Our last port on the cruise Alicante Spain on Spain’s east coast

The last port of call on our transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Constellation was Alicante Spain.   It was a lovely city with mainly modern buildings, and city squares with tables and food in the sunshine.alicante Spain Santa Barbara Castle lookout 5x7 small

The main attraction was the Santa Barbara Castle. Santa Barbara castle alicante spain 5x7 small

“It’s one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and covers the complete summit of the Benacantil Mountain. Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle received its name from the conquest of King Alfonse the Wise that took place on 4th December 1248: Saint Barbara’s day ”  This is a photo of the great hall. alicante Spain Santa Barbara Castle main hall  5x7 small alicante Spain Santa Barbara Castle tapastry  5x7 small

They added on to the castle 3 times over the centuries and it is huge.  We wandered along the walls and the arches of this ancient site. This is a photo of their sundial, a very unique timepiece on the top of the castle walls.alicante Spain Santa Barbara Castle sundile  5x7 small

In my imagination I could hear the bells ringing to tell the village dwellers below that the evil invaders were coming into the harbor. I can see them grabbing whatever they could hold and running up the switchbacks to the castle for protection.  I hope they did not have to do that too much.    alicante Spain Santa Barbara Castle arch 5x7 small

Next stop for the cruise ship was Rome, our destination.

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