As a castle, Gibralfaro is a very cool story and built on an amazing location but the decision to plant trees EVERYWHERE spoils the size and views of the castle itself. However, you can walk the entire rampart which is a worthwhile trip for sure!
The hike up is not long, it's a twenty minute walk up a well paved pathway that has its steep bits but the views, the smell of the forest and the with a good breeze it's wonderful. Maybe avoid it in the heat of midsummer...?
My biggest complaint were the swarms of German tourists who were pushy, rude, and downright annoying. If you see them coming, run!
Having said that, the Castle walls are wonderfully preserved and a must visit for history lovers.
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