Santa Bárbara Castle, Alicante

Categories: Castles, Specialty Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
Climb 166 meters (544 ft) above sea level to Santa Bárbara Castle 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. To visit Santa Bárbara Castle and get the most from your holiday in Alicante, create itinerary details personal to you using our Alicante trip itinerary planner.
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  • Of all the castles that I have visited in Spain and part of Europe, always it seems shocking, their situation from below is imposing and majestic, but from the top, from its towers and walls the views are unbeatable. Sure would be most beautiful views in the past and centuries away from the massive construction in concrete, but at least the sea remains spectacular seen from atop of this great castle that also seems to know adapt to the new times as you can almost always find a good agenda of leisure that is done inside, something that other municipalities with castles have not taken advantage of. If you go to Alicante, worth a visit, and to photograph it from the beach or better, from abandoned rails of the ill-fated Mall getafix, unless the sight of the port with the Castle, is beautiful, and more falling in the sunlight.
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  • Great views of the surrounding area and there is plenty of space to roam about . There are toilets and reasonable cafe facilitys. You can walk drive or get a lift to the castle and only the lift costs...  read more »
  • I followed the road from the town centre up to the castle and although it was a bit of a trek the views daow were very photogenic and the climb was not particularly arduous. I was amazed at how bit th...  read more »
  • Visited Alicante castle for the first time this week despite the fact we have holidayed in the area for 20 years and lived in Spain (further down the coast) for 11 years. Like us, many people fly IN and OUT of Alicante and that is that. The Castle is mostly ruins however it is very interesting and the views are amazing. Once inside there are slopes that connect the various outside areas so walking shoes are a must. However, there is a lift that takes you from the road at sea level Up and Down to the castle and once inside the grounds it also takes you up to levels 1&2. As I type the lift is FREE. There is a cafe where you can buy food (baguettes, paella, pizzas) and drink, plus a kiosk selling drinks and ice cream and there are also loos all in the Castle grounds. It is possible to drive up to the castle although it is not very well sign posted at all. Only disappointment was the rudeness of the guy who works in the cafe. I tried out my Spanish when he took my order; I then asked him (in Spanish) if he spoke English as I wanted to know if they could cater for a coach trip I was planning for a small charity I help out with. He said No, he didn't but I should learn to speak Spanish! Disappointing as it wasn't said cheekily or with humor which I would have taken in good part but with arrogance. Staff training and promoting your 'product' (50 people for lunch is not exactly insignificant) was obviously way over his head.
  • Speechless. A must see if you are in the area. Easy to drive or walk up. Got a very nice cafeteria to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Great view of everything around. Many things to see in and out.
  • Awesome castle. Little gift shop and places to get a drink. Great views. Minimal parking in the castle though there's plenty at street level.
  • Lovely place I like it, good for taking photos . It have a very good view. I recommend this place for every one because it is suitable for all people.
  • Incredible view! Spectacular building. A must see in Alicante. It's free entry, but you can take the elevator from the beachside and it costs a couple of euros. Worth it though. We walked down from the castle and it was a nice and beautiful walk. If you bring children be sure to look after them, there's no railings some places and a far way down...
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