Castillo de Santa Barbara

#2 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
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Key Info

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Carthaginians built the first incarnation of this fortress in 400 B.C.; Romans and Arabs later used the fort and added to it — drawbridges, battery, hospitals, dungeons, and more. Today, the complex is solely used for tourism. Admission is free, but you'll face a small fee if you want to take the elevator up to the castle from the Avenue de Juan Bautista Lafora. If you'd rather walk to the top (and burn off a few paella calories), you can head east from Plaza del Carmen.

"What an interesting place and the views were stupendous. We could see right along to coast and to the distant mountains," said one TripAdvisor user.

Open from 10 a.m. to about 9:30 p.m. from May to September, the fortress closes a little earlier the rest of the year. And keep in mind that although visiting the Castillo de Santa Barbara is free, the elevator ride will cost you a small fee and guided tours cost €3 EUR (or about $4 USD).

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