La Alcazaba is one of Málaga’s most popular landmarks, and overlooks the city from a hilltop.
It was first constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I around 756-780AD. It was then rebuilt by the Sultan of Granada, Badis Al-Ziri from 1057-1063AD which much of the inner palace refurbished.
The Alcazaba has a distinct feel from its more famous, younger neighbours, the Alcázar of Seville and the Alhambra of Granada. It was already three centuries old when the others were built. After the reconquest, it fell into decay until restoration work began in 1933, and continues slowly today. Two of its original three walls remain, as well as over 100 towers and three palaces.
It is one of two Moorish fortresses in the city, the other being the Castillo de Gibralfaro, located above. Unfortunately, there is no direct link between the two.
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Calle Alcazabilla 2, 29012 Málaga
Mon-Sun: 09.00-18.00 (09.00-20.00 during summer months)
Normal entry: €2.20
Joint ticket Alcazaba & Gibralfaro: €3.55
Reductions (Málaga residents, children 6 to 16 years, students, pensioners) : 60 cents
Children under 6: free
Free entry on Sundays from 14.00 until closing time.