One of the best-preserved alcazabas in Spain dating from the 11th century and constructed during the Al-Andalus period.

Overlooking the city and port of Málaga is the Alcazaba of Málaga.. Its dominance over the city of Malaga is a powerful today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Alcazaba of Málaga dates all the way back to the 11th century. It was expanded and reinforced several times until the 14th century. The Alcazaba of Málaga was constructed during the reign of Yahya I of the Hammudid dynasty.

The Alcazaba was returned to the city of Malaga after it was occupied by residents. Since 1933, it has been restored and preserved for future generations to visit and learn of its important history. The Alcazaba is one of the best preserved Alcazabas in Spain. As Málaga continues to see huge numbers of tourists, the Alcazaba of Málaga has become one of the city’s top attractions.

The Rise And Fall Of The Muslim Rule In Málaga

The Alcazaba forms part of the history of the Al-Andalus Muslim conquest of Spain. The Alcazaba of Málaga had several improvements under the reign of Badis. Additional enhancements and fortifications were by Muhammed II and later by Yusuf I. The end of Muslim rule to the city of Malaga came when the siege of Malaga in 1487 captured Malaga from the Muslims. The siege of Málaga was led by King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella. The siege of Málaga lasted 4 months and took control from the Emirate of Granada, returning the city to Christian rule.

Alcazaba of Málaga

Visiting The Alcazaba Of Málaga

Fortunately, the Alcazaba of Málaga is in the center of the city and is easy to get to. There is a lift that takes you to the top of the Alcazaba fortress on Calle Guillén Sotelo. If you feel more adventurous, you can walk to the top of the fortress using the many stairs. The best way is taking the stairs and climbing to the top of the Alcazaba. This way, you will be able to view the well-preserved fortress as you slowly make it to the summit of the hill. If you are interested in learning about the history, there is a free audio guide available. Just scan the QR code as you enter, you will be able to listen to the history of the Alcazaba as you walk around.

Once you reach the top, you will be able to explore the area of the fortress. The architecture is Moorish and of the Al-Andalus time, Many features such as the horseshoe or Moorish arch ways, garden patios and other Al-Andalus features are very present within this Alcazaba. The overall condition of the Alcazaba is very well-preserved.

The entrance to the Alcazaba of Málaga is just in front of the Museum of Málaga, just down from the Roman Amphitheater. The lift access is about a 2-minute walk from the main entrance. The Roman amphitheater and the Museum of Málaga can be visited at the same time as the Alcazaba as they are both situated next to the main entrance of the Alcazaba. These three attractions would take a full morning or afternoon to visit. If you wish to have lunch in between visiting these great attractions, there are many good restaurants all around to enjoy a meal and a Rioja wine.

Alcazaba Of Málaga Opening Times And Prices 2023

Opening times for the Alcazaba of Málaga in 2023 are 9:00 until 20:00 from 1st April until 31st October. In the winter months the times are 09:00 until 18:00, this is from 1st November until 31st March 2024. The current entry prices for 2023 are 3.50 Euros for just one attraction, or to visit both attractions (Alcazaba and castle) the price is 5.50 Euros. There are discounts for group bookings, it would be best to contact the venue for more information.