Castillo de Santa Barbara, Alicante

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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  • Despite the height of the castle the walk is acheivable in around 20 minutes. There are pictures and information boards giving a time line of history of what the castle was used for from prison to...  more »
  • We visited the castle in January and although we'd read that the walk wasn't too strenuous, it certainly looked like it might be! So we cheated and made our way to the lift from the El Postiguet...  more »
  • It was quite a strenuous walk but well worth the effort as the views are terrific and it's free entry. There are cafe's and toilets on site.  more »
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  • Excellent. The lift from the beach path is only 2.70 euros. The castle is free. There are loads of places to take photos of the city, beaches and countryside. There are also a few exhibition rooms if you like that sort of thing. There are at least three places to get snacks. One of these is more of a restaurant with amazing views. There are very clean public toilets. Overall, well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful medieval castle. It's great to know that there was a lift just opposite the main beach or we would have never found it. It's totally worth going up as you can see 360 view of amazing Alicante. There's a cute cafe where you can have food, drinks and ice cream and there are toilets too!
  • We walked towards the end of the beach and crossed the road to follow the dusty, stony path to the base of the castle. Quite a climb for two oldies and more so for the 6 year old but so worthwhile. It was wonderful to be able to explore this medieval castle and the panoramic views were spectacular! We would not have missed it!
  • Overall the most impressive view point in Alicante. Some remarks: -Go to the top of the castle and get delighted by the best views of the city -Wonder about the years old history while walking the place -Grab a spot facing the coast and read a book/enjoy a deep conversation -Go to the chic bar and have a drink -Create your own musts around this amazing place
  • I jogged up for the view in the morning. Of course the castle itself was closed so the five stars are for the view of the sunrise which is definitely worth checking out. I have no idea what it's like inside but heard good things from other people who had visited.
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