The Castle of Santa Bárbara

Perched on top of M­ount Benacantil, at a height of 166 metres, stands one of Spain’s largest mediaeval fortresses, providing great views of Alicante’s perfect bay. It has three different enclosures from three distinct periods:

The upper enclosure, “La Torreta”, is where visitors will find the keep and the most ancient remains of the fortress, which mostly date from the 14th century.

  • The mid-level enclosure is home to the most important buildings, which were built in the 16th century. These include:
  • the Salón Felipe II hall
  • the Cuerpo de Guardia guardhouse the Patio de Armas parade ground the Baluarte de la Reina bastion.
  • The lower enclosure dates back to the 18th century and is home to the Revellín del Bon Repós ravelin.

Getting there

Visitors can access the castle via a lift built within the rockface opposite El Postiguet beach. You can also reach the castle on foot or by car along the road on the north face of Mount Benacantil, which starts in Calle Vázquez de Mella street.

On the sea-Facing slope of Mount Benacantil is the  Ereta park, an attractive open-air space with a restaurant, cafeteria and exhibition hall.

The park offers superb views of the city and its Old Quarter, which can be reached easily via the various entrances to the park. Curiously, when viewed from El Postiguet beach, Mount Benacantil looks like a human face in profile which is known as “La Cara del Moro” or “The Moor’s Face” and is one of the city’s most emblematic images.

Opening Hours

  • From Monday to Sunday
  • from 10.00 am to 12.pm
Lift: 
  • From monday to sunday:  10.00 am to 11.30 pm
  • Price:  2.70 euros (retired; free acces)
  • From 7.45 pm to 11.30pm: Free acces
  • ( located in  c/ Juan Bautista La Fora)
  • From monday to sunday:  10.00am to 10.00 pm
Lift:
  • From monday to sunday: 10.00am to 8.00 pm
  • Last elevator to go up: 7:20 pm.
  • Last elevator to go down the Castle: 7:40 pm.
  • Price:  2.70 euros ( retired; free acces)
  • (located in al  c/ Juan Bautista La Fora)
  • From Monday to Sunday
  • 10.00am to 8.00pm
Lift:
  • From monday to sunday:  10.00am  to 8.00 pm
  • Last elevator to go up: 7:20 pm.
  • Last elevator to go down the Castle: 7:40 pm.
  • Price:  2.70 euros (retired; free acces)
  • (located in c/ Juan Bautista La Fora)
  • From monday to sunday: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Lift
  • From monday to sunday: 10.00am-8.00 pm
  • Last elevator to go up: 7.20 pm.
  • Last elevator to go down the Castle: 7:40 pm.
  • Price:  2.70 euros (retired; free acces)
  • ( located in c/ Juan Bautista La Fora)

Castle of Santa Bárbara

Lift to the Castle

Lift to the Castle

Access for vehicles

Access for vehicles

Address

  • Monte Benacantil Castillo Santa Bárbara, S/N, 03013 Alicante
  • Coordenates: 38.348952,-0.477583

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