Castillo de Santa Barbara#3 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
Price & Hours
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).
More Best Things To Do in Alicante
#1 San Juan Beach
You'll find this piece of shoreline just about 6 miles north of Alicante. Playa del San Juan is accessible by bus or tram, and it's known as one of Spain's best beaches, in fact, many travelers say it offers a better beach experience than you'll find at Postiguet. It's also pretty long (a little more than 4 miles), so you'll surely be able to carve out your own little space in the sand. And just behind the beach are restaurants, nightlife venues and even an 18-hole golf course.
Explore More of Alicante
Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019
Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019
Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019
Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019
Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019
Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019
Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019
Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019
Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019