Alcazaba, Málaga

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    ALCAZABA DE MALAGA

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    Built on a hill with a view over the sea and the city is the fortress and palace of Malaga's Muslim governors. The only remaining building from medieval times, the ALCAZABA DE MALAGA'S irregular ground plan is adapted to the topography of the land and consists of two walled areas. It was once a Royal palace, where Felipe V stayed on a visit to the city. In 1843 it stopped being military property. Its restoration was proposed in 1931 by architect Antonio Palacios Ramilo and historian and scholar Juan Temboury.
    Entry is 1,90Euro
    Combined price for Gibralfaro & Alcazaba 3.15 Euro
    Free entry on Sundays

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    The Alhambra Jr.

    by iNorv9 Updated Feb 15, 2006
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    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.

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    Malaga's mini-Alhambra ~ the Alcazaba

    by aaaarrgh Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    tranquil patio

    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.

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    Alcazaba at night

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Alcazaba entrance at night

    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)

    Timetable
    9.30 - 20.00 h. (summer)
    9.30 - 18.00 h. (winter)
    Open everyday.


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    La Alcazaba de Malaga

    by xanaia Written Jun 4, 2004

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    View from la Alcazaba

    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!!!

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    The Alcazaba

    by benidormone Written Mar 19, 2004

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    The Alcazaba

    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.

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    Entrance to the Alcazaba, Roman Theatre and Museum

    by Beach_dog Written Feb 5, 2004

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    Entrance.

    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.

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    Alcazaba

    by diageva Written Nov 29, 2003

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    Alcazaba

    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.

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    La Alcazaba

    by ayesh Written Oct 9, 2003

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    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...

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    alcazaba

    by dila Updated Mar 1, 2003

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    garden

    16th-14th century

    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

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    a spot of Málaga´s history

    by Jitka_79 Updated Jan 17, 2003

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    my boyfriend and me in the ALCAZABA

    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!

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    Alcazaba

    by Beach_dog Updated Nov 10, 2002

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    Alcazaba on the hill.

    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.

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    AlcazabaNot really must see,...

    by A2002 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Alcazaba
    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.

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    You should go see the...

    by Paula1971 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    I visited Alcazaba, which is a...

    by jujub Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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..

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