansk) (Alicante City Hall engelsk)

This baroque work of civil architectonics was designed by architect Lorenzo Chápuli and built on the site of the former city hall in the 18th century. Visitors can admire its ornamental elements such as the barley-sugar columns on the facade or its two towers.
(9. april 2023) The Town Hall - ALICANTE City & Beach (

Alicante[a] (Valencian: Alacant) is a city and municipality in the Valencian Community, Spain. It is the capital of the province of Alicante and a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city was 337,482 as of 2020,
the second-largest in the Valencian Community.
The name of the city echoes the Arabic name Laqant (لَقَنْت) or al-Laqant (اللَّقَنْت), which in
turn reflects the Latin Lucentum and Greek root Leuké (or Leuka), meaning "white".
(9. april 2023)  
Alicante - Wikipedia
På plassen foran hotellet var det 3 små restauranter og en Carrefour express.

Det var ikke langt ned til havna. Hotellet ligger rett bak huset med kuplene.
Stranda ligger rett bak det store hotellet til høyre i dette bildet.

Alicantes store severdighet, festningen Santa Barbara (midt i bildet)
er heller ikke langt unda



Moloen ved "the Ocean Race Museum".


Fint bilde av Alicante bak senga vår.
Tirsdag 21. mars 2023

Santa Barbara Castle stands atop Mount Benacantil.
The strategic value of this lookout point, rising up 169
metres above sea level, has encouraged various civilisations to settle here, from Prehistoric times through the Iberian and Roman ages. But it was not until the period of Islamic rule that the first defensive construction was erected, probably following the Treaty of Tudmir signed in 713 by Visigoths and Muslims.
The first reference ti this early construction dates back to the 10th Century, in the writings of Arabian chronicler and geographer Al-Razi.

The fortress maintained its structure as an Arabic citadel for a long time, even after the Christian Conquest in the mid 13th Century. Although many repairs were undertaken, it was not
until 15th Century that the new quarters were built to extend

this stronghold.
During this century, two outdoor spaces were also created to protect the population,
separated from the citadel by two trenches - the albacar d enmig and, at the lower level, the albacar vell - putting into place three of the four areas that now make up the fortress.
Constant attacks by Berber pirates, and fear of the Turkish fleet, led to the most intensive period of fortification in the second half of the 16th Century.  This undertaking was entrusted to two of the finest engineers of that century: Juan Bautista Antonelli and Jorge Palearo "El Fratin" Hence, the castle is an important example of military architecture of that period.
Kaktuser på Santa Barbara

In the 18th Century, the Spanish War of Succession practically shaped its current
physiognomy, and the castle was transformed into a great modern fortress. The
majority of the mediaeval elements disappeared, and a large artillery platform
was constructed, which are largely the areas that can still be visited today.

From the mid 19th Century onwards, the castle gradually lost its military importance
until finally, in 1893, the weaponry was removed. At different times

it was used as a prison, until in 1961 i
t was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument
and opened its doors to the Public.

Gammel trapp
Potteskår blir et fint bilde.




El Macho is the highest part of the castle. It is an esplanade, the
current configuration of which dates back to the 18th Century.
However, it has not always looked like this. El Macho is part of
the oldest section, the former Islamic Citadel.
The area is also known as La Torreta, on account of the fact that
the Torre del Homenaje tower once stood here, at the highest part
of the castle (known in Arabic as the saluqiya). This tower is no
longer in existence, having disappeared along with the Torre del
Hospital, the Torre de Sots-Alcaide and other original elements.
Various documents reveal to us what this citadel would have looked like in the Christian middle ages. These sources state that in the
15th Century it was accessed via a drawbridge over a trench, dug
out along the length of the wall and which was, in turn, marked at
the corners by other defensive towers. This layout can be seen
perfectly in the plans dating from 1575 drawn up by the Viceroy of Valencia and the military engineer Vespasiano Gonzaga.Entry was gained via a door flaked by 
two towers that

