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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  • Just visited Alicante last weekend and of course you visit #1 attraction there, the castle of Santa Barbara. Can´t miss it, in the city and high on a mountain, you can either climb it by stairs, drive...  more »
  • There are two ways to gain access to the castle - pay 2.70€ to use the lift or walk up the path. As it was 30C we used the lift. Entrance to the castle is free. Some care is needed when walking around...  more »
  • This is the perfect place to take in the views over all of Alicante and beyond. The castle is the first thing you see up on the mountain overlooking the town and the beach and it's absolutely worth th...  more »
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  • One of must goes when visiting Alicante. Great view. Not much of an exposition up there, but the view....oh my!;-) take the elevator (just in front of Postiguet beach) or go up on foot. It's really worth it!
  • The elevator within the rock is amazing and inexpensive. The views at the top are stunning with multiple levels and rooms with information about the city. Beautiful cafe with a balcony is a bonus, also reasonably priced.
  • Got the lift up from the tunnel by the beach up into the middle of the castle. Great views and some interesting exhibits with descriptions in Spanish and English. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Best €2.70 I've every spent. It is incredibly lovely. The views are spectacular. The history of the castle is interesting. An insight to Alicante.
  • Went up for a look and really enjoyed it. Felt like being in an episode of game of thrones. I do recommend if you visit alicante.