To speak of Malaga is to speak of its Alcazaba, a fortress inherited from Muslim times, that in Arabic means citadel.
At the foot of Mount Gibralfaro, the beauty of this fortress still standing demonstrates the defensive character of the citadel against invasions.
Thus, in addition to an unparalleled history, the Alcazaba offers panoramic views as a result of the privileged situation: in front of the Roman Theatre and the Customs building, and with the bullring in the background, the alameda and the hustle and bustle of the port in the background.
Renaissance, Christian and Muslim enclave and crossroads. Icon of Malaga and part of its living history...this is only the letter of introduction of the Alcazaba: one of the treasures par excellence in the city of light.
Do you want to know more about this enclave? Today in Oway we take you on a journey through the curiosities and history of the Alcazaba... Shall we begin?
The Muslim citadel par excellence
With a construction dating from the eleventh century
at the behest of the Berber taifas king of Granada, the citadel was located in a perfect defensive environment as it is the high profile of Mount Gibralfaro. This strategy and the walls would offer protection for centuries and would remain in good condition until the eighteenth century.
Thus, the Alcabaza and its current conservation situate the monument as one of the best preserved defensive fortresses in Spain.
The typical defensive elements of Arab constructions are the crenellated walls, arrow-holes, watchtowers and machicolations, which are conserved in the Alcazaba.
Although disappeared today, it used to dominate a neighborhood that offered unprecedented advances for the time, such as a sewage system and latrines in homes with fecal evacuation systems.
Tour | What will you find?
With several different terraces that had different uses, the robust exterior encloses the delicacy of the gardens and courtyards that allow you to relax with the privileged views of Malaga
in the background.
With several renovations throughout the centuries, one of the most disruptive was the one carried out after the Reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs.
Residence and holiday center of personalities, historical enclave and now one of the most visited places in Malaga, and not for less.
Parts of the interior enclosure
- Arms Square
- Door of the Arches
- Palace of Alcazaba|With the room of Granada among other stays of interest
- Neighborhood of Arab houses of the XI century
- Homage Tower
Practical Information | Visiting the Alcazaba of Málaga
The Alcazaba, far from being a static monument, offers the possibility of immersing oneself in its essence through routes that take you back to its time of splendor, when it dominated Malaga at an administrative, social and defensive hierarchical level.
From Oway, if you have the opportunity, we recommend the nocturnal visit - an unforgettable experience.
- Prize – Regular ticket 2.20 euros. On Sundays the visit is free of charge.
- Timetable|9h00 to 20h00 in summer and 9h00 in winter
- For more information, you can visit the official website of the community of Andalusia.
In short, during your visit to Malaga, immersing yourself in the experience of the Alcazaba will take you back to Caliphate times, where the crossing of cultures and defensive strategy was a constant.
Malaga is living history of yesterday today and tomorrow.
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