created an internal courtyard. This courtyard led to a ramp that can still be crossed
today. Inside this area, in 1463 the church of Santa Barbara was built, which is also no longer standing today and which was joined to the Torre del Homenaje tower by
means of a defensive wall, the main core of the ancient mediaeval castle.
Well into the 16th Century, under the reign of Phillip II, the military engineers Juan Bautista Antonelli, Jorge Palearo "El Fratin" and Gonzaga himself designed new defences that affected the entire fortress, and in particular El Macho. The castle was closed off properly through the tower and gate known as the Torre and Puerta de la Travesa, along with different roof arrangements, cisterns, and within the courtyard of the Alcazaba citadel. The flat defensive platform was also paved to adapt it to the new artillery
elements of the time. During the  War of Succession (1701-1713), with the Bourbons on
the throne, the penultimate and almost definitive transformation of the castle took place
to turn it into a fortress in keeping with the defensive needs of the time. Designed by the engineers Estban de Panon, Antonio Montaigut and general commander Juan Martin Zermeno, obsolete mediaeval walls, towers, and edifications were demolished. As part of this process, El Macho was levelled out and the trench was filled in. The aim was to turn
the highest point of the fortress into a large artillery platform to defend the town and
the port, a very complicated task owing to the altitude of this location.

In the 19th Century the only work carried out was to repave El Macho to adapt it to the artillery of the time. This is also the location of the bell tower known as the Garita de la Campana, which stands on the site formerly occupied by the tower of the same name.




Rester av kapellet på Santa Barbara
This theatrical tour brings the past to life, highlighting the main chapters in the castle’s history through the use of actors. Enter Remigio el Bombas, an artilleryman from the Spanish War of Independence. He recounts, among other things, the story of how the castle’s Chapel of Santa Bárbara was blown up, claiming 70 lives, including that of the then governor. And he gives this account from up in the ruins of La Tahona, the old flour mill, gesticulating wildly below the gunpowder store. Nearby, you can still see old millwheels, if you look closely.
Santa Barbara Castle: 1000 years of History - ALICANTE City & Beach (      (10. april 2023)



Inngangen til Santa Barbara
El Parque La Ereta

Maskinoversettelse: Hvis du følger pilen må du klatre til fots, men du vil se et søtt maurisk og kristent nabolag samtidig Santa Cruz Cleva ved navn, og det er verdt en tur.

If you follow the arrow you will have to climb on foot, but you will see a cute Moorish and Christian neighborhood at once Santa Cruz Cleva by name and it is worth touring

Calle San Rafael


La Explanada de España
Kveld i Alicante
Fra rommet vårt

Onsdag 22. mars 2023

Escultura El Regreso de Icaro con Su Ala de Surf

Helt til høyre sees såvidt:

Monumento Homenaje A La Policia Nacional
El Adivinador Statue
Hop on hop off buss



Font de Llevant


Fuente de la Plaza Mar

La Explanada de España
La Explanada de España
La Explanada de España is one of the city’s emblems. It runs parallel to one of the port wharfs and is lined on both sides with rows of palm trees. The floor is decorated with 6.600.000 tricolour marble tiles forming a design with a characteristic wave effect mosaic.
During the summer season it houses the Alicante Craft Fair where you can buy typical products (sweets and nougat), leather crafts, glass, clothing and everything you can imagine. Throughout the year, it also hosts the traditional ‘hippie’ stalls, where you can buy souvenirs from Alicante, jewellery,  fashion accessories, t-shirts and all kinds of items.
On the Explanada you will also find the emblematic building known as Casa Carbonell and the open-air Auditorium known as “La Concha” which hosts numerous concerts and cultural events throughout the year.
Explanada de España - ALICANTE City & Beach (     (10. april 2023)


Postiguet beach is located in the heart of Alicante city, at the foot of Santa Bárbara Castle and next to the famous promenade, the Explanada. The beach is much loved
by Alicante’s inhabitants. Not for nothing, the beach is the protagonist of a popular Alicante song: “la manta al coll i el cabasset, mon anirem al Postiguet”.

