Alicante/Costa Blanca, Spain

Alicante: Castell de la Santa Bàrbara

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The climb to the Castell de la Santa Bàrbara Climb is an opportunity to see one of Alicante’s important sites, take in great views, and also give the lungs a workout. There are numerous ways to do this route, from a windy walking path or a more direct route up a steep series of stairs.

Our mapped route starts near the waterfront at the Casa Carbonell. Take Calle Mayor to the Museum of Contemporary Art and then join the path Calle Remigio Sebastià, which is the path that leads to the castle. There are great city views as you climb about 100m over 1.5 km. After visiting the castle, we recommend continuing on the path just north, to the Sendero (path) El Benacantil, which leads to the Mirador Salida del Sol observation deck and then down to the Mirador del Mediterráneo and the Cara del Moro, a natural rock formation resembling a face. Retrace your steps to the start, or use one of the other paths or stairs to head back down to the water.

Add-Ons/Options: To get the heart pumping even more, use the stairs off Calle Villavieja.

  • 1.5 km to the Castle, and 3 km to the Cara del Moro.
  • 100m (350 feet) climb over 1.5 km, with some steep grades
  • Casa Carbonell, at the Plaça Porta del Mar