Castillo de Gibralfaro
Castillo de Gibralfaro
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Historic Sites • Castles
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,713 contributions
Couples
We visit this historic monument at least once per visit to the city and it is well worth going to. Common sense demands that it is on top of the highest hill so it is quite a walk. Make sure you were sensible footwear as the slopes up can be rough and slippy at times.

It’s worth the effort though once you get to the castle. As well as this fortification there is a hotel and a snack bar up there which allows you to get refreshments and get your energy back! The views are absolutely stunning as well.
Written September 13, 2022
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dena f
Oxfordshire, UK266 contributions
Family
Affordable and easy to navigate, make sure to arrive early to avoid the biggest crowds. The hike up is a bit steep, but our family with young children and a toddler made it with a few piggy backs along the way. There are busses that also make the trip. Tickets are easily purchased from a machine where you can select from many languages. Self guided audio tours are also available. There are a number of stairs inside the castle and uneven terrain. Walking on the castle walls however is a great treat for views around the whole city. Toilets and a small cafe made this a great stop after a warm morning of climbing.
Written November 2, 2021
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david p
Falkirk, UK200 contributions
This was a stop on the hop on hop off bus, at the top of a very steep narrow hill, there are also public buses that go up as well. The castle is very nice with an on top of the wall walkway that takes you around, and gives amazing views of the city. At the top in the castle there is also a bar that serves drinks and snacks, under shade and a welcome rest point at the top.
If you go after 2pm on a Sunday only it is free entry..
Written August 5, 2022
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Haley M
East Kilbride, UK45 contributions
Solo
Must do when visiting Malaga. The walk to the top of the castle is really lovely but definitely bring some water! There is a viewing point before the castle (if you don’t want to go that far up) which can get a little crowded. The paths can be quite steep in places. The views are spectacular and definitely worth it.

On the way up there are people selling souvenirs like fans, bracelets etc also buskers playing violin and guitar.
Written September 18, 2022
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Cajundanzman
League City, TX38 contributions
If you are reasonably fit, definitely walk up to the Castillo de Gibralfaro from the entrance to Alcazaba (You can, if you like, by one ticket to both attractions in one day, but rushing through either will spoil the experience.) The walk up is a bit strenuous, but you are viewing the walls and gardens outside of Alcazaba as well as the constantly changing view of the city and harbor below. Both young and not so young are seen stopping to rest a bit or savor the view on the way up. The Castle itself involves a lot of walking on the castle parapets and affords breathtaking views in all directions depending on what part of the castle you are on. I posted a video of Gibralfaro on my YouTube channel "TRAVLN TXN", which captures a lot of the feel, but nothing can substitute for the real thing. Oh, and yes, you can take a bus up to the castle if you prefer but, again, the hike up was worth it. We did take the bus down.
Written April 7, 2022
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC977 contributions
Perched on top of the hills of Malaga, one is afforded excellent views of the ocean and of the city of Malaga. Otherwise, there's really not much to see inside. In fact, I was kinda bored and I'm still assessing if the steep 15-20 minute hike to get to it was worth my time. Small museum inside, but not very interesting.

You can get a combined ticket for the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro, cheaper then if you'd buy a ticket for each individually.
Written May 24, 2021
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PMV
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,206 contributions
Friends
Located on the top of the hill, you need to climb a lot of steps, but once you reach it after a good 20 mins walk, you get a beautiful 360 degree scenery over the city. You visit the castle only from the outdoor by following the narrow walk on top of the walls surround it.
The entrance cost only 2€ if you package it with the below fort, which is much nicer.
Written October 7, 2020
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maverick
44 contributions
Couples
When you are in Malaga City, a must to visit is the prominent area of Castillo de Gibralfaro and Alcazaba. You can buy combined tickets for both so you can avail a discount at the main ticket by the entrance. It needs at least one whole day to enjoy your time not rushing so much and missing some good panoramic views and landscapes and specially the view of Malaga city from the top of Gibralfaro. This requires a lot of walking, so I suggest for you to be ready for some heights and slopes. A great outdoor activity when it's a fine and clear day, as the view from the top is really amazing.
Written January 8, 2020
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Awais C
Manchester, UK5 contributions
Couples
At €1.50pp (on top of €3.50pp for Alcazaba), it’s a minimum 30 minute steep uphill trek to the top - albeit dependent upon walking speed and number of breaks. When you get to the top, you get to see another ruin and views from every part of the fort.
In summary, it’s simply not worth the time or effort just to see the same views that you saw from the Alcazaba.
Written June 19, 2022
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MacNorthernIreland
Northern Ireland50 contributions
Amazing views of the city and surrounding areas. You can walk around the walls but there are quite a few steps. There is a lovely little cafe for a nice cool drink and a snack. Entrance fee was only 3.5 euros well worth it.
Got the bus to the top, much easier on the legs, we walked down and again the views are great.
Written April 15, 2022
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