Built back in the 14th century, the Castle of Santa Bárbara towers over the port of Alicante. Embedded with a rich and encapsulating history, the former fortress is now one of the most famous museums in the region.
If you are looking for a day trip that combines history with spectacular views of Alicante, then Santa Bárbara Castle is just for you.
What is Santa Bárbara Castle?
The castle has been many things over the centuries; a fortress, a prison, a museum and even a medical hospital. The museum offers a well-told history of the castle throughout the ages so we won’t delve into it too much here. You can arrange for a guided tour or explore at your own pace (we recommend a tour, as the guides offer so much more than the information boards dotted around the grounds).
Where is Santa Bárbara Castle?
The castle is located in Alicante. Specifically, opposite the Playa del Postiguet. The ancient fortress stands at a whopping 166 metres tall so it’s hard to miss if you are anywhere near Alicante city centre.
How to get to Santa Bárbara Castle
There are 3 ways you can get to the castle, each has its own appeal. You can drive to the entrance, take the lift or walk the hillside.
If you’ve rented a car or don’t mind taking a taxi, you can get dropped off right at the entrance. No walk, no fuss.
Also, if you don’t fancy walking up a semi-steep hillside, you can take the lift from Playa del Postiguet. The lift is priced at a modest €2.70 but is free for those over 65 or children under 5.
If you feel like grabbing yourself some exercise for the day, you can walk up the side of the hilltop. Make sure to wear some comfy shoes as it is a little more challenging than a stroll in the park. The website describes the route as “moderate difficulty” and takes around 30 minutes.
What to do at Santa Bárbara Castle
The castle offers guided tours, “dramatised” tours and several other experiences such as craft beer tasting and a selection of tapas. There is also a castle-top restaurant and bar for you to pick up food and refreshments. Make sure to visit early to get a seat; the restaurant can get rather busy later in the day.
For more ideas about what to do in Alicante, check out: The Best 5 Things To Do in Alicante