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Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) Tours

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Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara)
Travelers seeking a touchstone to history will find ancient artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as items from the Iberian and Roman empires at the Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara). This towering structure is tucked atop a rocky overlook and dates back to the 9th century. Like much of the region, it was once ruled by Muslims before being captured by Castillians in the mid-1200s.

The castle grounds, which stand high above Alicante, are worth exploring, and visitors say the epic views contribute to a greater understanding of the city’s layout. A tiny souvenir shop and quaint coffee shop serving up strong brews offer the perfect place to relax after wandering through the historic site, which does not disappoint.

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The castle stands atop Mount Benacantil at the center of Alicante, Spain. It is open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. It is possible to reach the castle by foot—though travelers agree the climb is a bit steep—or by lift or taxi. 
Address: Alicante, Spain
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m
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ALICANTE WALKING TOUR City Centre & Santa Barbara CastleHalf-day Tours

ALICANTE WALKING TOUR City Centre & Santa Barbara Castle

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The professionality and personality of our licensed tourist guides make this tour unique. They will provide you not only with useful information on the city but also with anecdotes, curious data and a sound knowledge of the local history and customs.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Alicante: Castle And Historical CentreHalf-day Tours

Alicante: Castle And Historical Centre

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Discover by the hands of our tour guides the history and culture of the Alicante city. Our first stop is located at 169 metres above the sea level, where stands the Castle of Santa Barbara that started the city of Al-Laqant, built 1000 years ago. Today from that same spot you can enjoy the best views of the city and it is a great starting point to learn about the fascinating story of Alicante. We offer a private tour, with no rush, just enjoying the moment, the legends and what our guides have to say about this charming city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private bike tour (minimum 2 people)Mountain Bike Tours

Private bike tour (minimum 2 people)

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In this tour you will see all the highlights of Alicante, with your own guide. It will be just you and your fellow travelers, no other travelers will be joining the group. MINIMUM: 3 travelers
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  • 2 hours 50 minutes
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  • 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

3-Hour Walking Tour of AlicanteHalf-day Tours

3-Hour Walking Tour of Alicante

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Discover the history, architecture, and culture of Alicante on a 3-hour walking tour of the city’s top sites. Hear fascinating stories and facts as you explore, from the Santa Bárbara Castle to the Old Town, colorful neighborhoods, and the palm-lined Explanada de España, where you’ll have sweeping views across the water. This Alicante walking tour is a great orientation for first-time visitors, and multiple departures are available each day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Alicante 3h shared walking tourHalf-day Tours

Alicante 3h shared walking tour

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See most of Alicante’s major attractions in just a few hours when you embark on this introductory tour of the coastal city. Admire sweeping panorama views, and visit one of Alicante's key landmarks, when you take an elevator (own expense) to Santa Bárbara Castle on Mount Benacantil. Then, wander through the scenic old town, visit the Co-Cathedral of St. Nicholas, stroll down the Explanada de España, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of AlicanteHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante

Discover the gem of Spain’s Costa Blanca on a private half-day walking tour of Alicante. Stroll among charming streets and squares with an official tour guide, stopping to explore highlights like the Basilica of Santa Maria and the Castle of Santa Bárbara that towers over the port town. A flexible, personalized itinerary makes this an ideal introduction for first-time visitors.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alicante Full Day Experience Including Visit to Elche with TransfersFull-day Tours

Alicante Full Day Experience Including Visit to Elche with Transfers

Discover culture and history on the Costa Blanca on this full-day Alicante tour including Elche visit. Visit the historic town of Elche with a guide and take in top attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Palm Grove of Elche and the Basilica of Saint Mary, where the medieval ‘Mystery Play of Elche’ is performed each year. Explore Alicante’s historic Old Town — home to landmarks such as the Co-cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Modernist Casa Carbonell and the Baroque Town Hall — and enjoy panoramic bay views from Santa Bárbara Castle.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Alicante (Cruise port or hotel pick up)Half-day Tours

