Santa Barbara Castle & Alicante Acquaintance

From the craggy hill capped by the huge and historic Santa Barbara Castle to the lanes of Old Town and artistic promenade of La Esplanade, this excursion offers a memorable overview of a splendid city.

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Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended. Depart the pier for your visit to Santa Barbara Castle, one of the largest fortifications in the MediterraneanDominating the summit and covering virtually the entire slope of Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass rising to an elevation of nearly 600 feet, the castle presents some of the best views of Alicante. Marvel not only at the captivating panoramas but also the striations of historyOriginally built by the Moors in the 10 th century, the castle has three clearly differentiated areas revealing stages in construction and cultural influenceThe oldest remains date from between the 11 th and 13 th centuries, an intermediate part consists mainly of buildings constructed in the 16 th century, and a third area was added in the 18 th century. After your visit to the castle with its moat, dungeons, ruins of a small church, lookout tower and canons, continue to Alicante's historical districtYour guide will acquaint you with the story of the city, taking you on a walk through the Old Quarter, home to Town Hall Square and the Cathedral, a fine example of Spanish Religious Baroque architectureAs you will discover during your visit, the church is a magnificent jewel of the city. Free time in La Esplanada, the palm-tree-lined promenade known for its wavy pattern of red, black and cream tiles, offers a chance to enjoy the vibrant atmosphereA transfer of about 15 minutes then returns you to the pier. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.