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Alicante and Elche Highlights Day Tour from Benidorm
"Start this 5-hour experience travelling to the location of Elche from Benidorm located in the region of Baix Vinalopó and with 228300 inhabitants.   Once there you will be exploring two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mankind: the Palm Groove where you will enjoy the stunning display of Mediterranean and tropical palm species and the Basilica of Saint Mary where the Mystery Play is staged annually every August. The tour will continue heading back to Alicante where you will visit Santa Barbara's Castle with spectacular views of the city's bay St. Nicholas Co-Cathedral that was built over a mosque the Baroque Town Hall and the Modernist Casa Carbonell amongst other important places. Once the tour reaches its end you will be transported back to your hotel."""
From EUR460.00
 
Private Santa Barbara Castle Tour in Alicante
"Live a unique experience. Live Alicante differently. Enjoy a private tour through the fortress of Alicante. To begin this experience you will receive a tour guide who will teach all the anecdotes that occurred within the walls of this castle.The tour starts with a 1 hour-guided tour visiting the Santa Barbara´s Castle where the participants will know the hidden corners of the fortress to know the darker and sinister stories about the events experienced in the Castle since the 9th century. The visit will end in the top of the Castle (called Macho) which offers the most beautiful views over the bay of Alicante province.After 1 hour of visit a table in the best area of the terrace of the Castle restaurant will be waiting for you. There you can enjoy one of the most traditional dishes of our province: A rice (paella) paired with an authentic wine from Alicante Designation of Origin (MO from S""
From EUR50.00
 
Alicante Private Walking Tour
"Greet your guide at the meeting point and make your way to the first stop of this tour Santa Bárbara's Castle. Located on the top of Benacantil mountain this historical building overlooks the city and allows you to have incredible views of the city and the Mediterranean sea. You will learn all of this landmark's cultural background from your guide as you sip on a glass of typical sangria (at your ow the Town Hall the Modernist Casa Carbonell and the Explanada de España.Enjoy the Mediterranean breeze as you discover this city and its people with the help of your private guide."""Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour through the city centre of Alicante. Discover all its main landmarks and monuments as well as all the local crafts and taste local products like the well known sangria.
From EUR170.00

Castillo de Santa Bárbara Tips (15)

Don't miss it!

Great place to visit in Alicante, lovely views over the city and sea. See website for more info.
http://www.castillodesantabarbara.com/
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bonio
Jan 17, 2015

Whopping great big castle

Even with a Palm lined seafront, beaches, an old town and a Marina it would be difficult to describe Alicante as a whole as 'charming' or 'picturesque'. The two massive castles that loom over the town, do however provide a sense of History and a setting for the place. The larger of the two is much older as it was begun by the Moors back in the 11 century. As Alfonso the wise conquered it on Saint Barbara's day, the castles name has become forever 'Santa Barbara'.

The fort area itself is on an impressive scale, and is free to enter. This is also true of concerts that are held on summer evenings. Many ascend by lift from the promenade area (you can't see it - it was cut into the rock), although the walk up from the centre of the city is well worth the effort. Recent efforts have been made to create a park on the lower slopes, although it will take a while to mature. Best of all (especially when the sun is in 'scorchio' mode) is to ascend by list and then come down via the new walkway that ends up near the market area.

Some say that if you stand in the Marina area you can see the face of a moor in the rock - maybe after a few too many Sangrias, but I couldn't.

Entry if free, although if you cant face the walk up and take the lift it will cost you 2 euro 50. The door to the lift is near the port. You may also get there when a large group is heading up - be prepared for a long wait as the lift only holds about 8 people at a time.

Also be warned that the 'grumpiest woman in spain' controls the lift and will not tolerate beachwear or a lack of shoewear in her somewhat small kingdom !

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sourbugger
Aug 20, 2014

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Castillo de Santa Barbara is at the top of the White rock - Benancatil. Its height is about 160 m.
The castle was constructed by Romans. Phillip II reconstructed it in the XVI-th century . It is possible to rise to the castle on a cable car. There is a small museum in the castle. There is a viewing platform at the top of the rock The magnificent view on the city and the sea opens from the platform.
The castle remained abandoned until 1963, when it was opened to the public. Lifts have been installed inside the mountain.

