Alcazaba de Málaga, Malaga

Alcazaba de Málaga, Malaga (must see)

The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress built by the Arab rulers of Malaga on a hill in the center of the city overlooking the port. Among the Alcazabas in Spain, the Malaga citadel is the best preserved.

The word 'Alcazaba' comes from the Arabic word Al-Quasbah or citadel. The fortress was built in the 11th century during the rule of the Moorish King Badis, the Zirid ruler of Granada. It was once connected to the city ramparts by a third outer wall. Today, only two inner walls remain. The fortress has many defensive towers. The pathway through the Alcazaba has landscaped gardens and fountains. On the eastern side is the ruined Torre de Homenaje or Tribute Tower where Ferdinand and Isabella raised their standard after defeating the Moors in 1487. Inside the second wall is a palace and residences of the Arab rulers and their entourage. The fortress overlooks the ruins of an ancient Roman theater. The stones from the Roman ruins were used to construct the Alcazaba.

All the buildings within the fortress have the distinct Moorish architectural style. The Alcazaba is located at the highest point in Malaga and commands spectacular views of the city, the port, and the Roman amphitheater.

Why You Should Visit:
For anyone who has an interest in history or Spanish culture, the character of this place captures a time gone by and does it in some style.
There's a rather small fee but well worth it, as you're effectively entering a structured castle-like building with traditional and faithfully reconstructed gardens.
There are also sections of museum-esque memorabilia and a lot of seating and shade available for a rest.
The views were amazing and you can walk the entire wall of the fortifications.

Tip:
Make sure you have some coins or smaller notes as they are incapable of taking card payments.
Be prepared because the walk takes about 45mins to an hour – you should carry water during the warmer months.
For those in need of a cold beverage after all that sightseeing, there is a bar at the top.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8pm (Apr-Oct); 9am-6pm (Nov-Mar); Free Sundays from 2pm
Closed: 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 January

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Alcazaba de Málaga on Map

Sight Name: Alcazaba de Málaga
Sight Location: Malaga, Spain (See walking tours in Malaga)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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