Visit Alicante's Castle of Santa Barbara
The 9th century castle of Santa Barbara acquired its name by being captured and liberated by Prince Alfonso de Castilla from Islamic forces on Saint Barbara's day. Situated high above the city of Alicante on top of Monte Benacantil the castle was of great strategic importance and during the reign of King Philip II the castle was remodelled and reinforced however suffered serious bombardment many times during the 17th,18th, and 19th centuries.
In 1963 the castle was opened to the public, two lift shafts were cut through the inside of the mountain on which the castle sits to give easy access for the visitors who flock to visit this impressive fortress and to enjoy the panoramic views over the City, the port and the Mediterranean. One can also enjoy a refreshing drink, tapas or a full lunch whilst relaxing in the enchanting surroundings. There are three areas of historical interest to visit: the Torreta, including the former Keep; the intermediate area with the most important apartments, including the Hall of Philip II, the parade ground and the lower area, built in the 18th century, including the Revellín del Bon Repós.
Opening Times : Apr 01 to Jun 30 Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Jul 05 to Sep 01 Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sep 02 to Sep 30 Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Oct 01 to Mar 31 Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Free access via Vázquez de Mella. The lift is free in July and August from 7 pm to 11.30 pm.
The rest of the year, the lift can be accessed via the tunnel on Avenida Juan Bautista Lafora, opposite Postiguet beach. Price : €2,70 ; Other Services include Audio guide, Cafe, Guided tours, Shop.