Postiguet beach stands out for the quality of its fine golden sand and calm waters.
Together with its easy access to the old city centre, the beach has become an emblem
of Alicante city.

El Postiguet Beach - ALICANTE City & Beach (    (10. april 2023)
Årets første sjøbad
Calle San Francisco
The installation of these large mushrooms in 2013, during the government of Sonia
Castedo, with the objective of revitalising the area, provoked criticism from the
opposition for its cost – about 66,000 euros. Their installation was subsequently
branded as “botched”.

Alicante’s ‘Mushroom street’ goes viral - The Leader  (10. april 2023)

Ficus Macrophylla

Evergreen tree that can reach a height of 50 metres. The trunk is thick, with smooth greyish bark.
Other examples have
aerial roots which form supporting columns for the branches when they reach the
soil. This characteristic makes
it a very difficult species for limited spaces. The leaves are large and of a brilliant dark
green colour.

Torsdag 23. mars 2023

 Torsdag tok vi buss til Benidorm


Benidormis a city, town and municipality in the province of Alicante, Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
Benidorm has been a tourist destination within Spain since 1925, when its port was
extended and the first hotels were built, though it would not be until the 1950s that it became renowned as a summer destination for people coming from inland Spain, especially Madrid. Today it is known for its hotel industry, beaches, and skyscrapers and receives as many tourists from abroad as from Spain. According to the 2020 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 70,450 inhabitants, making it the fifth-most populous town in the Alicante province and the ninth in Valencian Community.
Benidorm - Wikipedia     (10. april 2023)

Playa Poniente

Length: 3,100 metres,
Average Width 74 metres,
Maximum width: 105 metres,
Minimum width 33 metres,
Sand Area 146,239m2
The Virgin of Suffrage
(in Valencian Mare de Déu del Sofratge )

The legend of the Virgin relates that in 1740 the residents
of Benidorm were surprised by the arrival on their
beaches of a Londoner who had sailed there without a
crew. It was believed that perhaps the cause of the disappearance of the crew was the plagueand this struck fear. The authorities, after discussions and consultations, decided to burn the ship.
It was burned without removing anything. When the
flames were extinguished, the children searched for nails
and iron in the ash and found "intact and resplendent" an image of the Virgin with the Child Jesus in her arms, which
the ship had brought on its stern.
Virgin of the Suffrage (     (11. april 2023)

veldig vanlige i Benidorm

Gamle Benidorm

Church of Sant Jaume i Santa Anna 
tekst kommer

The Church of Sant Jaume i Santa Anna is a temple of Catholic worship located in Benidorm , province of Alicante , Valencian Community , Spain .
It is located in the upper part of the old town, on top of the Canfali hill. It was built
between 1740 and 1780 after the discovery of the Virgen del Sufragio , patron saint
of Benidorm. The tower was erected between 1807 and 1812. It was renovated in
1912 and restored in 1990.
Practically free, it articulates three squares, two of them facing the sea and a third, the more urban Plaça de Sant Jaume , where the main access to the temple is located.

Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana (Benidorm) ( (11. aprilo 2023)
The origin of the city

Admiral Bernat de Sarria founded
Benidorm and granted the Town Charter on May 8, 1325. here we are now the town and Castle were built. Between the 17th and 19th
centuries (after the Second Town Charter in 1666), Benidorm experienced a significant growth, consolidated with the arrival of tourism to the present day.

Tank / Trough

Tanks were essential for life in the castles.
Of the two known in this fortress, the first
was inside one of the towers that defended
the entrance; the second, located next to
this panel, was built in the center of the
medieval courtyard and to its paparet was
added later a trough for horses. Over time,
it had several repairs. We know that exact
date of some of them, because those who
were in charge of these tasks put there
signature on the walls of tanks. These
graffiti are one of the most unique and unexpected findings.