You can watch my 5 min 32 sec Video Alicante part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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Kuznetsov_Sergey
Jan 11, 2014

Santa Barbara Castle

Santa Barbara Castle is a medieval fortress on top of Mount Benacantil. It dominates the city and constitutes a landmark that is seen from far away. The castle offers the nicest views of Alicante's bay.

The upper fortress was built in the 14th century. The most important buildings (Hall of Felipe II, guardhouse, Queen’s bastion) belong to the part of the fortress built in the 16th century. During the War of the Spanish Sucesion (1701-1714) the Castle was occupied sucesively by the two forces in conflict: the Grand Alliance and the Two Crowns (France and Spain). In 1706 the British Army had taken the power. The French army dug a tunel and blew up part of the castle and as a consequence, many houses on foot of the mount were destroyed. The Governor's house and other parts of the castle were built again, as well as the lower fortress, in the 18th century.

The MUSA (Museo de Alicante) is spread in different rooms over the castle: the Engineers Hall, the Former Hospital, the Long Room and the Mine Rooms or English Caves.

In front of El Postiguet beach there is a lift that drives visitors to the castle traversing the rock. The castle can also be accessed on foot or by car along the road on the north face of Mount Benacantil.

La Cara del Moro ("The Moor's Face”) is a characteristic image of Alicante. When you look at Mount Benacantil from the beach, it looks like a human face. This side of the mount has recently been under works to avoid rock detachments.

The entrance is free.
Opening hours:
Winter (1st October - 31st March) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily.
Summer (1st April - 30th September) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily.

MUSA: 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily.

Lift: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last lift to ascend: 7.20 p.m. Last lift to descend: 7.40 p.m.

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Aitana
Dec 04, 2011
 
 
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Santa Barbara Castle

On top of the Mount Benacantil, which is almost entirely surrounded by the sea, you find the Castle of Santa Barbara. The panoramic views are fantastic. The three main buildings date from the 14th, 16th and 18th century. Foundations that date back to the 11th-12th centuries have been found here. Also Iberian, Roman and Arab remains.

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benidormone
Apr 04, 2011

Santa Bárbara Castle

Perched on top of Mount Benacantil, at a height of 166 metres, stands one of Spain's largest mediaeval fortresses, providing great views of Alicante's perfect bay.

It has three different enclosures from three distinct periods:

The upper enclosure, "La Torreta", is where visitors will find the keep and the most ancient remains of the fortress, which mostly date from the 14th century. The mid-level enclosure is home to the most important buildings, which were built in the 16th century. These include:
the Salón Felipe II hall the Cuerpo de Guardia guardhouse the Patio de Armas parade ground the Baluarte de la Reina bastion. The lower enclosure dates back to the 18th century and is home to the Revellín del Bon Repós ravelin. Visitors can access the castle via a lift built within the rockface opposite El Postiguet beach. You can also reach the castle on foot or by car along the road on the north face of Mount Benacantil, which starts in Calle Vázquez de Mella street. On the sea-facing slope of Mount Benacantil is the La Ereta park, an attractive open-air space with a restaurant, cafeteria and exhibition hall. The park offers superb views of the city and its Old Quarter, which can be reached easily via the various entrances to the park.

Curiously, when viewed from El Postiguet beach, Mount Benacantil looks like a human face in profile which is known as "La Cara del Moro" or "The Moor's Face" and is one of the city's most emblematic images.

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elssbkeppe
Jul 20, 2008

Castillo de Santa Bárbara

The Castillo de Santa Bárbara is an old castle in fron of the beach Postiguet in Alicante.
It is located on a "hilltop" (about 166 mtr) with views of the city of Alicante and the beach / harbour.
The access to the castle is free, and the opening hours is:
in summertime (abril-september) from 10:00 to 20:00
in wintertime (october-march) from 09:00 to 19:00.

