Castillo de Santa Barbara

At an elevation of 166 meters, the Castell de Santa Barbara is situated in the city of the Benacantil community. One of Spain's largest medieval fortresses, it served as the model for the abbey of Alacant.

The castle offers breathtaking views of Alicante and its captivating sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea, making it a really unique setting for any celebration.

You have a plethora of options at the Castillo de Santa Barbara. From a stroll around its indoor exhibits and tours with the greatest views of Alicante to dining out, musical performances, narrated tours, and more.

Take a one-hour guided tour to learn more about Castillo de Santa Barbara's past. The only way to access the Old Dungeons, Cistern, and Hospital is to sign up for the official castle tour.

How to explore Castell de Santa Barbara?

  • Under the present-day Weapons Courtyard lies Cistern. The Cistern, built in the middle of the 16th century with two naves supported by ashlar arches and intended to catch rainfall, has a projection that mimics the appearance of water on the walls.
  • Visit the prisons that once held a large number of unidentified inmates, famous figures, the leaders of the Cuban separatist uprisings, liberal leaders, etc. Reproductions of some of the torture devices employed in the nation's past can be found within.
  • The Queen's Bastion, the Guards' Barracks, and the vast Weapons Courtyard are located behind the ruins of Santa Barbara's hermitage in the central enclosure. A vast capacity outdoor space with many uses is available here. Here, near the Felipe II Hall's entrance, is a location where history and magic coexist in perfect harmony.
  • From the cafe and restaurant's terrace, you can take in the breathtaking views of the sea and the castle's Weapons Courtyard while sipping a beverage and eating a snack.
  • The 'Macho del Castell,' which offers a panoramic view of Alicante from its topmost point, can be found on the castle's highest esplanade. You have a 360-degree view of the city and the bay from here.
  • imageDuration Required
    2 hours

Address of Castillo de Santa Barbara

03002 Alicante, Spain

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