Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante.

Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante.

Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante.

Hi and welcome back, today I want to tell you a little about the Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante. You know I’m ashamed to say, that I’ve been living in the area for almost 20 years and this month, September 2018, was the first time I managed to visit the castle on the hill that’s awful!!

Sabine’s birthday motivated the trip down from Castalla, to spend some time in the city and finally take a look at the Santa B?rbara Castle in Alicante.

On arriving in the city we parked up in the underground car park on the Puerto opposite the Melia Hotel, it’s expensive by Spanish standards but very practical if you’ve got business around the lower end of town in places like the Barrio, The Explanade or Postiguet.La Explanada Alicante.

Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante.

From the car park we strolled across the Muelle de Levante and on to the Carrer de Jovellanos, 1. This is where you can take the lift to the fortification up on the Mount Benacantil. The ride up the 169m costs 2.70? per person but coming back down is free. The lift is at the end of a cool, dark, man-made tunnel and to reach the top of the hill takes a minute or so. The maximum capacity is 9 persons if I remember correctly, so it probably gets busy in the high season. On the day of our visit one of the Oceania Cruisers was in port so there were quite a few tourists on the move.

When the lift doors opened we walked out into the grounds of the Santa B?rbara Castle in Alicante. The fortification originates from the 9th Century during the time of Muslim control of the peninsula. In 1248 it was captured by Castilian Forces led by Alfonso of Castile and was from then on given the name Santa B?rbara because it was on this Saints Day that the Castle was recaptured from the Moors. From the 18th Century the military significance of the castle declined and in the years that followed it was sometimes used as a prison until it was deserted all together, until 1963 when it was opened to the public.

The first thing we did on leaving the lift was to follow the stone stairs and the other visitors up to the highest point. From the battlements we were greeted by a panoramic view, the city and the port of Alicante were spread out below us. On turning around we could see suburbs of the city and some of the most well-known Sierras of the Province of Alicante including the Puig Campana and the Sierra del Maigmo. Even though the skies were a little hazy the views were spectacular and if you’re not interested in the history of the castle the views alone are worth the trip.

After taking a quick walk around the rooms which were open to the public, we left the fort and headed down into the old part of the city, the area known as the El Barrio. This part of town centres on the town hall and the San Nicol?s Cathedral. It used to be one of the worst areas in the city, until a local government initiative helped clean it up and now it is one of Alicante’s most well-known tourist spots.

It was in this area that we dropped into the Sal & Pepe Restaurant and took our seats at a table on the terrace, a great place to watch the world go by whilst enjoying lunch. Between us we ate a Pizza and a Cesar Salad accompanied with Green Olives and fresh bread. The food was made using fresh ingredients and quality, taste and value for money were good as was the service, so no complaints there. If you’re in the city and fancy a bite to eat in pleasant surroundings you can do worse than Sale & Pepe, if you want to reserve a table follow the link.

Sal & Pepe Restaurant

Santa Bárbara Castle in Alicante.

That brings me to the end of this quick intro blog about one of the most well-known attractions in Alicante. Even though I haven’t gone into any depth I still hope that the info might motivate you to come and take a look.

Thanks for your interest and all the best until next time, JP. Oh and before I forget, if you need any information about Alicante just get in touch 

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