Alcazaba
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An imposing fortress with great views
    The Alcazaba fortress is the most visible part of Alhambra. It is very old. The oldest parts are from the 9th century. The current complex was built in the 13th century by Mohammed I, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. He established his royal residence inside the fortress. His son Mohammed II also had his residence in Alcazaba, until the palaces were finished. From then on, Alcazaba was only used as a fortress for military purposes. It is advisable to have comfortable shoes. There is a lot of climbing up and down.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fortress and Watchtower
    The Alcazaba is the fortress and watchtowers at the Alhambra. It is a military building with watchtowers and provides some outstanding scenic views of Granada! The Alcazaba has an interesting history, and is best to have a knowledgeable tour guide to provide context, like our group had with our guide, she was fantastic!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Granada! Great history!
    The Alcazaba is the oldest part of the Alhambra said to be built in the 9th century. It consists of the ruins of a neighboring, large castle walls and towers, and is home to amazing views of Granada. I highly recommend visiting the Alcazaba!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • bestcornishcat
    United Kingdom29,260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant place to visit early in the morning
    A smaller, less crowded, less well preserved and less ornate version than the one in Granada. Somehow that made it feel more realistic. Set in delightful gardens with a huge range of herbs and plants, we enjoyed it on a cool January afternoon but I imagine it would feel even more atmospheric on a hot Summer’s day. Recommended
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
After visiting the Nasrid Palace and walking in the gardens of Generalife we gathered strength again and went to the oldest part of the Alhambra. I think it’s larger and more impressive than Alcazaba in Malaga we visited previous day. The bastion is the most important part of it. It’s really great, well preserved and it’s worth to climb up 68 high stairs, walk around and see everything. Plus the view of the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. It’s magnificent!
Written January 20, 2023
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Alcazaba is the oldest part of the Alhambra, having been built in 1238 on the site of an earlier fortress. For many years it became a citadel of high walls and defensive towers like the Torre de la Vela. It housed the barracks of the Royal Guard (Alcazaba) and the medina. As you walk through, you notice the narrow walkways, the red brick and the strategic vantage points overlooking the valley below.
Written December 17, 2022
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WitchyYork
Strensall, UK993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited as part of the Alhambra complex. This part as imagined, requires lots of steps and uneven surfaces to gain access to the magnificent views from the top. Some people had timed entry tickets but as we purchased our ticket as a combination, we could enter when we liked, about a 10 min queue wait.
Written September 26, 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Alcazaba fortress is the most visible part of Alhambra. It is very old. The oldest parts are from the 9th century.

The current complex was built in the 13th century by Mohammed I, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. He established his royal residence inside the fortress.

His son Mohammed II also had his residence in Alcazaba, until the palaces were finished. From then on, Alcazaba was only used as a fortress for military purposes.

It is advisable to have comfortable shoes. There is a lot of climbing up and down.
Written April 2, 2023
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY803 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Alcazaba is the oldest part of the Alhambra said to be built in the 9th century. It consists of the ruins of a neighboring, large castle walls and towers, and is home to amazing views of Granada. I highly recommend visiting the Alcazaba!
Written January 4, 2024
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bestcornishcat
United Kingdom29,260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A smaller, less crowded, less well preserved and less ornate version than the one in Granada. Somehow that made it feel more realistic.

Set in delightful gardens with a huge range of herbs and plants, we enjoyed it on a cool January afternoon but I imagine it would feel even more atmospheric on a hot Summer’s day.

Recommended
Written January 14, 2024
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,786 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Alcazaba is a huge, magnificent fortress and part of the Alhambra complex. Not only is it impressive in itself, it offers great views over Granada.

Bring I.D. with you as they ask to photograph it, I suspect in case of COVID track & trace necessity.
Written September 5, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The Alcazaba has a long history. Archaeological work dates it to at least the 9th century. It served as residence of various rulers, but it was mostly used as a fortress protecting the surrounding area and its residents. At some stage it fell out of use and was neglected until sometime in the 19th century. Definitely worth a visit.
Written May 3, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The climb up the narrow and uneven brick and stone stairs is absolutely worth it when you get to the top.
There are 4 towers but unless you’re energetic, then there’s no need to climb them all. The best tower to choose is the Torre de la Vela or Watch Tower. It’s the tallest, it has an excellent viewing platform and the bell tower. It’s the one with the flags.
From the top, you get an absolutely panoramic view over Granada and as far away as the distant Siera Nevada mountains, which were covered in snow when we were there. You couldn't have a better vantage point for spotting any advancing armies.
You are also standing in exactly the same spot where the Christians triumphantly their flag on 2 January, 1492 when they took back Granada. Every year on that date, the bell still rings out to commemorate the event.
The 2 other original towers, built by Mohammed I, are the Torre Quebrada (Broken Tower) and the Torre del Homenaje (the Keep). Another tower was added later, Torre de la Pólvora (Gunpowder Tower). 
The strange maze like structures as you enter are the Arms Square. It’s where the garrison of soldiers and the military elite lived. Excavations have uncovered what was essentially a small-scale town, with paved streets, public steam baths and bread ovens, plumbing and drainage and a cistern. From ground level, it was hard to make much of it out. It’s best seen from the tower looking down. From higher up, we could start to see where the streets and houses would have stood.
TICKETS:
* This is included as part of the General Entry ticket (€14.85).
* Make sure you keep your entry ticket handy because you’ll need to show it at the Nasrid palaces and also the Generalife.
* Unlike the Nasrid Palaces, you don’t have to book a time slot for the Alcazabar. We booked an early time slot for the palaces and saw them first which worked really well because we had no time constraints and were free to explore everything else at our leisure.
Written January 15, 2021
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
After the Alcazaba of Malaga, this one did not impress me at all. Probably, if the houses and other constructions had been restored, and not only I would have seen the foundations of the buildings in a framed pit, I would have appreciated it more.
In the 1200s, Mohamed I. started to build it. At first, Alcazaba was also the home of him, and after to his successor, Mohamed II as well. When the Christians captured Granada, they renovated Alcazaba and brought it back to be a proper defense of Granada. However, its importance has declined over the centuries and has slowly started to deteriorate. At the beginning of the 20th century, they began to rebuild the fortress, that had been destroyed by then. Today, the towers are in place again, but the residential buildings are only marked by basic walls with only a signaling value.
Nowadays the main and nearly the only attraction of the place are the towers especially if you’re a military historian, and the stunning view from the top of the Watch Tower (Torre de la Vela) for people with the right stamina. I wasn’t one of them, because I decided not to go up to the four-story tower. The view from the walls was just as good for us, ordinary people. If it weren't a package deal with the Nasrid Palaces, I probably would skip it.
Written May 21, 2019
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