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Alcazaba, Malaga

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Delve into 11th-century history of the Moorish conquest of Spain at Alcazaba. Built on the site of an ancient Roman village, the fortress served as a military stronghold for the Moors up until the Reconquista. Tour the inner labyrinth of the fortress to see impressive Muslim architecture. Wander the gardens full of notable fountains and landscaping. Appreciate panoramic views of the coastline from the fortress walls. Directly in front of the entrance is an old Roman amphitheater that you can tour in addition to the fortress with the purchase of a single ticket. Use our Malaga trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Alcazaba and other attractions in Malaga.
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  • We used City Tour bus to get us up to Gibralfaro first then walked down to Alacazaba but it can be entered at street level with a bit of climb and is stunning inside with typical Moorish water works a...  more »
  • Great moorish specimen, but does not hold a candle to the Alhambra in Granada. It is smaller and more manageable with great architecture and manicured gardens. We waited for tickets in the blazing sun...  more »
  • We went when it opened at 9.00am and almost had the place to ourselves. Lovely views and places to sit.  more »
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  • Very cool to experience ruins that are so well preserved. Easy to access within the city center. Free admission Sundays after 2pm. Stunning landscaping and views. Also cool artifacts. Go closer to closing hours, as it's much cooler and less crowded.
  • Alcazaba provides a unique glimpse into Malaga's past through a well preserved citadel built using Moorish designs. Walking through provides the opportunity to admire the detailed construction of each room and you can't help but marvel at the architectural prowess during this era. This is a must visit site while touring the area.
  • A wonderful place to visit, just a minute away from downtown. The mild hike is well worth it once you see the views from the top, as well as the beautiful pathways you encounter while going up. The staff is really helpful and can help you answer any questions. The brochure/map is available at the entrance in multiple languages.
  • This place is insanely good value for money and sooo beautiful! Heavenly gardens and architecture
  • Great views and interesting gardens, with some lovely water features. Well worth a visit

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Where to stay in Malaga

For a chance to experience the heart of the city center, you will want to stay in the area surrounding Calle Larios and Alameda Principal. This constitutes the commercial shopping district of the city and is a convenient walk to the city's main attractions and beaches. Another option is the historical city center, where an array of lively tapas bars and shops intermix with the dramatic Gothic architecture. For a true beach vacation, choose to stay in one of the hotels lining the city beach where you can soak up views of the beautiful Costa Dorada away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
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