At the top of Mount Benacantil in Alicante to 166 meters of altitude, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, is the Castle of Santa Barbara.
The origin of the castle goes back to the Muslim era of ninth century, although its present appearance is due to the reforms undertaken since 1562 to 1580, in the reign of Philip II.
In Alicante, the Castle of Santa Barbara oversees from its location the city
On its slopes were found archaeological remains of the Bronze Age, the Iberian and Roman times, although the current fortress dating from in late ninth century.
La Atalaya of the Castle is divided into three distinct parts that are linked to three different times and located at different levels.
- In the oldest part we can find the Homage Tower, the Baluarte of the English, the Chamber of Governor, the Noble Hall and the Esplanade “Macho del Castillo” where was located the Alcazaba.
- In middle part of the Castle of Santa Barbara are the Courtyard de Armas, the Baluarte of the Queen, the Hermitage of Saint Barbara and lounge de Felipe II among other rooms.
- In the lower part of the Castle is the Revellín of Bon Repos, dated to eighteenth century and today is used as parking.
The Castle of Santa Barbara offers guided tours. In these visits you can see places closed to the public as the dungeons or the aljibe. The visits are held throughout the year while there is a minimum of four people and also you can rent audio guides for 2 €
Also exist theatrical visits, through them we can know the castle through four characters of the time, that portray passages and different historical moments in the evolution of the castle.
Addition we can enjoy the Museum of the City of Alicante (MUSA), which is within the outbuildings with ten rooms rehabilitated where we can travel through history through its archaeological permanent exhibition, with archaeological remains found in the city.
There are different fares from € 3 to € 7 depending on the type of visit that you want to perform.
More Information about the Castle of Santa Barbara in castillodesantabarbara.com.
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