Private 4-hour City Tour of Alicante (Cruise port or hotel pick up)

Alicante is one of the most popular cities along Spain’s Costa Blanca, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing. This private tour is tailor-made for you, with private transport, a private guide, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alicante Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Alicante Private Walking Tour

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Discover the historic landmarks and gastronomic highlights of vibrant Alicante on this 3-hour walking tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you explore the mountaintop Santa Bárbara Castle and sip a glass of traditional Sangria (own expense) looking down over the coast. Then, stroll along the scenic Explanada de España, admire architectural gems like Casa Carbonell and visit the striking St. Nicholas of Bari Cathedral.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Unforgettable Alicante Half-day Tours

Unforgettable Alicante

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Coastal Alicante is known for its old-world charm—and this small-group walking tour invites you to discover its top sights. Meet your guide at the waterfront Plaza Puerta del Mar. You’ll stroll the tiled Explanada de España, will enjoy panoramic views (and local wine) at the lofty Santa Bárbara Castle, will admire major landmarks like the San Nicolas de Bari Procathedral, will mingle with locals at a bustling market, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Evening Yacht PartyHalf-day Tours

Evening Yacht Party

Spend a morning, afternoon or evening enjoying the shores of Alicante aboard the Kaizen yacht. You will enjoy unforgettable views of its monuments from the sea, a privileged site, sunbathing and enjoying snacks on board while sailing the sea and relaxing in our company. We wait for you, we guarantee your enjoyment and entertainment FREE CANCELLATION IF YOU DO NOT ARRIVE TO THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PASSENGERS OR BAD CLIMATOLOGICAL CONDITIONS MINIMUM NUMBER OF TRAVELERS 8 IN TOTAL
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Total Alicante Private Experience Full-day Tours

Total Alicante Private Experience

See the best of Alicante—and even sample its tasty tapas—on this introductory, private walking tour. Pick between two possible departure times, meet your guide in the city center, and set off on foot. You’ll stroll the seaside Explanada de España, will enjoy aerial views from Santa Bárbara Castle, will stop for snacks in the old Barrio Santa Cruz, will browse the bustling Mercado Central, and much more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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Alicante Half Day Private Tour with TransfersHalf-day Tours

Alicante Half Day Private Tour with Transfers

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Get to know the charming Mediterranean city of Alicante during this private shore excursion. Experience daily life for city residents in the Santa Cruz area, and then check out Alicante highlights like the Santa Barbara Castle, the bullring, the modernist-style Carbonell House, and the ‘Explanada de España,’ promenade.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Alicante Shore Excursion: Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Alicante Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

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Discover Alicante on this walking tour with a private guide. Bookable for your own group of up to 15 people, the shore excursion includes stops at all the key sights around the coastal city. Take in sweeping views of Alicante from the mountaintop Castle of Santa Bárbara, then head into Alicante Old Town to learn about the city history. See San Nicolas de Bari Procathedral and the modernist Casa Carbonell among other landmarks, then sample the local sangria, if you wish (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Alicante 4-Hour private Shore Excursion with transportHalf-day Tours

Alicante 4-Hour private Shore Excursion with transport

When your cruise ship docks in the Port of Alicante, spin through the city by private vehicle and take in top attractions with ease on this private 4-hour tour. Travel in comfort through Alicante and discover landmarks including the bullring (Plaza de Toros), the Central Market and Santa Bárbara Castle. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in sunny Santa Cruz. Admire the iconic Co-cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the 20th-century Modernist Casa Carbonell and the Baroque Town Hall. Then, finish with a stroll along the Spanish Esplanade and enjoy fine seaside views.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Virtual guided tour AlicanteCity Packages

Virtual guided tour Alicante

This is a virtual guided tour where you will meet your local guide through your screen. It´s a unique way to meet your local guide and to havem him/her for 60'min explaining and driving you inside the culture, history, traditions from home. Using new tools and new tecnologies we will introduce you inside Alicante in this virtual guided tour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Half-Day Guided Historic Tour of Alicante with Tapas TastingBus Tours

