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.