Castillo de Santa Barbara, Alicante

Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Climb 166 meters (544 ft) above sea level to Castillo de Santa Barbara for panoramic views of Alicante bay. Originally constructed in the late 9th century, the castle features a series of fortress walls atop Mount Benacantil and is home to the city’s historical museum. Explore archeological remains of the Bronze Age found in the city or take a guided castle tour to see areas normally closed to the public, such as the cisterns and dungeon. Ride the elevator from the bottom of the mountain to the castle, then enjoy a leisurely walk back to the city center after your visit. Put Castillo de Santa Barbara on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Alicante trip planner.
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  • During Covid-19, we experienced that the opening hours on the website are not the same as at the entrance. We arrived at 17 o clock and the entrance at the beach front was closed on Monday, while the....  more »
  • The elevator wasn't working because of Covid so you may need to walk up from the city. This is a pleasant walk with great views on the way up. There are a number of displays about the history of...  more »
  • This is a must see for anyone visiting Alicante city or region! The views of the city, the marina and sea are incredible and there are places to sit and eat or quench your thirst as you climb higher.....  more »
  • A must see in Alicante, especially for sunset from the top. Free entrance and parking nearby. Free toilets. Lift from beach side is currently closed, otherwise is 1 euro, totally worth it, if you don't want to walk up, which is also possible. Restaurant on the top is now also closed and also inside exhibitions, but views are amazing.
  • Definitely recommend coming here. The place shuts down very early and the food halls are very limited.
  • Definitely worth the walk up to see the views but it has so much to over than views with all its history. Free entry makes it even better. Top tip take water for the walk up.
  • Nice Castle on top of the hill. Gives a nice impression of how defences were organized in the old days. It offers great views of the city and coastline as well. We visited with kids, 2, 6 and 6 years old. It is beating hot in summer during the hotter hours of the day. I would visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon during summer. Nice overall experience.
  • Amazing view of the city. Unfortunately, a lot is closed, probably mostly due to Covid-19. It's a real plus that the entrance is free. Now, we parked nearby, but next time, we'll walk from the city. It seems like a nice walk.

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