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“Málaga's Alhambra” 5 of 5 stars
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Alcazaba
C Alcazabilla s/n, 29015 Malaga, Spain (Centro)
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Private Malaga City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #5 of 180 things to do in Malaga
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: Built between 1057 and 1063, this is probably the most important military fortification remaining from the Hispanic-Arabic period.
Campanillas
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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.

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“Great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

It was very cheap to go in and the views were awesome. It's a bit of a climb to the top but well worth it.

Visited April 2013
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“I Didn't Wanna Go Up There But...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I'm glad I did. Of Course, it's not on the scale of it's historical brothers but it that much more important! Anthropologists believe Malaga is where the Phoenicians and Moors landed when they came to the European continent. Even though the Alcazaba is a mere 1000 years old this would have been the spot where the first Phoenicians set up a lookout. It's not really that much of a climb, but I thought I'd be made to go on a forced march up to the Castillo.
It's a really beautiful spot for seeing the city, enjoying the garden, as well as seeing the Parque de Malaga from the air. It's only a little more than two euros. The Bullring looks cool, too. It's a great way to see the docks. Be sure to notice how precise the trees along the park have been trimmed into square shapes. Even though it's exposed, I think there must always be a nice breeze off of the ocean.
There isn't much of a house to see, but the gardens/patios are worth the hike. There is a really fun rill that trickles through most of it: turning, disappearing, re-appearing, dividing and finally forming a pad on which a stone fountain seems to float. They've used large pots throughout as architectural elements. The interior spaces are used for temporary exhibits. When we there they had one examining the basic forms of utilitarian pottery and how they can be embellished to create art.
It must have been my bad luck to be there when I was there. I met up with some of the rudest tourists (you know who you are!) So picture taking was really difficult. By 5PM when we headed down again, there were no people at all. Tip: get there at five. Also, there was some suspicious looking people there letting their kids play (half-naked) in the fountains. I understand the city is full of pick-pockets, so remember that you are still in the city.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautifully restored moorish castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

It was a real pleasure to walk around this monument to moorish architecture. The restored Alcazaba gives a real feel as to what it would have been like 1000 years ago with its twisting paths up the hill and lovely little water features.

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“Calm oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

A cool, calm oasis of greenery above the city. Excellent views over the city, port and along the coast, And free after 2pm on Sundays!

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