Located on the lower, western end of the Gibralfaro Hill, the Alcazaba isn’t stunningly beautiful like its regional cousin the Alhambra, but it’s still a nice palace-fortress built in the Moorish style. Here you’ll find some pleasant terraced gardens, arab bathes and an exhibition of Muslim ceramics and pottery.
Cost: 1.80, 60 cents for students
Bottom-line: My favorite site in Old Town Malaga, a good place for some culture if you’ve had too much of the beach.
Perched on the edge of the hill above the city centre is Malaga's Moorish Palace, the Alcazaba. Very good value, you can buy a combined ticket for this, the ceramics museum and the Gibralfaro Castle for around 3 euros.
The Alcazaba was built 900 years ago. It uses sophisticated defenses, a series of brick walls, towers, Moorish gates and zig-zag routes. In the centre at the highest point is the palace, with courtyards, pools and orange trees. Again, you can get pleasant views over Malaga's rooftops.
The palace is now used for a ceramics and pottery museum. The information is in Spanish and describes the city's pot and brick making industry, as well as the construction of the Alcazaba.
Entrance via the ticket office behind the Roman amphitheatre. There is a lift too (not Moorish!!) which can take you straight to the museum through the hill.
The Alcazaba is close to the Palace of Diputacion, at the mountain of Gibralfaro, down Gibralfaro castle
It has a Palace, a neigborough, some patios ... I am afraid I had not visited (yes I am embarased to say, specially as I had been living 3 years just five minutes walking distance from there lol maybe next time)
Price is 1,80 € (3 € for alcazaba and gibralfaro tickets) Be careful with the new ticket machines can confuse .... (jejeje own experience lol)
9.30 - 20.00 h. (summer)
9.30 - 18.00 h. (winter)
The first time I saw the Alcazaba I never thought that walking throght it was gonna be so amazing as it was. I expected that the interior would be in ruins and that the only thing that I was gonna see were old stones and ruins from the Islamic Age, as this architectural ensemble was built in the 9th century when the moorish dominated the south of Spain. But how attonished was I, when I found beaaaaaaaaaautiful yards (patios), gardens, flowers, fountains... It´s and incredible place. And the view of Malaga from it it's awesome. You can see the whole city from there. There's also a museum with objects from those times. You canNOT miss this place!!!
The Alcazaba is a 15th Century Moorish fort.Close to the fort is a 1st Century Roman theatre which is under restoration right now. The fort is across a hill which used to form part of the shore line.It now forms the port that was recaptured from the sea.
Entrance to the Roman Theatre is by the Alcazba and is free. Entrance to the Alcazaba and its museum costs €0.80.
Opening times are Monday to Friday 09:30 - 20:00 (but closed all day Tuesday). Saturday 10:00 - 13:00, Sunday 10:00 - 14:00. Note these are summer times and it shuts earlier during the winter months.
There is a Tourist Office located at the entrance.
This is a Moorish construction of the 11th to 14th centuries, residence of the court and the soldiers that guarded it. It is certainly one of the most important historical buildings in the city, its outstanding architectural element being the tower that was built on Roman stone foundations and reconstructed in modern times. One of the inside arches, built in brick and stone, is especially interesting. Visiting times are 8.30 to 7 p.m. every day except Tuesdays, and entrance is free. Due to restoration work in progress, only part of the building is currently open to the public.
This ancient fortress, which dates back to the 700s, lies on one of the hills of Málaga and can hardly be missed. It also harbours the archeological museum.
The large stone stronghold is considered Moorish (the king´s palace), but is originally Phoenician. During the Roman occupancy an amphitheatre was built at the foot of the great building, which by the way grew bigger and bigger because the Romans kept expanding it.
The last inhabitants were the Moors (before they were conquered by the Christians). The Moors made Málaga an important city for trade, famous for its figs and wine.
You can walk through most of the fortress along stone passageways and through the gateways of Puerta de las Columnas, Arco del Cristo and Arcos de Granada untill you reach some beautiful terraces which give you marvelous views of the city. Smell the orange trees and hear the fountain´s waters...
winter visiting hours (1/10 to 30/04)
closed on mondays.
from thursday to friday from 9.30 to 13.30 and from 16.00 to 19.00.
saturdays from 10.00 to 13.00
sundays and bank holidays from 10.00 to 14.00.
summer visiting hours (1/5 to 30/9)
closed on mondays
from thursday to friday from 9.30 to 13.30 and from 17.00 to 20.00.
saturdays from 10.00 to 13.00
sundays and bank holidays from 10.00 to 14.00
There are not a lot of sights in Málaga, but I guess that is not the only reason why so many tourists are going to see the ALCAZABA and the CASTILLO DE GIBRALFARO. It is all history. You can walk through Arabian gardens, climb up the hill to look at Málaga, or browse trough the collection of arms exhibited in the castle. But do at least one of these things!
This fortress dates back to the 700s, although much of the structure belongs to the mid 11th century. The entrance is through the gateway known as the Puerta del Cristo (Christ's Door), where the first mass was celebrated following the Christian victory over the town.
A small palace within the inner perimeter is now the home of the Archaeological Museum.
Not really must see, but I visited it when I was there.
A fortress up on the hill. Can get good views of the surrounding area including the harbour at the top. I would say that it is a well-preserved ruins of a Muslim palace-fortress with some parts restored in Nasrid style. Entrance is free.
You should go see the Alcazaba. You should not walk up the side of like we did...(dur!!) Anyone with half a brain would drive up and park in the parking lot like normal people... When you get up there don't expect too much information on what you are looking at (in English anyway...). You will get a great view of the city and sea.
We met this fellow on the way back down. My niece named him(?) Dandelion the Chameleon.
I visited Alcazaba, which is a Roman ruin/gardens. Entrance was free... It seems like a kind of maze with the paths and all. The gardens were in good condition. There is a view of the ocean when you get to the top..
The terraced gardens of the Alcazabar fort, which is of Roman and Moorish origins, are a great place to walk or just sit and relax. At the entrance are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. From here you should walk up to the Gibralfaro Castle which has great views looking back down onto Malaga.