The province of Alicante is one of the preferred tourist destinations in both summer and Winter seasons. But sun and beach tourism is only a part of our province. There is much more to discover. If you may wonder what to see in Alicante after having landed your plane, definitely its castles. Alicante is one of the provinces of Spain that more castles possesses per square kilometer. All historical inheritance left by the Arabs in their passage there from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries.
These monuments are known as the castles of l’Alcoia which is the region that houses them and which extends from the city of Alicante to the interior of the province. To visit them there are many buses that leave from the airport to this area ant its touristic route. If you have brought your car do not worry about it, you can leave it at the same airport in a long-term parking.
L’Alcoià and its castles
Although it is not in this region as such, before heading to the interior first you must go to the city of Alicante and visit the Castle of Santa Barbara. On the back of Mount Benacantil, this fortification offers from the highest point the best views of the city. In addition, you can also enjoy numerous theatrical visits where you can know in detail the history of the castle.
Surrounded by a beautiful set of houses of Muslim style, at more than 700 meters of altitude you´ll find the Castalla Castle. A construction that dates back to the 11th century and which has reached the present day in very good condition. A castle that was built for the Arab king of the moment to watch the city.
Near Castalla we find the town of Tibi. This village owns just a kilometer far another one of the castles of the province of Alicante. Its state of conservation is not as good as the previous ones, but in spite of it can be seen the remains of what was its tower and some canvases of the time.
At the Sierra de Mariola, about 800 meters above sea level, you´ll find the castle that takes the same name. For lovers of photography this is a perfect castle, because on clear days you can see from its highest point the provinces of Albacete, Valencia and the city of Alicante. A wonderful landscape worth remembering in beautiful photographs.
Between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the Marquis of Dos Aguas built his palace-fortress in Onil. It is a castle different from the rest, Gothic and Renaissance. A fortress that must be visited in order to appreciate the different architectural styles of these centuries.
In this perfect route, you will not have to choose.