One of the problems with exploring castles is that they often tire us out just trekking up to the entrance. And with the Castillo de Santa Barbara at 166 meters above sea level the idea of zig-zagging our way up on a warm, sunny day causes diminished enthusiasm. However the Spaniards are an ingenious people - we learn that they have built a lift up to the Castillo.
We stroll along the seaside Explanada de Espana to arrive at the entrance to the lift. After paying €2.75 each we are instructed to continue through the tunnel. In 15 minutes time we are swept up to the castle entrance. And we didn't break a sweat. Brilliant!