For some reason Barbara Jean had a hankering to give this place a visit, so our last day in Alicante we set out to get it done. No problem, right. It’s big. You can see it from all over. How hard could it be to find the way up?
Look for us to miss the obvious. Hiking up the road didn’t get it done. We ran up a couple of false paths and got nowhere. We had given up and decided to check out the waterfront again, when bam!
There were the directions posted in the obvious place.
Follow the road by the waterfront at the foot of the hill, and there is the entrance. There is the entrance to the elevator. You thought you were going to climb 166 meters straight up?
This place only gets you into the door to the tunnel that leads to the elevator. Before you hike all the way to the elevator at the end of a long tunnel, stop at the machine and purchase tickets. 2.70 € each. No change in your pocket? No problem. I put in a 50€ bill and received two tickets and correct change.
After a long hike to the elevator we pressed the button and waited. Presently the door opened, and a young lady tore our tickets and handed them back to us. No charge for going down. Only for going up. The ride was ear-popping.
The view was spectacular.
I don’t know whether this is still an active port, but apparently preparations have been left in place in case the balloon ever goes up.
Inside the fortress walls there was opportunity for a selfie.
Finally, back down the elevator (free), and I figured I needed to give readers a view of what it was like. Three unsuccessful attempts at time exposures without a tripod produced some weird effects.
Finally I gave up and placed the camera on the floor. That seemed to work.
Hopefully you now know what to expect. And how to get there.