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Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara) Tours

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Castle of Santa Barbara (Castillo de Santa Barbara)
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.

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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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Cultural Tours

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ALICANTE: CASTLE AND HISTORICAL CENTRE

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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Alicante Half Day Private Tour with Transfers

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
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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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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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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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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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Alicante Segway Castles tour

Visit Alicante in comfort with this Segway tour. You'll start with the old town, passing through old streets and palaces as you make your way toward the castle of San Fernando, with its great city views. From here, you'll ride down to a bullring and past a local market before finishing off at the Moorish castle of Santa Barbrara.
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Unforgettable Alicante

We provide a real pespective of Alicante from our local tour guides, we offer a great experience at the Santa Barbara castle: amazing views while you sip one of the best wines of Alicante.• Mingle with the locals in their neighbourhood• Immerse yourself in the buzz of street life and listen to stories of the past and everyday life of Alicante • This Alicante walking tour is a great orientation for first-time visitors,
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Ports of Call Tours

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).
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Walking Tours

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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Cultural Tours

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Total Alicante Private Experience

This is TOTAL Alicante experience, we will cover the best of Alicante from its history, cuisine best wines and stories.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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 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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Alicante guided tour with shuttle from Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa & Guardamar

Personalized tour in small groups, to ensure a more flexible and better experience. You will see the nicest and more relevant spots in Alicante all in one day. Your guide shares informative commentary at all the sights during the whole journey. We take care of you since first to last. We pick you up where you indicate us, we bring you on an amazing day trip, and we drop you off back home.
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ALICANTE WALKING TOUR City Centre & Santa Barbara Castle

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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Alicante and Elche Highlights Day Tour from Benidorm

Visit Elche and Alicante on a private tour from Benidorm, and get a personal introduction to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a historic Moorish town, and a seaside Spanish city. This guided tour accommodates your group of up to four people, is priced per vehicle, and includes round-trip transport from Benidorm.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Private bike tour (minimum 2 people)

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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Walking 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
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