How to climb the castle of Santa Barbara to see the panoramic views of Alicante

Alicante from the castle of Santa Barbara

Making memory, to my own surprise I had never gone up to Barbara's Castle, the great fortification that rises above the Alicante city.

Indeed, although I have always been a regular visitor to this Mediterranean city where my best friends reside nearby, I had never been curious to go up to visit the castle of Alicante.

That until my last and recent trip to Alicante Where we said, why don't we go up to the castle?

Entrance to the castle of Santa Barbara in Alicante

Undoubtedly, the first interest to go up to it was to enjoy thePanoramic views from the top of it.

Views that I advance you for nothing will disappoint you when you climb the castle.

From the walls and towers of Santa Barbara Castle not only will you have before you best views of the city of Alicante, its port and its surroundings, but you can also see the area of ​​the San Juan and Campello beaches.

It really is an impressive panorama that will enrich your visit to this tourist city.

Museum in the castle of Santa Bárbara in Alicante

History Santa Barbara Castle

Also during the visit of the castle of Santa Barbara In Alicante you will be able to know the long history of this great fortification, which you will travel in its very diverse zones and dependencies.

The origins of the castle of Alicante They date back to the ninth century, during the Muslim occupation, although remains of the presence of the Iberians and Romans have been found in the area that occupies the fortification.

On the holiday of Saint Barbara, in December 1246, the fortress was taken to the Arabs by the Christian king who was later known as Alfonso X The Wise.

In the following centuries it had several remodeling with expansion of the walls, and also lived various military vicissitudes.

Specifically, in 1698 the castle of Santa Barbara suffered the bombing of the French naval fleet.

Walls of the castle of Santa Bárbara in Alicante

At the beginning of the 18th century it was occupied by the English during the War of succession; and in 1873 it was badly damaged during one of the Carlist wars.

During your walk through the fortification and in its various enclosures you will know details of this story through various exhibitions and information panels.

In this regard I advise you not to miss the animation video aimed at families, thanks to which in a very pleasant way you will know the different stages of the aforementioned history of the castle of Santa Barbara.

Of course, the peak of your visit will be when you finally reach the highest fortified area of ​​the castle, from where you will have the best panoramic views of it.

How to climb by elevator to the castle of Santa Barbara

For climb to the castle of Santa Barbara, at the foot of the mountain of almost 170 meters of altitude where the fortification is located, in the Juan Bautista Lafora Avenue, right at the beginning of the Postiguet beach, you will find a elevator that will allow you to reach it.

Surroundings of Alicante from the castle of Santa Barbara

He elevator price of the castle of Santa Barbara It is 2.70 euros (2018) if you take it from the level or to go up to levels 1 or 2.

If you arrive at the castle by car, you must leave it in a parking that you find as you go up to it, which you notice does not have much space.

When you access from there to the fortification you will find yourself on level 1, and you will be able to climb for free in the elevator to level 2.

In case you are interested, the descent from the castle in the elevator to level 0, that is, to the Postiguet beach, It's free.

Further, getting in the elevator is free in July and August if you do it from 7:45 p.m.

Corner of the castle of Santa Barbara in Alicante

Schedules Santa Barbara Castle

In the face of a future trip to the very touristy Mediterranean city, I will tell you that visiting hours of the castle of Alicante they are, every day of the week, in July and August, from 10 to 22 hours, except for the days with performances in which it closes at 23.45 hours.

In the months of April, May, June and September, from 10 am to 10 pm; and from October 1 to March 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Yes, the entrance to the castle of Santa Barbara is free.

If you are interested, here is all the information about guided tours of the castle of Santa Barbara.

Panoramic views of Alicante from the castle of Santa Barbara

Tours and excursions from Alicante

As a complement to your visit to this Levantine city, you can sign up for excursions around Alicante.

For example, a Elche and Santa Pola tour with a duration of six hours, and in which you can visit the Elche palm grove declared World Heritage by Unesco, just like him Salt museum from Santa Pola.

You also have the tour to Villajoyosa and Altea, where you will stroll through the fishing village and through the whitewashed streets of the beautiful mountain village.

And you can also sign up fortour to Guadalest and the Algar Fountains, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, with a castle on top of a cliff and a natural landscape with waterfalls.

Photos castle Santa Barbara

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