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Castle of Gibralfaro
The Arab word Yabal means hill and the Greek word Faruh means lighthouse. The name Gibralfaro means lighthouse hill. The hill that overlooks Malaga has a castle with the name of Gibralfaro. In 1296 Malaga belonged to the Nazari Dynasty of Granada. Yusuf I reigned between 1333 and 1354 and he was the one who had the Castle of Gibralfaro built. The castle was used as a military base until 1925.
There is a walled passageway that connects the Alcazaba with the Gibralfaro Castle. This is called the coracha terrestre. The castle has deteriorated over the years and today one finds only the walls. There is a large tower called the Torre Blanca. There is also the Airon Well that is 40 meters deep and is carved out of the rock. Other things found in the castle are several tanks to store the water from the well, two bread ovens and the Interpretation Center in the former gunpowder arsenal. This little museum shows arms, uniforms and objects used in everyday life, and information about how the castle was used over the ages. The castle was used for military uses for 483 years.
The castle has a wonderful view of the city of Malaga below. To go there by bus, take the No. 35 bus that leaves from the park (3rd stop from the Plaza de la Marina) and the Alameda Principal.
Hours for Bus No. 35 (from the Alameda Principal):
Monday to Sunday, and holidays: 11:00 to 19:00 H.
Last bus from Gibralfaro to downtown leaves at 19:20 H.
Hours are shown on www.emtmalaga.es bus service web site and for route 35 is at this page:
Castle Opening Hours (Everyday): 9:00 - 18:00 h.
Price: 1,95 euros.
The Parador Hotel Gibralfaro is close to the final stopping point of the bus 35 and can be visited for refreshment. There is a kiosk serving cold drinks etc at the bus stopping point. Inside the Gibralfaro you can find toilets. To appreciate the Gibralfaro you should try to walk around the walls.
One good idea for those able to walk easily, is the route down from the top to the town and this is especially good if you plan to combine a visit to both Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba, you can buy a combined entry ticket costing about 3.50 at Gibralfaro entry and then after your visit walk down the pathway leading into the city and the entrance to the Alcazaba. The path walk follows the outer wall of the Gibralfaro either using a flight of steps or a continuous sloping smooth stone path. It is a bit steep in places but better to walk down than up! It may take about 20 minutes to walk down to the entrance of the Alcazaba.
One of the finest views of the port and city is from a view point on this path.