The Alcazaba of Málaga and Gibralfaro Castle

The Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro are some of the most outstanding monuments to be found in Malaga. Know their history and visit them.

During your visit to Marbella, you cannot miss a day trip to Málaga, the capital of the province and of the Costa del Sol, located about 45 minutes away by car, where you will have the opportunity to stroll through its beautiful cosmopolitan streets. Among the most outstanding monuments in Málaga, there are undoubtedly two that stand out. These are the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro.

The Alcazaba is an Arab palace fortification dating from the Andalusian period in the 10th century. It is one of the living emblems of the imprint left by Al-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula. It is located at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill, at the top of which is the Gibralfaro castle, which we will talk about below. Part of the Alcazaba’s rooms correspond to a classical Nasrid palace, reminiscent in its courtyards and arches of the splendour of the Alhambra in Granada, another of the signs of this period that we recommend you visit if you have the time.

The passage of the Alcazaba is the key to the Castilian conquest of Al-Andalus in the 14th and 15th centuries. In 1487, the Nasrid rulers decided to resist the siege of Castilian troops inside the palace. For two months they resisted, until August when they surrendered and gave the city to the Catholic kings.

Once inside the fortification, it is worthwhile to patiently contemplate the different rooms of the palace. For example, the Patio de los Surtidores, the Puerta de los Arcos or the Cuartos de Granada, rooms where the rulers of the city lived and rested at that time.

Tickets to visit the monument range from €3.5 to €2.5 if you go in a group, or a reduced rate for students and pensioners for €1.5. There is also the possibility of buying a joint ticket with Gibralfaro Castle and visiting it on the same day or the following day. You can find all the information at

At the top of the mountain, in the same architectural enclosure, is the Castle of Gibralfaro. It was built by Abderraman III to protect the city of Malaga from sieges. Currently, the castle can be visited together with the Alcazaba. Tickets can be purchased together from €5.5 to €2.5 with reduced entry. From its keep you can see magnificent views of the city of Malaga, and on a clear day it is possible to see Africa and the Straits of Gibraltar.

If you visit the city on a Sunday, you can access both monuments free of charge from 2pm. However, we recommend that you do not try to visit both monuments at the same time as each one takes at least an hour and a half. We strongly recommend that you go up to Gibralfaro Castle to see the sunset, one of the most beautiful sunsets in the province of Malaga.

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