The Alcazaba of Malaga
Are you in Malaga and don’t know what to see(link to What to see in Malaga)? If you are going to visit the city of the Costa del Sol, a mandatory stop is the Alcazaba of Malaga, one of the most impregnable fortresses of the Medieval Age.
We are talking about a building built at the time when the Muslims occupied the peninsula, Al-Andalus. It is said that the person in charge of its construction was the Taifa king of Malaga, coming from the Hamudi dynasty, then some sources mention that Badis Habus, king of the Zirid dynasty of Granada, was in charge of its reform and enlargement.
The Alcazaba of Malaga is located under the Mount of Gibralfaro, and right at its feet lies the Roman theater, which was a cemetery during the construction of the Alcazaba, and of which some parts were expropriated to build it. Just across the street is the Palacio de la Aduana, a Renaissance style building. All this makes this area a unique combination of cultures, Arabic, Roman and Renaissance, transforming this corner into a unique intercultural haven that you can not miss.
Visiting the Alcazaba of Malaga is the perfect plan after having tapas at the fantastic restaurant
Just 10 minutes from the Alcazaba, you will taste the best tapas of Malaga prepared by the great Diego René.
Here is a tour of the interior of the Alcazaba so that you do not miss anything and the schedules and prices of the entrance.
What to see inside the Alcazaba?
There are two enclosures inside the Alcazaba. To enter the first one we will have to do it by the main access door, where we will find a map that will indicate the route of the visit. The access door, forged in metal, is one of the original pieces of the first construction of the Alcazaba, therefore, it is more than 600 years old, impressive, isn’t it? Next, we come across the door of the vaulted vault, which has that term because it is covered by a vaulted vault of brick.
Through the Arch of Christ you enter the second enclosure, once past the door we will find the Plaza de Armas, which has that name because that is where the artillery cannons were placed after the Christians occupied the area. The Plaza de Armas is characterized by its views and its charming garden, inspired by the Al-Andalus period. When there are few people, the sound of fountains has a calming effect. This combined with the wonderful views make any moment unique.
If we continue ascending we will arrive at the Gate of the Seven Arches, the last gate that will allow us to access the highest area of the fortress where you will see how the kings of the ancient world slept, the Palace, which stands out for its Nasrid style architecture.
The Palace is surrounded by three courtyards. The first courtyard is that of the Surtidores, which has a beautiful fountain from the caliphate in the center. Further on is the Nasrid Palace where the second courtyard, the Orange Tree Courtyard, is located. Finally, we reach the third courtyard, where the remains of a neighborhood where the servants of the palace lived.
Finally, we will descend the Alcazaba until we reach the Roman Theater, a place that is also worth visiting.
After this tour, added to the sun of the Costa del Sol, we suppose that you will be thirsty, so we recommend you to refresh your throat with a cocktail at the
Opening hours and prices of the Alcazaba of Malaga
Summer Schedule: 09:00 – 20:00 (April 1 to October 31)
Winter Schedule: 09:00 – 18:00 (November 1 to March 31)
Normal ticket price : 3,50€.
Normal ticket price for groups: 2,50€.
Reduced ticket price: 1,50€.
We hope this article has helped you to learn more about the Alcazaba and a bit of Malaga’s history. We hope you can visit it soon and discover it for yourself!