Route through the Alcazaba of Malaga
The Alcazaba of Malaga, one of the wonders that our city offers, full of both cultural and visual richness, you cannot help but fall in love with this location. The Arab Alcazaba in Malaga is a fortification from the Muslim era that is under the Gibralfaro Castle, built to house the troops and protect it from attacks. One of its greatest charms is the complex building it has, this is due to the irregularity of the terrain, which made it a unique and unrepeatable structure. The Arab Alcazaba is connected to the Gibralfaro Castle through a walled corridor called Coracha, this one is at the top of the mountain that bears his name.
At the top of Gibralfaro you will get the most beautiful views in all of Malaga, which is why it is one of the most outstanding viewpoints in the city, it will certainly not leave you indifferent.
History of Malaga’s Alcazaba
Apart from being a monument rich in its beauty and complexity, the Alcazaba in Malaga hides its own beautiful history.
This fortification dates back between 1057 and 1063 by the Muslims who inhabited Al-Andalus. Its name in Arabic means citadel, and as this indicates, it was a fortified enclosure to dominate the city and as a refuge from a siege.
In 1279 it was conquered by Muhammad II Ben al-Ahmar and passed to the Nazarite kingdom. These reformed it and left a deep imprint on it as a Nasrid building. We can see how the need for exemplary defense and the beauty of an Arab palace with impressive rectangular courtyards, gardens and ponds come together.
As a military building, it has three walled lines that surround the residence, this has made the monument one of the best defended fortresses in the world. Its military construction full of albarrana towers with arrow slits and crenellated walls make this a true fortress, but its true advantage was in its location, dominating the entire city from above. It was rebuilt on multiple occasions, even during the 20th century. You can find remains of Roman walls and pools excavated in slate, which is why we find the great cultural variety in the same building.
Alcazaba Malaga schedule and tickets to not miss a thing
(April – October) 09:00 – 20:00
(November – March) 09:00 – 18:00
If you want to enjoy this wonderful Malaga monument, you can do it every day of the year, except on December 24, 25 and 31, as well as January 1.
If you want to visit the Alcazaba, you are interested to know that the normal price per person is € 2.20 or € 3.55 if a visit to the Gibralfaro Castle is also included. This monument has reduced prices in special cases such as being a student, retiree or large family. In addition, every Sunday from two in the afternoon you can enjoy a visit to the fortification totally free. Discover all their discounts on their website.
Where is the Alcazaba in Malaga?
If you come to visit the Costa del Sol, the Alcazaba is a must. We can find it in the historic center of Malaga, on Calle Alcazabilla number 2, just 9 minutes walk from our Valentina Home vacation apartments.
Its gardens, along with its unbeatable views, make this the quintessential monument of the Costa del Sol. We assure you that it is priceless to enjoy a walk through one of the most important and best preserved fortresses in Europe. Move to another era and get lost in the history of Malaga, know how kings and governors lived and feel part of the fortification.