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Photo: Can Sueño
Photo: Can Sueño

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SAS' Crew tips: Alicante

Hugged by the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Alicante is one of Hilde Cecilie Jordsjø’s favorite destinations.

Hilde Jordsjø

Age: 53
Lives: Oslo
Career: Flight attendant

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I like going to ­Alicante at any time of the year. Of course the warm climate is important, but it’s more the reasonable distance from Scandinavia, the fact that it’s quite a large city without being too big, and that it’s a fantastic base for excursions around ­Costa Blanca.

Tapas in the heart of the city

Taberna del Gourmet has one of the best tapas menus I’ve ever tasted. They put a different twist on things, which keeps me coming back. It’s perfect for dinner – but remember to make a reservation! 

Calle San Fernando 10 
latabernadelgourmet.com

Take a hike

I’m a hiker, so I’ve tried several routes in the area. If you want a day off from the beaches (which are ­excellent, by the way) drive 30 minutes to Altea and try out one of the great trails. Most are easy or moderate, but there is a difficult one, from Altea to Calpe. 

Santa Bárbara Castle

The castle sits atop Mount Benacantil, and is one of Spain’s largest medieval fortresses. You can climb up on foot or take the elevator – once you reach the top, you’ll have the most amazing views of the bay.

Playa del Postiguet Photo: Shutterstock

Fun in the sun

Playa del Postiguet is a sandy beach right in the heart of the city. It has great facilities – you can rent chairs and umbrellas – and there are plenty of water sports to try. There’s a play area for kids and the seaside promenade Explanada de España is close by. 

Photo: Can Sueño

Lunch at Can Sueño

This place is one of a kind. It’s the ­private home of a Dutch couple who ­really embrace life and like to share their love of good food and wine with other people. They serve a set menu that’s ­always local and seasonal. The warmth and hospitality of this place is unique, and believe me, it’s worth going all the way to Alicante just to have lunch here! 

Ptda Bichauca 1 Tarbena 
cansueno.com 

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