Alicante has one of the best fortresses in Europe. The Castle of Santa Barbara is located on the Benacantil mountain, with spectacular views and at an altitude of 166 meters above sea level, which gave it an enormous strategic value. From there you can see the whole bay of Alicante and its surroundings.On its slopes have been found archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman times. Although the origin of the current fortress must be sought at the end of the ninth century with the Muslim domination. In the vicinity of the slopes of Mount Benacantil we will find an extraordinary atmosphere of great popularity. A modern and cosmopolitan city, known as El Barrio, which keeps secrets that may surprise the visitor as a typical corner and haven of peace where the clock seems to have stopped in time.Finally, the beautiful esplanade of Spain, bordered by palm trees, ideal for taking the specialty introduced by the Arabs the “Horchata”.
Features of the tour
1. Santa Bárbara Castle: Once in the bus, we will leave the port in the direction of the Castle of Santa Barbara, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Located at the top of Benacantil hill. Spectacular views over the city and its surroundings.
2. Panoramic along the coast: Then, with the same bus, we will make a panoramic stroll by the coast and city. The guide will give you the corresponding explanations of this Mediterranean city.
3. Old Town: A guided stroll takes you through the charming old quarter, nestling at the foot of the imposing Castle. The Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas has an austere renaissance façade, but inside you’ll discover a magnificent 17th century nave and 15th century cloister. You’ll also see the impressive 18th century baroque Town Hall, where your guide will provide you with details of its imposing exterior before some free time. You will also have the opportunity to visit the unique small Synagogue of Alicante.(Only if requested).
4. Esplanade of Spain: In the beautiful Explanada de España, bordered by palm trees, taste (optionally) the delicious local speciality introduced by the Arabs in Alicante: ‘ Horchata’, a sweetened milk of ground tiger nuts.
***Essential information: This tour involves some steps at the Town Hall. There are also steep steps and inclines at the Castle. An interior visit of the Town Hall cannot be made at weekends or festivity days. In this case, instead we will visit the local Fiesta Exhibition Room.