Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara) Tours

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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 Castle of Santa Barbara. 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.

Practical Info

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. 
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Address: Alicante, Spain
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Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m
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Alicante Private Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Alicante Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

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).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Alicante Gourmet Walking Tour

Enjoy a mouth-watering introduction to Alicante’s rich culinary heritage on this fun 2-hour walking tour of Alicante. Sample gourmet foods, regional specialties and fine local wines as you follow your guide around the maze-like Old Town. Treat your taste buds to cured meats, crumbly pastries and salted fish, then purchase some biscuits, homemade nougat or olive oil as a souvenir. That’s not all: you’ll also have chance to taste the wine beloved by French King Louis XIV and sample a drink favored by the ancient Egyptian pharaohs.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-hour Private Santa Barbara Castle tour in Alicante

Santa Barbara Castle is one of the most impressive landmarks in Alicante and this private tour lets you escape the crowds and explore at your own pace. Learn the fascinating history of the 9th-century fortress, marvel at the views from the mountaintop, then enjoy a delicious paella lunch with regional wines at the castle’s terrace restaurant.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Alicante 3h shared walking tour small group shore excursion

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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Santa Barbara Castle and Volvo Ocean Race Museum Tour in Alicante

Visit the dramatic cliff-top Santa Barbara Castle, one of Europe’s largest medieval fortresses, on this 3-hour from Alicante. Go behind-the-scenes on a 1-hour guided tour of the castle, peeking into the dungeons and cisterns, then marvel over the magnificent views of the city below. Your entry tickets also include access to the Volvo Ocean Race museum.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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3-Hour Walking Tour of Alicante

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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Alicante Private Half Day Tour with 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 4-hour 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Alicante

Discover the gem of Spain’s Costa Blanca with 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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