Castle of Santa Bárbara

Due to the Health Alert by COVID-19, Santa Barbara Castle will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Phone: (+34) 601 31 24 40

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Castle of Santa Bárbara will remain closed, but we continue to answer your questions via the following contact details:

The Castle of Santa Bárbara is perched on top of M­ount Benacantil at a height of 166 metres, and 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 guard house 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.

Free admission.

ACCESS BY ROAD: Restricted access. Maximum authorised measurements for passenger transport vehicles: Length 8,5 m, weight 6,800 kg.

ACCESS ON DAYS OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Possible restrictions for private vehicles to the Castle due to traffic density. It is recommended to use the lift.

Children's guide of Santa Bárbara Castle

Museum of the city of Alicante MUSA

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Opening Hours of the Alicante City Museum (MUSA)

  • Every day, from 10 am to 2.30 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
  • Phone: +34- 965 152 969

Official guided tours service

Languages: Spanish / Valencian / English: Depending on the languages spoken by visitors, guided tours can be done in different languages simultaneously

  • 01/04 – 31/05: 5.30 p.m
  • 01/06 – 30/09 :10:30 a.m and 6:30 p.m
  • 01/10 – 31/10 : 5.30 p.m
  • 01/11 – 31/03 :11:30 a.m

Sala del Cuerpo de Guardia, en la Plaza de Armas.

Opening of the “Aljibe” to visit for free half an hour before the beginning of the visit.


  • Adults: 5 Euros (18-65 years)
  • Children: free (< 6 years)
  • Junior: 3 euros (6 to 17 years old)
  • Senior: 3 euros (> 65 years)

Other bonus situations

The following groups will have access to the reduced fare of 3 €:

• Groups of more than 20 pax,
• Unemployed with accreditation,
• Large family,
• Pensioner with accreditation


In addition to the schedules established for regular visits, reservations are offered for any time, with official guide exclusively for that private visit, with the following rates:

  • From 4 to 8 visitors: 15 euros/person
    From 9 to 15 visitors: 10 euros/person
    From 16 to 25 visitors: 6 euros/person
    From 26 to 35 visitors: 4 euros/person
    More than 35 visitors: 3 euros/person


These visits can be booked by contacting the Association of Official Guides of the Comunitat Valenciana by:

• Phone +34 693 771 105
• Email:

Santa Bárbara Castle

Opening Hours 

• Winter (1 October to 31 March): 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Everyday.
• April, May, June and September: from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Everyday.
• July and August: from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. When there are cultural events at night, please check closing time.

Access to the Castle: free


• Last elevator going up: 7:20 p.m.
• Last elevator going down: 7:40 p.m.

Lifts are located opposite the Postiguet beach, on Avenida Juan Bautista Lafora.

Price of lifts:

• General, 2.70 euros.
• Free of charge for pensioners who can accredit this condition by means of a document.

Getting there

Pedestrian access through the Ereta footbridge, closed until further notice.

Visitors can access the castle via a lift built within the rock face 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.

On the sea-facing slope of Mount Benacantil is the Ereta park, an attractive open-air space with a restaurant.

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.


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