Atalaya Castle Tours
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This iconic castle known as the Watchtower in English has a long history of strength and resistance, since Muslim residents held off three different sieges by James I or Aragon. It wasn’t until 1240 that defeat was admitted and the picture-perfect castle was taken by the Kingdom of Castile.
Today, travelers can visit this historic site and wander the interior courtyard framed by sky-high walls and wander the second floor where a reproduction of a khamsa—a well-known Muslim and North African image of an open hand—is on display.
The castle is located in the north-western part of Alicante between Castile and the former Kingdom or Aragon.
Address: Calle Primera Manzana, Alicante, Spain
Admission: € 3
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Atalaya Castle
When your cruise calls at Alicante, make the most of your time in the region with a private excursion to Villena. Journey to this historical city by private, air-conditioned vehicle and on arrival, visit its 12th-century Atalaya Castle (own expense), once a defensive point between Castile and Aragon. Then, take a guided tour of a local winery and olive grove, and enjoy an optional wine, oil, and Iberian ham tasting (own expense) before your return.
Spend your time in port in Alicante exploring the delights of Villena on this private 5-hour tour. Explore Atalaya Castle — widely considered to be Villena’s most important attraction — with a private guide and gain insight into the region’s rich history. Head onward to a local winery and olive grove, and tour the bottling rooms, cellars and vineyards as a guide sheds light on the grape varietals thriving in the region’s fertile soils. Sample delicious local wines accompanied by Iberian ham during a tasting session (own expense), then return in comfort to Alicante.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Atalaya Castle hours of operation?
Atalaya Castle hours of operation: Vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Atalaya Castle?
The best ways to experience Atalaya Castle are:
- Villena and Winery Private Shore Excursion from Alicante
- 5-Hour Private Tour from Alicante to Villena
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