Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca Travel Guide

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 08/20/2018

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 of the castle, at the highest level, are from the 9th through 13th century. The castle is most easily reached by taking the elevator from Avenida Juan Bautista Lafora. The castle also houses the Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (MUSA) which uses audiovisual presentations and archaeological finds to tell the story of Alicante, its people, and the city's enduring relationship with the sea.

Sight Information


Monte Benacantil s/n, Alicante, Valencia, 03002, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • Castle and museum free, elevator €3

Published 08/20/2018


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