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The old Muslim castle, known as the Gibralfaro sits on a ridge that overlooks the city of Malaga. At the bottom of this ridge is the Alcazaba, the younger Muslim palace-fortress. A long rampart connecting the two castles. The Alcazaba was constructed in 1057 by Badis, a taifa ruler.

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In many ways the Alcazaba seems more like a garden than a castle.

Alcazaba hours of operation:
Winter (Oct. 1 to Mar. 3):  Tue to Fri: 9:30-13:30 & 16:00- 9:00.  Sat: 10:00-13:00.  Sun & holidays:   10:00-14:00.  Summer:    Tue to Fri: 9:30-13:30 & 17:00-20:00. Sat: 10:00- 13:00 hrs. Sun 10:00-14:00. Free entrance. Closed on Mon. 

Gibralfaro
9:30 - 18:00 hrs.  Free entrance

The Museo Arqueologico is located in the Alcazaba. It was not open during my visit (March of 1999) but there was a small museum located in the Gibralfaro. Information is presented in Spanish.

What came first--the gate or the stairs?

Above - Here you can see the ramparts that connect the two castles.
Once you get into the Gibralfaro, you can walk halfway down the ridge towards the Alcazaba.


At the Gibralfaro you can walk the ramparts and enjoy the view.

I suspect much of the draw of the Gibralfaro is its gardens. March is not the prime time for gardens, even on the Costa del Sol.

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This page last updated March 2007- Most of the information on this page comes from my 1999 visit to Spain.