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“Nice walk from old town”

Castle of Santa Barbara
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2-hour Private Santa Barbara Castle tour in Alicante
Ranked #2 of 146 things to do in Alicante
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Perched on a hillside, this historic 16th-century castle and fortress overlooks the town of Alicante.
Reviewed October 20, 2013

If you are willing to walk uphill for 10-15 minutes, this is a nice walk from the edge of old town. The views from the top are superb. There is a restaurant-cafe with stunning views, where you can reward yourself with a salad, beer or ice-cream. It is possible to enjoy the site for free, but there is also a museum to visit, if you want a more formal introduction to the fortress. The return walk down to the city centre of Alicante is very easy and downhill:)

Thank NikkiNovak
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you spend anytime in Alicante you will have noticed the castle of Santa Barbara looming abaove the beaches of the city. There are two ways to get there - the elevator, which costs a handlful of euros, or you can walk around and go in through the main entrance. I recommend the latter - you have to walk of course, but it will let you appreciate the architecture of the castle from different angles, plus you will appreciate the scale of it, as there are many side paths and extra butresses jutting out that are simply not visible from inside. Once inside, there are several expositions and museums depending on what time of year you go, and you can also take guided tours or audio tours - be warned of the spanish siesta however as they won't be available from mid-day to 4pm, even though this doesn't stop you visiting the castle on your own. It is free of charge, save for a few smaller exhibitions that you have to pay for if you want to. The only other issue I had with some of the exhibits is that some of them were exclusively in spanish, which I found odd considering there are so many international tourists. I have conversational spanish so for me it wasn't such an issue, although some of the historical vocabulary was beyond my reach. Regardless of the way you access the castle, make sure you try and take the "west" walkway out of the castle. It gives you another viewpoint of the city and it's a nice walk back down to Alicante on a pedestrianised footbridge. It ends at the old part of down which is quaint in itself so you'll miss all this if you just use the elevator to get back down to the beaches. Definitely a highlight with some spectacular views in store. It's free, so there's no reason not to go.

Thank Arkada
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The views from castle were fantastic- and there was so much to see and explore. The audio show is worth a visit - the history of Alicanti came as a surprise and what a pity few are actually prepared to sit through the whole of the exposition ( put on in English for us)

Thank JHB_10
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Take the lift it's the only cost it's worth it for the views
Have a good look round but make sure you have good footwear
You can see all of Alicante from the top
If it's really hot go later or early

Thank sherbert852
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

A great free attraction with some interesting history and lovely views.

There's a lift up if you require it and it is a fairly taxing walk, especially when its hot. If you like a bit of exercise though, a brisk early morning walk is a good way to start your day. Take the path that starts on Calle San Jaun, then just follow the path up until you come to an arch, go through the arch and join the main road that leads straight into the castle. There's plenty of historic info and displays up there, along with cafe's and loos, so you can make a nice 1/2 day out of your visit, if you want to linger.

When you go back down, you'll pass a restaurant that you will have noticed on your way up. Rather than go back the same way take the right hand path here, then turn right again and go down some steps that will lead you into the most picturesque part of the old town.

Thank Ivan1944
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