The Medieval Wall

On the eastern slope of Punta Canfali,
there are remains of the medieval wall
that closed the fortified enclosure from
the east. The peculiar underlying
geological structure has favoured the fracture of the rocky strata on which
the wall was based, which has meant
the loss of part of the original design, only recognizable at some points on the slope.

La Muralla Medieval

We are now in front of the remains of the
late medieval wall of the castle, on the
western flank, built around the first quarter
of the 14th century. The technique used,
known as tapial (rammed earth), was
characterized by erecting walls by placing
wooden boards as a formwork, covered in
its interior with lime --- and filled with rammed earth. This technique, generalized
 at the Islamic period lasted after ----conquest

Church of Sant Jaume i Santa Anna

Balcó de la Mediterrània

Balcó de la Mediterrània mot Playa Poniente

Playa Levante

Playa Levante

Playa Levante i 1972
Benidorm 1972
Trolig Playa Poniente

Benidorm 1972
Det skal være tatt på Playa Levante.

Badevaktene på Playa Levante

Levante Beach Specialties
Length: 2,084 m
Area: 125,785 m2
Footbaths: 21 units (of 2 pipes), with seawater.
Beach furniture: 10 sectors with 1,390 sunshades and 4,570 sun loungers.
Assistance: 2 assistance points, 5 lifeguard posts and 4 patrolling lifeguards.
Facilities: 1 accessible bath point, 3 children’s play areas, 4 sports and recreational play areas, 21 access walkways, 1 floating leisure platform, 164 litter bins and 2 ecological toilet cubicles.
Blue Flag Certificates: Qualitur “Q”, ISO 9001, ISO 14001
Playa Levante Beach, Benidorm, Costa Blanca (

Fredag 24. mars 2023

Fredag begynte vi dagen med å undersøke
om det fantes en heis opp til Santa Barbara.

Vi mente vi hadde sett en inngang skilta med
Santa Barbara da vi satt på Hop on hot off-bussen.

Vi fant stedet og der var det en heis, gratis for dm over 65 år.
Vi tok heisen opp, men gikk ned igjen.

The lift is the easiest way to get into the castle if you don’t have a car or you don’t
want to use public transport. It is also the less tiring way up as you don’t need to
hike to the Benacantil hill up to the castle. This would be the recommended access
for the last fit people. The entrance to the lift is located right in front of Postiguet

The access to the castle is free but the lift service is not. The Santa Barbara lift
price is 2.70€ to pay by card or cash. The lift service opening hours are the same as
the fortress. The last lift-up is 40 minutes before the castle’s closing time and the
last lift-down is 20 minutes before.
Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante: Lift, Foot or Car? & Tips - Alicante About      (11. april 2023)

Inngang til heisen opp til festningen Santa Barbara

Castillo de Santa Bárbara en Alicante. Sala del Cuartel militar de Felipe II de España

Santa Barbara

Vi har dette bide av
min mor (Selma).
Det er tatt på Santa
Barbara i 1972.

Da vi var på festningen
i år prøvde i å finne
hvor bildet var tatt,
men det klarte vi ikk

Noen bruker sykkel ned fra Santa Barbara
Calle San Rafael

Restaurante Rincon de Antonio i Calle san Rafael

Kveld i Alicante havn
Lørdag 25. mars 2023

Lørdag ble en tur til øya Tabarca.
Turen tok 1 time med en av Kontiki-
Tabarca is the only inhabited island in the Region of Valencia and is located opposite
the city of Alicante, 11 nautical miles offshore and near the Santa Pola headland. In fact,
it’s more than just an island: it’s a small archipelago that comprises the islets of La
Cantera, La Galera and La Nao as well as the Isla de Tabarca itself. It is approximately
1,800 metres long and measures some 400 metres across at its widest point.
In the past, its shores were a refuge for Berber pirates and, in the 18th century, King
Carlos III ordered the island to be fortified and a town built, in which to house several families of Genoese fishermen who were being held prisoner in the Tunisian city of
Tabarka. The walls surrounding the town have been officially declared a Historical
and Artistic Site and an Asset of Cultural Interest.
Tabarca Island - ALICANTE City & Beach (   (11. april 2023)

Robåter på havna i Alicante

Vi ser Tabarco i det fjerne

Tabarco havn
Fra porten inn til Tabarco by.

