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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  • I was unable to access the interior but the views from the top are worth the trip on a clear sunny day! Not sure it would be suitable for the elderly or with mobility issues as the taxi could only...  more »
  • There is an elevator going up to the Castle straight through the mountain on wich the Castle is built. Here they show you Some of the history of Alicante. Up at the castle you get beautifull views...  more »
  • A must do while in Alicante! My husband Nad I rode our rental bikes up, which added some exercise to a great experience.  more »
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  • Loved it!! You can drive or walk up to this well maintained facility. If you come off the main drag there is a lift/elevator up to make the walk easier. The views are 360 degrees and spectacular so well worth the visit. I would recommend the visit.
  • An amazing place. Only €3 a person (assuming you get the lift up) and you get to see a fantastic castle with some superb views. Fear not, you can get drinks in there and there are toilet facilities. I'd recommend not wearing flip-flops like I did.
  • Take an afternoon out here,its warm has great views parking is free (follow the road to the top)...snacks and drinks are pricey though. Also take binoculars to get great sights. Small children need constant watching as the castle has little if any prevention to stop them stepping into oblivion!!
  • Lovely walk up to the castle although the signage could be better.Went up from the beach side and down opposite and into the town centre. Good cafe and also a small bar on another part. Great views across Alicante.
  • Recommended a must visit to this city. We paid €2.70 to catch the lift up so we could enjoy an seal around the castle. It was well worth it and lots of places to explore. We stayed till after sunset and it was a really nice place to view sunset. Highly recommend.

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