Castillo de Santa Barbara

Perhaps the most prominent symbol of Alicante is its Castle which looks out over the city & surrounding land from the summit of mount Benacantil, 166m above the sea. Archaeological findings seem to indicate its site was originally that of an Iberian hill fort, although the castle itself dates from the sixteenth century. The building itself is well preserved with draw bridges, stone passages, hidden tunnels & dungeons. In addition a beautiful garden has been created in the grounds, with many works from Spanish master sculptors featuring. Be sure to pay a visit to the "Museo de les Fogueres" museum which features many of the best effigies captured from the flames of the "Las Hogueras de San Juan" festival. Ascent can either be made by car, or lift going up from Postiguet beach.
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