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Christina1881
Oct 27, 2007

Castille de Santa Barbara

To visit Castille de Santa Barbara, you have a choice: WALK 350 ft up Mount Banacantil through wooded and scrubby parkland OR walk 200 yds through a tunnel and take the ELEVATOR for 2.4 euros. From the top it is easy to see why this was such a vital fortress with 360 degree views over the land and seascape. No invaders could get near without being seen. The first reports of a Citadel here come from the 10th. Century and it seems to have kept its Moorish structure until the 15th.Century when it had major alterations to convert it into a Christian building with a Palace, Church, cisterns, storerooms, kitchen, dining hall, stables, hospital, mills, oven etc. In the 16th. Century the Castle took on more of a military role with the provision of a Governor’s House, Engineering Corps HQ, dungeons, powder room and bakery as well as a parade ground, the troop barracks and guard room. It’s a truly remarkable place particularly since with all this history around, there are now very modern sculptures dotted around the site as well as various exhibitions of contemporary art in several of the rooms of the castle. To really explore the site can take a whole morning, although for the best views it is probably better in the afternoon when any early haze has cleared. And if all that walking round in the warmth builds up a thirst there is a tree-shaded area with a cafe cum bar to refresh those parts that are in need. The walk down through that parkland can be quite pleasant. Just at the bottom, at the moment, there is a massive construction going on with the building of a new underground and tram system.

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Jan 18, 2005

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SANTA BARBARA CASTLE

The Castle of Santa Barbara,it is located just entering the city by the north,on a small mountain called Benacantil at 166 meters above sea level.

The castle was built from the arabs,and takes its name because on that date (St. Barbara's Day) it was gained in a battle to the arabs for the prince Alfonso the Castilla,late King Alfonso X el Sabio,one of best kings that we had on medieval age.

The Castle of Santa Barbara,was opening to public on 1,963, after a very good restoration,because during many years the castle was not very well conserved,and needed that building works.
Also at the same time were opening the two elevators that are going up to the castle inside the mountain.

There are to ways to go there,one driving your own car by a small road that reach the castle by the back side,or much better taking the elevators that are just in the mountain in front of Postiguet Beach,this is the best way to go up.From the top of the castle you'll see amazing views of the city,harbor and Mediterranean Sea.

Inside the Castle you can see also a nice exposition about spanish sculputures and another nice ones,and also you can explore the inside of the rooms,corridors,dungeons,passages.

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Hosell
Jun 13, 2004

Castillo De Santa Barbara

Castillo De Santa Barbara is a pretty great old fortress located in the highest point of the city. It rises up to over 160 meters above the sea level (?) and gives nice view over the city and to the sea. Some plants and other stuff gives the interiors of the fortress a nice look. There are also some concert (?) halls inside the walls of Santa Barbara.

Oh, and it's totally free from charge. :-)

See more views at the travelogue.

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Heinisuo
Jul 12, 2003

Castle of Saint Barbara

This impressive fortress crowns the Mount Benacantil, the craddle of the city. The first human settlements known in Alicante were located in the slopes of this mount. All the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean sailed in these waters and some of them, Phoenicians and Greeks, even established themeselves in the vicinity. But, the Romans were the people that founded Lucentum, giving thus birth to the city of Alicante.

The mount Benacantil provided a strategic location that allowed an easy defense ot the city and its port. A free of pirates and invaders Mediterranean have turned the fortress into a public espace with contemporary sculpture exhibitions, gardens and the best view of the city and its port.

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DanielF
Jun 08, 2003

Visit the Castilla de Santa...

Visit the Castilla de Santa Barbara. Spectacular medievel castle sitting at the top of the of the Benacantil mountain. Offers fantastic views of Alicante and the surrounding coastline. Houses the 'Museo de las Hogueras', the Museum of Bonfires, contains effigies saved from the flames of the popular Las Hogueras festivities of Alicante.

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Sep 07, 2002

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