Santa Barbara Castle Alicante (Castillo Santa Barbara,), Costs Blanca, Spain
Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo Santa Barbara), looking from the sea ward side of the town
The enormous Santa Barbara Castle (Castillo Santa Barbara) is located on of high cliffs of Mount (Mont) Benacanil just behind Alicante's sea front esplanade, Av J. R. Lafora. Spectacular views of Alicante and the surrounding countryside can be seen from the castle ramparts.
Although this mighty castle perched as it is, on top of a mountain with sheer sides looks impregnable it was defeated on several occasions. When the British had control of the castle they were defeated by the Spanish who dug a cave into the mountain side, filled it with gunpowder and lit the fuse, blasting the mountain apart and a good proportion of the castle with it.
Old drawings of the castle show this side of the mountain as been a fairly flat surface, now note the massive indentation in the centre of the photograph above that was cause by the blast of the mine.
Access to the Castle
The entrance is on the far side of the castle away from the sea front.
The road up to the castle starts from Avenida de Jaime II, near the Marq Tram station which is 200 metres from the N332 the main coastal highway, excluding the Motorways (Autopista & Autovia)
There are alternative paths up to the castle, the best one is through El Erata Park with an entrance next to the Water Museum. This route gives spectacular views over the Old Town, Marina and Sea Front