A Day exploring the back streets and Castle Santa Barbara.
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Today we decided it was time to go for a walk and explore the side streets of the old town and make our way up to Castillosanta Barbara. This a huge castle that is high up on the mountainside overlooking the bay of Alicante.
There is usually a lift up to the castle but was closed when we were there. it didnt really matter though as we were the crazy foreigners walking about in the mid day sun. I loved all the back streets and it was great to see how the locals lived. It must be quite tough to live there though as the streets were really steep and in places there was no access by car. This meant that all shopping had to be carried up. Not some thing I would like to have to do.
We thoughtb we could get up to the castle from the top of these back streets but couldnt find our way through. So we ended up retracing our steps back down to the main road and walking for ages around the main road to start the walk up the main road up to the castle. It was so hot and was beginning to regret not taking a taxi up. It was a bit silly to walk in that heat but a good feeling whaen we made it.
The castle was fantastic, absolutely huge. The best part was the views over the resort and looking down on our hotel. There are these small turret s that are built to overhang the cliff. We spent several hours up here looking around, eating and rehydrating!
As we started the walk down we spotted a sign to a park that we were looking for on the way up from the side streets. I couldnt believe it as it would have saved us a really long tough walk up to the castle. It was a sort of water themed area with water based features and fountains. Its hard to explain what it is really but it was fantastic to cool off in the water. It was starting to look a little run down, which was a shame as it looked like a great place to chill out at and have a few beers.
After this great day of walking and exploring it was amazing to get back to the beach and spend the last few hours swimming and cooling off.