One of the stand-out emblems of not only the city (it is on both Malaga city and province’s seal and flag), but on the Málaga skyline is the magnificent Castillo de Gibralfaro. Dating from the 10th century, it overlooks the city and the port.
This is the newer (and higher) of the city’s two Moorish fortresses, the other being the Alcazaba.
The castle is famous for the three-month siege by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella after which Ferdinand occupied the site, while his queen took up residence in the town.
The hill on which the Gibralfaro is located forms part of the Montes de Málaga mountain range.
Nowadays, the fantastically-preserved ramparts, buildings and courtyards can all be seen, while a walk arounf the walls give a fantastic view over the mountains and city.
Be warned – if you are unfit or temperatures are high, a bus or taxi are advised. Otherwise, you can walk to the summit.
There are three main ways to get there: the first is via the Paseo de Don Juan Temboury from near the Alcazaba entrance. This follows the fortress’s outer wall and joins a cobbled path.
Another way is to climb the zig-zag steps which lead up from beside the Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM) to join the same cobbled path.
On this path is a fantastic ‘mirador’ which gives unparalleled views of the bullring and port.
The third is much longer but takes a much more scenic route through nature. To take this route, join Calle Mundo Nuevo from beside Plaza Merced. This route is not advised after nightfall.
Camino Gibralfaro 11, 29016 Málaga
Mon-Sun: 09.00-18.00 (09.00-20.00 during summer)
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 Sundays from 14.00 until closing time.