Alcazaba

Alcazaba, Malaga: Hours, Address, Alcazaba Reviews: 4.5/5

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Built between 1057 and 1063, this is probably the most important military fortification remaining from the Hispanic-Arabic period.
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Ella H
Malaga, Spain6 contributions
Aug 2021
It's a really nice place to visit in the evening when the sun isn't so hot as there is little shade inside. If you go an hour or so before it closes there aren't many people there and you can really appreciate the architecture. You can visit for 30 mins or you could easily spend 3 hours there really looking at everything in detail. There are some nice places to look at views over Malaga (the port, the cathedral, etc.). I would say it is one of the most instagrammable places to visit in Malaga and it is relatively cheap to visit too.
Written August 30, 2021
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Maria M.
Malaga, Spain13 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
I recommend it if you like to take a walk outdoors and discover all its corners and gardens with incredible views of the city and the port. The truth is that it is incredible but you have to buy tickets. An almost symbolic price to discover a part of the history of this beautiful city.
Written January 18, 2022
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Carolyne33
Woodlands, Montserrat21 contributions
Sep 2020
I went on an hour's tour in the afternoon with Mohammed Naciri
(tel: 0034628801198), a local tour guide. It was fascinating and his talk about Moorish culture made the Alcazaba come alive for me.

I also spent a quiet morning alone at the Alcazaba in the morning and it was just what I needed, together with free entry as it was 'International Tourism Day'. I was able to wander round the Alcazaba, as it was 10am, it was pretty quiet and there was a lovely cafe with wonderful views serving rioja and coffee.

The history of the Alcazaba is fascinating and I recommend Mohammed as a knowledgeable and educated guide who explained a lot about the significance of all the water features and gardens and the cultures of the people who had built and inhabited the fort. The building is in excellent condition and has obviously undergone a lot of refurbishment.
Written October 6, 2020
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TravellerOxford
Oxfordshire, UK657 contributions
Mar 2022
Definitely worth a look and even better if you haven’t yet been to the Alhambra in Granada; the latter being somewhat grander. But it’s great to visit as it’s pretty central and dominates Malaga - almost as much as the Cathedral!

Be sure to take the lift/elevator if you don’t fancy the walk. Finding it was painful as from the small tourist office located at the top (just in front of the Roman amphitheatre) go down the smooth slope on the right/towards the Port and take the small, first turning on your left - Calle Guillen Sotelo, and the lift entrance is 200yards on your left. Entrance is labelled 'Ascensor' (see picture).

You can buy a ticket at this entrance or you can buy a combined ticket for Gibralfaro & Alcazaba - neither are expensive. These two sites aren’t really linked, although there is a walkway from the outside of Gibralfaro which leads down to the Alcazaba. I believe it’s over 30mins. But better to jump in a taxi to Gibralfaro and hope that you can catch one back… or there is a local bus.

In my opinion, both sites are worth visiting.
Written April 11, 2022
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands6,626 contributions
Jan 2022
Last time I was here (three years a go), you could only pay cash. But the Alcazaba has progressed and now you can use your bank card! Friendly staff. The view from up there still is amazing. We could also see our apartment from the Plaza de la Merced. If you don't want to take the stairs/walk the hill, there is an elevator in a tunnel around the corner. Be advised that there isn't any step free access when on the top so you need to leave any push chair or pram at the point where you leave the elevator and do some walking. Wheelchair access is possible to a certain extent, but then you're unfortunately restricted to visiting the upper terrace only (and still need to navigate some steps).

I'd say a must see if you visit Málaga.
Written January 9, 2022
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Ramona
Auckland Central, New Zealand562 contributions
Aug 2021
Beautifully maintained and easy walking paths. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes (ie, not heels) as you'll be walking up/down hill on pebbles. It is so special to walk through historical grounds. Sunday's are free however, be careful as this means much bigger crowds.
Written August 3, 2021
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Rodric L
Doorwerth, The Netherlands24 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Truly amazing place. You need at least audio guide to understand the background of this gigantic construction left by Arab conquerors many centuries ago. Take your time, as lots of walking is required. Try to get a timeslot in morning when heat is not too imposing. Finish with a drink in Hotel America.
Written September 17, 2021
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GraceeeeBrown
Birmingham, UK212 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Alcazaba is incredible affordable to visit, and if I’m correct actually offers free entry from time to time also. The grounds and buildings and fantastic to wander around although there is little information on them.

The views of Malaga old town are lovely and well worth a trip if you would like to see the city from above.
Written October 8, 2020
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Cajundanzman
League City, TX36 contributions
Mar 2022
I have been to Alcazaba twice in 6 weeks. I will go again. Each time I have gotten something new out of the visit and I love the cafe that provides a good choice of beverages and snack - while offering a majestic view of the harbor, Playa Malagueta and the Med. My YouTube video (TRAVLN TXN channel) is one of many of this historic Moorish fortress.
Written April 7, 2022
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Barry Leslie
nova scotia17 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a very impressive site that reminds you of the level of skill and the immense work that went into the building of cities in the past. The visit is not guided and people are free to roam the ins and outs of the fortress as they please. For those who have a particular interest in this period in history, the site evokes pictures of what it must have been like to live day to day, or to be under attack in this place. The views of Malaga port are fantastic. There are no amenities at the site, so you may want to take some water or a snack with you. I feel there could have been more interpretation; however, overall it is well worth the time and price of admission.
Written March 20, 2020
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