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"Castle of Saint Barbara" Castillo de Santa Bárbara Tip by DanielF

Castillo de Santa Bárbara, Alicante: 15 reviews and 28 photos


This impressive fortress crowns the Mount Benacantil, the craddle of the city. The first human settlements known in Alicante were located in the slopes of this mount. All the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean sailed in these waters and some of them, Phoenicians and Greeks, even established themeselves in the vicinity. But, the Romans were the people that founded Lucentum, giving thus birth to the city of Alicante.

The mount Benacantil provided a strategic location that allowed an easy defense ot the city and its port. A free of pirates and invaders Mediterranean have turned the fortress into a public espace with contemporary sculpture exhibitions, gardens and the best view of the city and its port.

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  • Written Jun 8, 2003
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