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“The Alcazar: An Impressive Gift the Public” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alcazaba de Malaga

Alcazaba de Malaga
Calle Alcazabilla, 29005 Malaga, Spain
630 93 29 87
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Ranked #13 of 89 attractions in Malaga
Type: Castles
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“The Alcazar: An Impressive Gift the Public”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I am very taken by the largesse of Spain for gifting a visit to the Alcazar upon an often unsuspecting public. It's a wonderful, romantic old site, which captures, more intimately, openly and far less complicatedly than its big sister Alhambra, the strengths of an innovate and often brilliant culture and people sadly-- for now-- far less often recognized primarily for those strengths in the face of more recent politics.

We should remain, regardless of other circumstances, grateful as well to Islamic architects and visionaries who in Math, Sciences and Engineering, as well as cuisine, offered so much to our eyes, mind and palate. We are additionally fortunate that the machinations of history have placed so much of it so conveniently in Europe's Spain.

Visited August 2012
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“Málaga's Alhambra”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Whilst it lacks the "pull" of the Grenadine Alhambra, the Alcazar is an excellent example of Moorish architecture, sympathetically restored. It forms an impressive duo with the Gibralfaro above it, and brings to life mediaeval Moorish Málaga.

Visited May 2013
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“Lovely gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

An interesting old moorish castle situated in the centre of the city. Gentle walk up the hill to peaceful gardens and interesting exhibits of items found and restored on site.

Visited May 2013
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“The journey is the best part”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

The castle itself does not have that much to it but the walk up and the views when you get there are well worth it. For the disabled and lazy (that was us after a day of walking :)) you can get an lift that costs a tiny amount.

This plus entrance is free on Sunday afternoons.

Visited April 2013
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“Go on Sunday and it's free to get in.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a very impressive building, not as big as it looks from outside as some areas are closed off, showing the true style of moorish architecture.
You get magnificent views of the port and surrounding area.
You can start by the side road near the cathedral and the amphitheatre and get in that way or you can walk along through the promenade gardens and zigzag your way up through the gardens then go in through the back gate. In March that was quite pleasant but I wouldn't recommend it in the Summer, it's quite steep.

Check your opening times before you start that trek, and if you go on Sunday it is free to get in.

Visited March 2013
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