Adress: Calle Alcazabilla 2
Hours: daily from 1 April to 31 October: 9 am to 8 pm.
From 1 November to 30 March: 8.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Admission: € 2.20 Children under 16: € 0.60
The combined entrance fee for the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle situated above is € 3.55
Malaga Alcazaba Fortress – Travel Guide Malaga
The Moorish Alcazaba fortress in Malaga is certainly less well known than the famous Alhambra in Granada, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Before you start, take a look at the scale model, displayed at the entrance to get an overview of the building as a whole. The Moorish (Arab) rulers began construction of this walled fortress in the 8th century. However, most of it wasn’t built until the 11th century. The fortress is built against Mount Gibralfaro. The Alcazaba was once part of the city walls and was built to protect the city of Málaga from invaders.
There are several gardens, courtyards, gates, patios, palaces and ponds in the Alcazaba as well as its hundred rectangular towers. Also the irrigation systems are an impressive feet of engineering by the very skilled Arabs.
The Arabic style is omnipresent. The typical arches, intricate stonework, mosaics and other ornate elements will transport you back in time.
Upon entering, take note of the labyrinth-like maze of walls and corridors. It is not difficult to get lost here. The fortress was built this way to confuse potential intruders.
Within the enclosure of the Alcazaba are the former palaces of the Islamic government and the Moorish Palacio Nazari. This palace was built around three rectangular patios. The patios each have an open side with three arches and were built according to the model of the Alhambra in Granada.
One of the palaces of the Alcazaba contains the Archaeological Museum. A collection of Phoenician, Roman and Moorish pottery, sculptures and mosaics is displayed here.
At the foot of the Alcazaba you will find the remnants of a Roman theatre. Building materials from this theatre were later used by the Arab rulers for the construction of the Moorish fortress. For example, you can see Roman marble pillars used to support Moorish arches: an extraordinary sight.
The restoration of the Alcazaba of Malaga, started in the year 1931 and continued until 1947.
The short walk to the fortress starts at the Roman theatre below. If you are not in the mood for this, or if you have difficulty walking, you can use the lift, located on the other side of the Alcazaba, near the city hall.
Does an invigorating walk involving some climbing appeal? Then continue a little further up to admire the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It’s best to avoid the hottest time of the day. The path is directly exposed to sunlight and there is little shade. However, it does offer beautiful, ever-changing views of the harbour, the bullring and the centre of Málaga.