Gibralfaro Castle Malaga
Camino Gibralfaro 11
Hours: Daily from 1 April to 31 October. 9 am to 8 pm. 1 November to 31 March. 8.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Earlier closing on Mondays.
Admission: € 2.20. Children under 16: € 0.60
Combined entrance fee with the Alcazaba: € 3.55
The Gibralfaro Castle Malaga is located at an altitude of 130 metres, above the Alcazaba fortress, and is surrounded by pine- and eucalyptus trees. The fortress and castle are connected by a rampart. You get the best views of the city of Málaga, the bullring and the harbour from the castle.
The castle was built by the Moors ,commissioned by Sultan Yusuf I of Granada at the start of the 14th century and with the intention of protecting the lower-lying Alcazaba Fortress.
The castle was built on the ruins of ancient Phoenician foundations. The word Gibralfaro comes from the Phoenician word ‘gebel-faro’, which translates as lighthouse-rock. It is believed that a lighthouse for regulating marine traffic was located here in ancient times.
After the bloody and exhausting ‘reconquista’ in 1487, the Christians retook possession of Málaga and the Mosque that was built on the site was demolished.
Gibralfaro Castle Malaga has been restored several times. A few strong towers, some cisterns, wells, bread ovens and a powder magazine remain to remind us of its past.
The castle remained in use for military purposes until 1925.
The castle is also reachable by car or by bike via the other side of the mountain. Parking is available and the site also contains a kiosk and a small restaurant.
There is a scale model in the castle itself that provides better understanding of historical Malaga. You will also find a small museum where you can view the clothes and weapons of soldiers throughout the ages (1487-1925).
Once in the castle, it is definitely worth climbing the final steps. You’ve made it this far, why not go all the way up? Put in the extra effort and you will be rewarded with fabulous views of the Montes de Malaga.