Half-Day Guided Historic Tour of Alicante with Tapas Tasting

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Are you ready for the adventure? Starting at Central Market, where we will try various typical snacks, we are going to conquer one of the most beautiful castles in Spain in front of the sea which has more than 1000 years of history. (Transportation to the castle is incluided). We will descend to the historic center enjoying the most important monuments and discovering the seven secrets. Let me surprise you with the beauty of my hometown and with countless anecdotes, history, legends and intrigue. Finally we will visit the tapas bar run by my childhood friend, he has been awarded with the best tapas in Alicante, and you will be able to taste one of the winner tapas as well as a typical Spanish drink.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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3 days in Alicante: transfer in, walking tour, tapas and wine tastingMulti-day Tours

3 days in Alicante: transfer in, walking tour, tapas and wine tasting

Enjoy two days in Alicante touring its streets and feeling like a local. You will discover through history and gastronomy the culture of Spain and customs in Alicante. We recommend for travelers who just want to enjoy the authentic city and be their first or second visit ..
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation

Half day in Alicante with snack and coverHalf-day Tours

Half day in Alicante with snack and cover

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture by exploring Alicante on an itinerary inspired by locals for travelers. Sure, the monuments and history are exciting, but wait until you taste the tapas and sip the famous wines from Alicante. Discover both the traditional and the trendy sides of Alicante Enjoy tapas with locals in the most authentic area Have fun
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to AlicanteDay Trips

Day Trip to Alicante

A guided full-day sightseeing trip to visit the top sights in the city of Alicante. One of the largest tourist destinations in Spain. Get Advice from a local and make it easy to visit the most important and nicest sights of Alicante; most scenic streets, Santa Barbara Castle and other landmarks.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Guided Sunset Tour of Santa Barbara Castle in AlicanteCity Packages

Guided Sunset Tour of Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante

Santa Barbara´s Castle is the jewel and the main icon of Alicante. But it is also the greatest medieval fortress in Europe! Therefore, the Castle has been witness to invasions, uprisings, betrayals, explosions and imprisonments during its more than a thousand years of history. During the tour our local guides with their unique style will storytell the history and their family stories. While visiting the main buildings and viewpoints. Join us and discover the Santa Barbara´s Castle, a crucial part to understand the city, its history and culture!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover the highlights of the Alicante city on a private full day tourHalf-day Tours

Discover the highlights of the Alicante city on a private full day tour

Alicante is the capital of eastern Spain’s Costa Blanca holiday region. Situated in the lovely Costa Blanca coastline, Alicante is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities with amazing beaches, interesting museums, and extraordinary monuments. We invite you to explore the city with our local guide, who will make this day unforgettable. Your guide will pick you up from your cruise ship or from your hotel. First stop will be at the Santa Barbara Castle, you will take an elevator up and have a guided tour of the castle, getting to know the history of Alicante and don’t forget your camera – as views from that place are truly amazing. The next stop will be the city center walking tour: Santa Cruz neighborhood, Co-cathedral, town hall, Carbonell House, Esplanade. You will have time to have a snack or lunch or to drink some coffee. After that, you will have a panoramic city tour and your driver will drop you off at any place you prefer or drive you back.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Explore the old city center of Alicante private walking tourHalf-day Tours

Explore the old city center of Alicante private walking tour

We are thinking that the best way to discover the old part of Alicante is on foot - with our great, knowledgeable, and funny local guide! You will explore all the corners and hidden gems in a friendly and cosy manner, taking your time, having coffee breaks and taking the best recommendations from your guide. Your guide will meet you at the seaport or your hotel if you are staying in the city. First, your guide will take you to Saint Barbara’s Castle, located on the strategic Benacantil mountain with the inside guided visit. You will continue with the walking tour of the old city. The tour ends in the city, but your guide will assist you in calling the taxi back or leave you in the place to have lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) hours of operation?
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Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) hours of operation: Daily, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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