Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Sights

Castillo de Santa Bárbara (Saint Barbara's Castle)

  • Monte Benacantil s/n Map It
  • Alicante
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

One of the largest existing medieval fortresses in Europe, Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits atop 545-foot-tall Monte Benacantil. From this strategic position you can gaze out over the city, the sea, and the whole Alicante plain for many miles. Remains from civilizations dating from the Bronze Age onward have been found here; the oldest parts, at the highest level, are from the 9th through 13th centuries. The castle is most easily reached by first walking through a 200-yard tunnel entered from Avenida Jovellanos 1 along Playa del Postiguet by the pedestrian bridge, then taking the elevator up 472 feet to the entrance. Guided tours (€3) are offered Monday–Saturday at 11 and 12:30, and in summer, a "theatrical tour" (€5), with performers in costume interpreting the history of the castle take place on Sunday at noon (alas! only in Spanish).

Sight Information

Address:

Monte Benacantil s/n, Alicante, 03002, Spain

Map It

Phone:

965-927715

Sight Details:

  • €3 (elevator free in July and Aug. after 7:45 pm)
  • Elevator: Sept.–June, daily 10–7:30; July and Aug., daily 10 am–11:20 pm

Published 08/18/2015

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