The Saint’s castle watching over Alicante
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara has its name because it was captured from the Moors by Prince Alfonso of Castile (who later became King Alfonso X) on the 4th December 1248, the sainted lady’s feast day. There are three main parts to the castle, with the Torre del Homenaje, the castle keep, known as La Torreta, housing the oldest remains of the fortress. The castle had a major refurbishment in 2010 and considerable part of it is turned over to galleries and exhibition spaces. For want of a better name, the old cells have bee re-named ‘the space of pain’ and has a video telling about the different visitors who have been incarcerated there over the years. There are splendid views over the old town and out to sea, and if you want to dally a while there is a restaurant and a shady picnic area.