Alcazaba de Málaga
The Alcazaba de Málaga is an 11th century citadel built on a hill overlooking the city and the sea.
You can visit this walled fortification and walk the paths, imagining what life was like here so many centuries ago. The Alcazaba in Malaga is the most well preserved of its type in Spain.
Originally there were three defensive walls surrounding the palace but only two of the inner walls remain.
Enter through the Puerta de la Boveda and notice how you must make a U-turn to enter the next portal. This was designed to slow possible attackers and is a standard feature of Moorish fortifications.
Follow the path as it proceeds past lovely trickling fountains and through several gardens to pass through the second wall at Puerta de los Cuartos de Granada. Here you can explore the Palace and the Cuartos de Granada.
The site of the Alcazaba was previously a Roman settlement, and materials from those structures were reused in the construction of the Alcazaba. You can take a look at the remnants of a Roman theater next door which was built by Emperor Caesar Augustus in the first century.
Combine your visit to the Alcazaba Malaga interior with a visit to Castillo de Gibralfaro which is located on the hillside above. Interesting fact: the name Gibralfaro refers in Greek and Arabic to the Phoenician lighthouse that previously stood on this spot before the fortress was built in the 10th century. Have a meal with a view or spend the night at the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro. Click here to check prices and availability.
Curious about the alcazaba meaning? It comes from the Arabic word al-qasbah (قصبة) meaning walled fortress or citadel. If you’d like to see another Alcazaba, check out the Alhambra in Granada.
Alcazaba Malaga ticket price: €2.20
Alcazaba Malaga opening hours: 9:00-20:00, winter 9:00-18:00
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