Santa Bárbara Castle, Alicante

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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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  • Beautiful medieval fortress on a hill, very well preserved, climb better walk, free entrance, beautiful views of the port and the surrounding area. Visit at sunset.
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  • Average walk up the side of the mountain. Prob not great if you have any health issues or struggle uphill but fine if you have average fitness. Quite steep but not too long, prob about an hour. When y...  more »
  • Declared of interest CULTURAL from the 1961: it's a castle-fortress which is seated on top of Mount Benacantil... of which highlight his courtyard of arms, black holes and the beautiful panorama of the city of Alicante.
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  • Well preserved castle on a hill. There is a nice elevator going right to the top for a small fee. Retirees are free. If you visit Alicante you should go to the top, the view is breathtaking.
  • Really enjoyed the visit here. Extensive castle grounds with fantastic views over Alicante. Some quite steep climbs within the castle grounds so watch out if you have limited mobility. Could probably benefit from a bit more historical information around the place but otherwise excellent. We paid the two or three euros to come up in the elevator from the main promenade (worth it) but I think if you are prepared to walk the long way round up to the the top of the hill that you get in for no charge.
  • A tough walk up, there is a lift and it's also possible to drive up. Bars. Essential tourist "Must do" if you are visiting Alicante. Fabulous views from the top. Children will need hand holding as there are steep drops.
  • A place with really good view for the port and the city. Inside you may see many exhibitions like historical photos from Alicante, ancient sculptures. The parking is really small there.
  • Amazing, and even better it's free to enter. You can get the lift from the sea front. Think it's about €3 per adult. But it's a lovely walk up and down the mountain. There is so much to see . It's pretty scary up at the top looking over the rather low walls but worth it. I wouldn't say it's wheelchair friendly and if you've got little kids, keep a tight hold of them. The history of the Castle is well played out in pictures and cartoons. Definitely worth a visit