Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara)
The epic 545-foot (166-meter) views from the castle are not only breathtaking, they deepen an understanding of the city’s layout and history of conquest. After exploring the castle and the grounds, relax at the terrace restaurant for paella or strong coffee.
Travelers may enjoy learning more about the illustrious history of the castle during a private walking tour of Alicante, making visits to historic landmarks and architectural gems like Atalaya Castle, San Nicolás Cathedral, Alicante Town Hall, and Basilica Saint Mary, finishing the day with a stroll along the palm-lined Explanada de España. Some tours include a meander through the maze-like Old Town to sample regional specialties and fine local wines.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, families; history buffs especially.
- Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, and sun protection.xa0
- Admission is free.xa0
- Come for the sunsets and on nights when the castle is open late.xa0
- Before taking the elevator up, look up at Mount Benacantil.
A Trip Through Time
A journey through the Castle of Santa Barbara takes travelers from the Bronze Age to the 18th century. Climb to the highest level called La Torreta, to see the oldest sections dating back to the 9th century through the 13th century. Venture into the on-site museum, Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (MUSA), wherexa0 audiovisual presentations and archaeological finds (like a water tank from the Renaissance period) trace the history of the people of Alicante from prehistory to the present.
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