Castillo de Santa Barbara, Alicante

#1 of 238 in Historic Sites in Valencian Country
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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  • During Covid-19, we experienced that the opening hours on the website are not the same as at the entrance. We arrived at 17 o clock and the entrance at the beach front was closed on Monday, while the....  more »
  • The elevator wasn't working because of Covid so you may need to walk up from the city. This is a pleasant walk with great views on the way up. There are a number of displays about the history of...  more »
  • 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.

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