Inngangen til byen.

Before 1700, the island was known as Illa de Sant Pau ('Saint Paul's Island') or Illa Plana ('Flat Island'). Believed to be the island that St. Paul disembarked on, the island
was a refuge for Barbary pirates up to the end of the 18th century and used as a base for raids on the Levantine coast.
The island's current namesake is a Tunisian islet and town of Tabarka, which was a part
 of the Republic of Genoa until it was conquered by the Bey of Tunis in 1741. In 1760,
Charles III of Spain ordered the fortification and repopulation of the Spanish island. A
group of Genoese sailors who had been shipwrecked near the Tunisian Tabarka were
rescued and settled here.
In 1850, the governor and the garrison were removed. At the end of the 19th
century, the island had a population of around 1,000 people mainly devoted to
fishing. In the early 21st century, the permanent population was around 50, making Tabarca the smallest permanently inhabited Spanish island (although this number
is multiplied by ten during the tourist season in summer).
The main activity of the local population is fishing, with the catch brought to
Santa Pola's fish market, but tourism becomes the most important resource
during summer, especially in July and August.
Tabarca - Wikipedia    (11. april 2023)


Tabarca by med restauranten Casa Ramos
The church of San Pedro and San Pablo (in Valencian Esglia de Sant Pere i
Sant Pau ) is a Catholic temple located on the island of Tabarca , in the municipality of Alicante . In 1769 a small chapel already existed, which was expanded into a church
and was blessed in 1770 , although its construction was not completed until 1779 .
It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1964 along with the rest of the island.
Church of San Pedro and San Pablo (Tabarca) (     (11. april 2023)



  • Lighthouse. Tabarca lighthouse was constructed in 1854 so that passing ships could avoid the rocks and reefs that surround the island. It stands alone in the El Campo paramo. One of the most intriguing features of the lighthouse is its distance from the shore. However, given the island’s flatness, there’s no need for greater visibility. It was previously a school for lighthouse keepers.
  • Tabarca Island: a paradise for all, not just for pirates (   (11. april 2023)
Nueva Tabarca Countryside
has a very special landscape with meadows dotted with thorny bushes and the sea at the horizon. After the later rains in winter, everything is cloaked in green with several species of gramineae and large variety og flowers that grow quickly. These open
xerophyte pastures (adapted to survive with little water) can be found on very little developed soil with a great diversity of ephemeral spring blooming plants.
Most plants disappear during the driest summer months. In fact, only intricate thorny bushes remain. They drop their leaves to avoid water loss, a typical strategy of deciduous plants.
Here we can find an excellent and peculiar representation of thorny bushes typical of the southeast of the peninsula known as Lycium intricatum, Withania frutescens and Asparagus albus. These bushes, especially the Lycium intricatum, take a very characteristic rounded and cushioned shape due to the strong winds that shake the island most of the year. This is the most important native vegetation in the area as they offer shelter to numerous animal species.
Long time ago this area was intensively altered to grow cereals and legumes. However, the result was rather poor due to the lack of water and nutriens in its soil. Only a plantation of cactus known as Opuntia maxima from mid-20th century has endured, which is now being engulfed by the tasting wild vegetation. Although in a fairly ruinous condition, visitors can still find an old farming house near the lighthouse of the island as a silent witness to the old farming tasks. This modest building deserves to be remembered as part of Neva Tabarcas richest ethnographic heritage.
There is a large variety of insects of great ecological and biogeographical interest because of the geographical location of the archipielago, its sub-desert tendency and its similarity with the fauna typical of the south-east of the peninsula and that of the north of Africa. Darkling beetles are a good example: a numerous family of beetles typical of arid and desert areas in the entire planet which scientists consider good indicators for the conservation of the ecosystem. One of them, the Asida ricoi cobosi, is endemic to Tabarca (exclusive to this place).
As important as San Jose Tower is Nueva Tabarca lighthouse, a
historical building opened in 1854
and built by Agustin Elcoro Berocibar.

