entrance fee :
* use of the elevator : 2,70 euro per person
* some exhibitions are to be paid seperately
opening hours :
* October 1 to March 31: daily 10 am - 8 pm
* April 1 to September 30: daily 10 am - 10 pm
* phone : (+34) 965 147 160 (Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm)
* castle : Carrer de Acceso al Castillo Sta. Barbara, Alicante
* GPS : 38°20'57.5"N 0°28'38.5"W - decimal 38.349311,-0.477365
* elevator : Carrer de Jovellanos, Alicante
* GPS : 38°20'48.1"N 0°28'36.5"W - decimal 38.346703,-0.476813
* Torrevieja : 53 km, 56 minutes
* Guardamar : 41 km, 48 minutes
* La Marina : 31 km, 40 minutes
Castillo de Santa Barbara
166 meters high on the Monte Benacantil hill there is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Although the castle is more than 1.000 years old, it is well preserved and largely intact. The oldest remains that still exist today date from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. A large part of the castle was only added after the Middle Ages.
The castle was used for military purposes for a long time and some parts served as a prison from time to time. You will discover ruins of the original church, a large canal and impressive cannons that were meant to protect the city. Within the walls of the castle you will find a lookout tower, dungeons and a palace. The tower hangs over a cliff and gives you a breathtaking view of the port of Alicante. El Castillo de Santa Barbara has been open to the public since 1966.
The drive to Santa Barbara Castle takes about five minutes from the center of the city, while a walk can take an hour.
The sports enthusiasts who take the climb can choose from various hiking trails. All hiking trails lead to…. Santa Barbara. The first option is to take the main road, the same as where the cars go up. A second option is to leave at the "Mercado" tram stop. A perk with steep paths starts up there. The most popular and attractive way to visit Santa Barbara Castle is, option three, starting from the beach. A few hundred meters to the left next to the elevator, you enter the old city. In Calle San Juan, signposts show the "Parque de la Ereta" with the way to the top. The further route is fairly easy. You follow the different plateaus upwards. After a lot of stairs and steep paths you will come across restaurant "La Ereta". If you follow the steep path up here, you go through a gate in a wall and you get to a gravel path. Keep following and you will arrive at the entrance of the castle.
Elderly people and people with disabilities can use a lift from the base of the mountain to the top. You reach the lift via a 205-meter-long walking tunnel, the entrance of which is on Calle Jovellanos. Admission to the castle is free, but a fee is charged for the lift.
Do you want a spectacular return trip? Then choose the path across the wall of the castle. If you leave the castle and go back onto the gravel path you will come back to the wall. Don't take the same gate back down but go through the gate on your right. This is the access to walk across the wall. The descent at a considerable pace of walking is an experience in itself because the wall seems to swing a bit and you descend so quickly that you almost risk walking in an abyss. Also don't forget to look back once in a while at the beautiful view of the castle. You can of course also walk up through the wall, but we find that less spectacular.