It was on St Barbara’s Day, December the fourth, when Alfonso X El Sabio finally took posession of Alicante Castle, then in Arab hands, back in 1248.
If you didn’t know, St Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen and jobs which deal with explosives. Brave woman!
The castle was used as a jail for prisoners during The Spanish Civil War (you can still see some graffiti and carvings the prisoners made) and has been the setting for some of the most famous Spanish horror movies in the 1970s.
El Castillo de Santa Barbara is one of the most valueable Alicante treasures.
Enjoy the walk up to the top through Ereta Park and be astonished by the panoramic views, the whole of Alicante is at your feet.
If you visit in the summer, better take the lift and don’t miss the dramatized guided visits, exhibitions and the late evening concerts.