The Castillo de Santa Bárbara offers an infinite range of possibilities for visitors. From a tour of its indoor exhibitions and walks with the best views of Alicante, to culinary experiences, concerts, dramatised tours and more.

If you want to visit the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, we recommend setting aside at least one or two hours in order to fully enjoy this magical place.

Guided tours

Enjoy a one-hour guided tour and get to know the history of the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, thanks to our official guides.

Access to the Old Dungeons, Cistern and Hospital is only available by booking the official castle tour.

Renaissance Cistern

Located under the current Weapons Courtyard. In the mid 16th century, with two naves supported by ashlar arches and designed to collect rainwater, the Cistern features a projection that simulates the effect of water on the walls.

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Exclusive access with guided tour.

The Old Dungeons

These dungeons once housed a great number of anonymous prisoners, about whom we will unfortunately never know anything, as well as some illustrious characters (including the Marquis of Valdeflores, the Count of Lumiares, the leaders of the separatists revolts on the island of Cuba, some liberal leaders, General Juan Prim and General Francisco Serrano Dominguez). Inside, visitors can also discover recreations of some of the torture machines used in our country throughout history.

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Felipe II Hall

A covered space with a huge capacity which can be used to organise dinners or cocktail receptions in a distinguished and elegant environment, bursting with history.

The Weapons Courtyard

The middle enclosure is home to the wide Weapons Courtyard, behind which lie the ruins of the hermitage of Santa Bárbara, the Guards’ Barracks and the Queen’s Bastion. This is a spacious, multi-purpose outdoor area with a large capacity. Located at the doorway of the Felipe II Hall, here, visitors will find a place that simply oozes magic and history in equal measures.

As well as the incredible panoramic views offered by the enclosure, from the terrace of the cafe and restaurant you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat against the stunning backdrop offered by the sea and the castle’s Weapons Courtyard. What’s more, the castle’s surroundings offer one of the most characteristic images of the city, known as the Head of the Moor – a rocky profile located on the eastern slope of the mountain, visible from El Postiguet Beach.

Macho del Castillo

On the castle’s highest esplanade, we find the “Macho del Castell”, which looks over Alicante from the tallest points. From here, you can enjoy 360° views of the bay and the city.

The Old Hospital

In 1918, the castle was used to house cholera patients, before being used as a shelter for beggars, becoming the property of the City from 1929 onwards. The fortress’ old hospital hosts the “Alicante transfused with Mediterranean” exhibition, which presents the link between Alicante and the Mediterranean, interspersed with archaeological and ethnological materials.

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Exclusive access with guided tour.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY:

11.00: tour in English.
13.00: tour in Spanish
15.30: tour in English.
17.30: tour in Spanish.

WEEKENDS:

11.00: tour in English.
12.00: tour in Spanish.
15.30: tour in English.
17.30: tour in Spanish.

LIMITED SPACES: Maximum 15 visitors per tour.

*Book at least one hour in advance at the visitor centre, next to the shop.

*Tours in Valencian available upon request.

Dramatised tours

Don’t miss out on our dramatised tours, in which our actors will immerse you in the history of the Castillo de Santa Bárbara.

TIMETABLE
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00.

LIMITED SPACES
Maximum 15 visitors per tour.

*Book at least one hour in advance from the visitors centre, next to the shop.

Coming soon

Alicante artisan-chocolate tasting by Marcos Tonda

Includes a guided tasting of six different types of chocolate, led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.

 

Spanish
15
11:15 am
9 €/pax
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Oil tasting

Olive oils are a unique food. Learn to appreciate them and let yourself be transported to the heart of the Mediterranean – a world of sensations!

15 pax
Coming soon

Tasting of DO Alicante wines + three Alicante products

Includes a guided tasting of three different types of DO Alicante wines plus three tapas of local Alicante products, all led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.

18
12:00 pm
20 €/pax
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Alicante artisanal-turrón tasting by Hijos de Manuel Picó

Includes a guided tasting of four different types of turrón, led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.

15 pax
11:15 am
9 €/pax
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Alicante craft-beer tasting by Cervezas Postiguet

Includes a guided tasting of four different types of beer, led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April. The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of snacks, such as olives and nuts. 

15
1:00 pm
12 €/pax
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Tasting of four DO Alicante wines + four Alicante products

Includes a guided tasting of three different types of DO Alicante wines plus four tapas of local Alicante products, all led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.

18
2:00 pm
26 €/pax
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Tasting of two sweet DO Alicante wines + Alicante chocolate and turrón

Includes a guided tasting of two different types of sweet DO Alicante wines plus Alicante chocolate and turrón, all led by an expert. The tasting will be held in the Santa Catalina Tower experiences room. Languages: Spanish and English. This Easter, you can enjoy this tasting on Thursday 14, Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April. *Served with tasting of Alicante chocolates and turrón.

