Saturday, November 19, 2011


Castle of Santa Bárbara in the 19th century.
photo by Jean Lauren (1816-1886).
The city of Alicante is the capital of the province of the same name. It is a Mediterranean port that boasts a fine palm-lined promenade - and a castle. I can attest to these facts because I went there many years ago - I don't know why - on reflection, yes I do - it was to visit somewhere interesting instead of sunbathing and boozing on a Benidorm holiday. I travelled there by train and very pleasant it was too - the little train leisurely making its way along the narrow-gauge track.

The train and the castle still exist. The castle - el Castillo de Santa Barbara - is perched 350 feet above the city and can be reached by driving up the winding road to the summit or, as I did, by using the lift.

Alicante has other attractions - a cathedral, a museum, beaches, restaurants and, for those that like that sort of thing, shopping.

Another reason to go there is to catch a ferry to the Balearic Islands.

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

"Photographs of Spain"
"Spanish Impressions"
"you couldn't make it up!"
"a grumpy old man in Spain"
"bits and bobs"
"Spanish Expressions"
"Spanish Art"
"Books About Spain"

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