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Alicante is rich in various cultural places, including exhibition centers, and various small and large museums. If you are interested in what makes the museums of Alicante interesting and famous, you should also read the articles of the local publication and you will learn more about their fine arts and ceramics expos, exhibitions of archeological artefacts, bullfighting shows, and so on.

Alicante has a rich history. Its first settlements were established by Iberian tribes, and then the city was under the rule of Greeks, Romans, Muslim, and Christians successively. Consequently, the museums in Alicante expose artefacts of all historic periods. Further in the article we present some snapshots of the most prominent and popular museums one should ultimately visit while staying in Alicante.

Santa Barbara Castle and Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (MUSA)

Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante is located on the top of rocky Mount Benacantil 167 meters above the sea level. This medieval fortress is the largest in Spain that had a strategic value with its defensive cannons for Alicante since you can view the whole city and all its surroundings. The Castle of Santa Barbara is spacious and presents several distinct areas - la Torreta, el Macho del Castillo from which you can have a 360-degree view at the city and the bay, spacious Salón Felipe II (Felipe II Hall), and Plaza de Armas (Weapons Courtyard). Also, the Castle hosts the Museum of the city of Alicante - Museo de la Ciudad de Alicante (MUSA) – that will take you on the journey through the history of Alicante. MUSA exhibits archeological and ethnological artefacts and remnants, heraldry, tombstones, and other historic expositions.