26.02.2018 /2: Castillo de Gibralfaro and Alcazaba de Málaga

View of Malaga from the Gibralfaro. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

When you go to the Gibralfaro and even remotely think of the Alcazaba, the combination ticket is the way to go. The cost is meager €3.55 / person, so even if you are in a tight budget, you can still do it. However, the entrance fee must be paid in cash, so be prepared!

Castillo de Gibralfaro

As it is very convenient to reach the Gibralfaro entrance with the Red Bus tour, we recommend starting from there and making your way down towards the Alcazaba and the city. If you are a fitness freak with bulging leg muscles and ribbed tummy, please be my guest and work your way up the hill… or a small mountain. It is clear that the centuries haven’t been kind to the place, and based on the unevenness of the surfaces and steep staircases, this isn’t exactly the first choice for people with disabilities. There are some routes that accommodate wheelchairs, but not nearly everywhere.

The views from the top of the hill and of course the battlements of the Gibralfaro are breathtaking as you can see.

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Also, as part of our blog, it is always nice to include videos! Jules made a live feed that you can check out in Facebook! If you can’t see it for some reason, just let us know.

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So the history of the fortress goes all the way back to ca. 770 BC when the Phoenicians erected the first fortress here. Looking at the views, it is no wonder why this has been a popular spot to guard Málaga ever since!

During the Moorish time, the citadel and Alcazaba were connected, even though they seem to be two completely different structures and entities! There is a clear distinction of the feeling of these two places! Perhaps because the Alcazaba was built later and by different rulers?

From the top of the Gibralfaro there is a good way of soaking in the sight of the city of Málaga and the different layers of time that the city has seen.

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And as the afternoon winds on, it is time for us to start heading down the hill towards the Alcazaba.

Steep way down. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018


The Alcazaba

The Alcazaba is definitely worth the time that we spent there (and the walk down from the Gibralfaro). The walk took us roughly 20-25 minutes but we wouldn’t advise on doing it during rain! Spanish streets can be very slippery when wet! And of course we did a short live feed for the Alcazaba as well to the Facebook.

And as with the Gibralfaro, the Alcazaba isn’t all wheelchair friendly place.

The Alcazaba comes from Arabic ال كاسبة (al kasbah) meaning citadel, and it can be seen from the gates onwards that it was also meant to impress the foreign dignitaries visiting the sultanate! And impressing someone means also decorating the place.

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What surprised us greatly was to see that there was water everywhere. It flowed freely to basins, along the streets in small canals, and in the small, secluded gardens. And to think that these waterways were constructed during the Islamic times and they are still in working order. It shows how advanced the Muslims were even back then.

Speaking of the Islamic times. One very visible reminder of the Muslim rule is the architecture and the intricate details everywhere in the Alcazaba.

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And the best part? The Alcazaba is currently being lovingly restored! Hopefully to its

Ticket to the Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba. (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

former glory!

In our opinion, paying slightly over 7€ to see two magnificient pieces of history is not overly much. Did I remember to mention that the price was for two persons! So even if you are travelling on a tight budget, it is something that it well worth the money.

On the way to our next destination, for local wine, we stopped at the Teatro Romano, a Roman era amphitheater located next to Alcazaba! Take a peek at the video in here.

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