Roman Theatre Malaga
Calle Alcazabilla 8
Hours: 9 am to 8.30 pm. From October to April until 7 pm. Closed on Mondays.
The Roman theatre lies at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress and was discovered by accident in 1951 during renovation of the library and the municipal archives. The theatre dates back to the 1st century BC and was used until the 3rd century. Renovating and archiving began in the sixties and continued for about thirty years.
Part of the theatre was hidden under the foot of Mount Gibralfaro and another part under the library and the city archives. Because these buildings interfered with the excavation of the theatre, it was decided to demolish them. This work was completed in 2011.
Although the open-air theatre is not quite complete because the Moors, who, after taking power, used materials from it to build the higher-lying Alcazaba fortress, the semi-circular stands with stone benches and the stage are still recognisable.
Next to the theatre you will find a small exhibition space (Centro de Interpretación) where audio-visual displays show how the Romans lived here in their time.
In the summer, various performances and concerts are held in the theatre itself. Of course, the location and atmosphere lend themselves perfectly to this. Also take a look inside the glass pyramid, next to the Roman theatre which contains a space in which fish used to be preserved.