Alcazaba de Malaga [Málaga, Spain]
The Alcazaba of Malaga (from the Arabic al-qasbah, قصبة, meaning “citadel”) is the best preserved Alcazaba in all of Spain and is situated on a hill in the centre of the city, overlooking the port.
Built by the Hammudid dynasty in the 11th century, the palatial fortification comprises of both an outer and inner citadel and originally helped to form part of the city walls. The fortress was eventually captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella after the Siege of Málaga (1487), one of the longest sieges of the Reconquista.
Notable features of the outer citadel include the Puerta de la Bóveda (Vault Gate) and the gardens, adorned with a number of elaborate fountains as you pass through the Puerta de las Columnas (Gate of the Columns). Inside the inner citadel, which is entered through the Puerta de los Cuartos de Granada (Gate of the Granada Quarters), highlights include dwellings built on three concurrent Andalusian patios in 11th, 13th and 14th centuries as well as the Cuartos de Granada (Quarters of Granada) which served as lodging for kings and governors. From the gardens at the very summit of the complex great views are afforded across the city, surrounding hills and port.
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Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2
Opening Times: Summer: Mon: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tues – Sun: 9 a.m. – 8.15 p.m. Winter: Mon: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tues – Sun: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. (the change of hour from summer to winter and vice-versa, changes with the official change of hours i.e. putting the clocks back / forward)
Price: Standard Ticket: 2.20 € Alcazaba-Gibralfaro double ticket: 3.55€ Pensioners, Students, Children: 0.60 € Sundays after 2 p.m. Free
written by: Jon