It is a large building of late
neo-classical style which served as
a school for lighthouse keepers.

This was the first of a series of lighthouses built along the coastline
of the province of Alicante between
1850 and 1854.

It consists of a lower cube-shaped body with two floors which accommodated the living areas, and a prismatic tower above it which held the lighting mechanism. In 1971 a new concrete lighthouse was built next to it to substitute the old one. However, this was also pulled down to recover the old lighthouse to which modern lighting was adapted.

Nueva Tabarca Countryside
Curiously enough, up to 5 reptile species live in such a small place: the Bedriaga s skink (Chaicides bedriagai), the Mediterranean house cecko  (Hemidactylus turcicus), the European common gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), the Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus) and the Southern smooth snake (Coronella girondica)

From a conservationist point of view, the most important bird species of the archipielago are the European storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus melitensis),  the audouin gull (Larus audouinil) and the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestil) and the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). About 25 couples of Storm petrel nest on a small islet called La Galera, which repreent 4% of the spawning stock in the region. Other nesting species in Tabarca are the Thekla lark (Galerida theklae), the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), the Spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor), and the Pallid swift (Apus pallidus)

Collaborate in conservation the paths

Walk the marked paths, without leaving
its boundaries, contributes to the
protection of the ecosystem, as our
footsteps may affect plants and animals.

Many animals live in the cliffs and coves,
so we must avoid disturb, damage burrow,
nests, watering etc..
If you think we should not pluck any plants,
it is best to make a photograph of a drawing.

Our waste pollute, we place them in the bins located in the path
or take them to the nearest bin.
Companion animals should not be loose and we must make
responsible for collecting their stools.
The best way to preserve our natural and cultural heritage, not
leave footprints on our walk.
If you want more information or have any questions or suggestions, visit
the webside:,




Søndag 26. mars 2023

Søndag var det loppemarked på
plassen foran hotellet.
Mye å få kjøpte, men det ble ikke noe
handling for oss.
Søndag var en varm dag.
Vi begynte med en tur til Ocean Race Museet.

Etterpå henta vi badetøyet og dro på stranda.
Det var ganske folksomt der denne dagen.
Søndag og varm lokket mange til sjøen.


Kveld i Alicante
Mandag 27. mars 2023

Siste dag i Alicante.
Vi gikk først til Mercado Central.

Det var lite aktivitet der på mandag formiddag.
så det ble ikke lange besøket.

Etterpå rusla vi litt rundt i gatene.
Mercado Central

Fine damer på bytur

Plassen utenfor tyrefekterarenaen

Vi fant en turvei og måtte finne ut hvor den ville føre oss.

Muren stopper steinsprang fra fjellet


Gangveien vi fant førte selvfølgelig opp til Santa Barbara,
så vi fikk vår tredje tur dit opp.

Vi var tørste og varme
etter oppstigningen
og satt lenge ved denne
Vi var innom den ved
alle tre besøkene på

En å ha hvilt en stund tok vi turen helt til toppen festningen,
før vi gikk tilbake til sentrum,




Vi tok en litt annen vei ned enn den vi har brukt før.
Denne gangen gikk vi oppe på en av murene.


Bilde fra Calle san Rafael
Trening må til
Lang regning

29. mars 2023

Sånn var det i Slemmestad dagen etter vi kom hjem.

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