Castillo de Santa Barbara. Not to confuse with the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante. This place is a pirate museum – yes you read it right – a pirate museum! We went there to check it out and boy are we glad that we took the time to come here. No, this place is not only for children!
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Castillo de Santa Barbara – the home of pirates
This must be the best place to open a pirate museum, what a great place to have it inside a real-life castle. From the outside, it does not look like a big place. Once inside, there is room after room after room that opens up so you can easily spend a couple of hours here. If you take your time there is a lot to learn about pirates and how they invaded Lanzarote.
Did you know that the word “pirates” comes from the Greek word “peripeteiodis” which means “the adventurous one”. Come to think of it – maybe Mini and I should start to call ourselves pirates from now on?! Jokes aside, this was a really fun and interesting place to visit. Mini and I even ended up taking pictures of ourselves being pirates.
Learn a lot about pirates in the museum
Posters with information. Videos and different exhibitions in Spanish and English will make you learn a lot about pirates. This is a very informative place and it is nicely done and well maintained. I sat down and watched a few videos and just enjoyed our visit here. Since the museum is housed inside a castle, there is a special feeling that only castles can give you.
Make sure that you don’t miss anything because there are a lot of nooks and crannies to be explored. One of my favorite parts is the murals that are painted in a room. Pirates in different forms and shapes.
An amazing view at the Castillo de Santa Barbara
Are pirates not your thing? No worries! This place also offers you an amazing view of the surroundings. During our visit, it was really windy but we still could not stop looking at the views. This is a different scenery compared to the otherwise volcanic island. This is more of an opened landscape and it will blow your mind.
I really believe that the Castillo de Santa Barbara needs to get more attention. There are so many nice places to visit in Lanzarote so this pirate museum often doesn’t make the cut. However, I do think that you should plan a visit to this place. And be prepared to spend a couple of hours here. And you will not only get to explore the museum. You will be able to walk around in a castle that is built on a rim of a volcano.
Information about Castillo de Santa Barbara
Address: Mounte Guanapay, Teguise, Lanzarote.
Opening hours: 09.00 – 16.00 every day except for Sundays when they open at 10.00.
Entrance fee: 3 euros per adult.
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