18
4:00 pm
15 €/pax
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Evil Toys Exhibition

If you consider yourself a horror fan, you won’t want to miss this exhibition of dolls from all the best horror films that have been giving adults and children alike goosebumps for years. Annabelle, Chucky, Talky Tina, Billy and many more… Find them in the Taberna room at the Castillo de Santa Bárbara. Are you brave enough?

Spanish
01/04/2022
Free entrance

Long Live Spanish Pop – Rock with the family cycle

Bring your family along to enjoy the songs you grew up with… Songs from: Los Bravos, Nino Bravo, Los Secretos, Nacha Pop, Tequila, Alarma, Hombres G, Celtas Cortos, MClan, El Canto del Loco, Pereza, Fito and many more!!!

Spanish
30/04/2022
8:00 pm
From 8 €
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Piezas Mecano Concert – Pop Cycle

Concert as part of our “Pop Cycle” in the Castillo de Santa Bárbara calendar of events, with Mario López on the piano. Doors open at 20:00

Spanish
07/05/2022
9:30 pm
From 19 €
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Danza Invisible Concert – Pop Cycle

Concert as part of our “Pop Cycle” in the Castillo de Santa Bárbara calendar of events. Danza Invisible is a Spanish new-wave group, considered one of the bands that made up the famous Movida Madrileña during the 1980s in Spain. Doors open at 20:00

Spanish
14/05/2022
9:30 pm
From 19 €
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La Guardia Concert – Pop Cycle

Concert as part of our “Pop Cycle” in the Castillo de Santa Bárbara calendar of events. La Guardia is a rock band formed in the city of Granada in the first half of the 1980s.  Doors open at 20:00

Spanish
21/05/2022
9:30 pm
From 19 €
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Rafael Sánchez (La Unión) Concert – Pop Cycle

 Concert as part of our “Pop Cycle” in the Castillo de Santa Bárbara calendar. Doors open at 20:00

Spanish
28/05/2022
9:30 pm
From 19 €
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Inma Serrano Concert – Alicante Cycle

Inma Serrano has more than 11 albums to her name, as well as several musical and TV productions, including serving as a judge on Operación Triunfo España for three years running. As well as participating as an artist, she was executive producer for TVE1 on the prime time “Música para mi madre” with Antonio Carmona, David Bisbal, Pastora Soler, Rosario and Sergio Dalma, among others.

Spanish
03/06/2022
9:30 pm
From 14,50 €
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Mailers Concert – Alicante Cycle

Mailers is a pop-rock group from Alicante, formed in 2012 by a group of musicians brought together from other projects. A pop-rock style with melodies influenced by everything from the most iconic international pop rock, to the most modern world of indie. Doors open at 20:30. After the concert ends, enjoy live music from the DJ and drinks at the bar.

Spanish
04/06/2022
9:30 pm
From 14,50 €
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Mediterráneo Concert – Alicante Cycle

The first group to make ska and reggae music in Spanish, and a band that truly cannot be pigeon-holed. Not just rock, nor pop, nor progressive nor funky. They were all this at once, with one original ingredient: musical anarchy as their structuring element. And so Mediterráneo was born, making their first appearance under this name in Alicante in 1978.

Spanish
11/06/2022
9:30 pm
From 14,50 €
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Guaraná Concert – Alicante Cycle

Guaraná is a band born in Alicante at the end of the 90s, formed by Juanra Arnaiz (singer), David Navarro (guitar), Cuco Chelinni (percussion), Vicente Mirás (electric and bass guitar) and Francisco Cherro Prieto (drums). They are one of the most important pop bands of the 2000s, who saw their greatest hit with the song “En la casa de Inés”.

Spanish
17/06/2022
9:30 pm
From 14,50 €
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Ninyas del Corro Concerts – Urban Cycle

Las Ninyas del Corro are a duo formed by Laüra Bonsai (Barcelona, 24 years old) and Felinna Vallejo (Bon Pastor, 21 years old). Together, these two young Catalonian women, friends for years, have formed one of the most interesting musical projects on the Spanish rap scene.

Spanish
10/09/2022
10:00 pm
From 14 €
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Kimberley Tell Concert – Urban Cycle

A Spanish actress, singer and painter with English and Danish roots. She is known for her TV performances in roles such as Rose in Algo Que Celebrar, as Ulrike in Buscando el Norte, and Pilar in Movistar+’s Hierro.

Spanish
23/09/2022
10:00 pm
From 12 €
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Xavibo Concerts – Urban Cycle

This artist takes his inspiration from trap, folk, electronica and American singer-songwriters, and has worked on a variety of collaborations with Lionware, Babi, nosoynadiepati and Marc Seguí himself, all demonstrating the close relationship between Xavi as a person and Xavibo.

Spanish
30/09/2022
10:00 pm
From 15 €
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