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Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga

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Castle Historic Site
The city of Málaga's official flag depicts this castle, known as Castillo de Gibralfaro. Built in the tenth century by the Caliph of Córdoba, and expanded by the Sultan of Granada, the fortress also once housed King Ferdinand. AS you approach, you'll see ramparts rising from the surrounding woods. This distinguishing feature, along with a few interior buildings and a large courtyard, are well preserved. Take a stroll along the ramparts on the outer wall and you'll catch a view of the interior of the bullfighting ring next door. Put Castillo de Gibralfaro into our Malaga itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Malaga.
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  • Would be quite a climb but we used the City Tour bus then walked down to take in the Alacazaba as well. Great Wall walks with wonderful views. Well worth it.  more »
  • Great castle to visit. Many outdoor sections so wear sunscreen. Beautiful views of Malaga from above the ramparts. Be ready to walk. Lots of stairs. Probably can visit the whole castle in about 90 min...  more »
  • It is a very steep climb to reach the castle (one man slipped and fell over on a bend). Well is worth the efforts. Once inside you can walk around all the wall, getting some lovely views of malaga. Th...  more »
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  • It was free on Sunday afternoon when we visited! It was so much fun to explore throughout this - more of a fort than a castle. The best part about it was walking on the outside walls looking at the views of Malaga.
  • Not quite a 'castillo'. You get there trough a steep walk up hill. We found it disappointing. Not much to see. Alcazaba on the other hand was beautiful! And not so much of a hike ;)
  • Great views in every direction and just simply nice to walk around on the castle walls! Inside near the entrance is a cozy covered seating area btw, where you can get some refreshments as well :) It's no punishment having to walk around the sights with a cold drink in hand ;) The walk uphill on the meandering paths is quite tough though under a burning sun, so keep that in mind. Alternatively, take a bus to the top.
  • A place with a soul. You can see the unique style of this Castel, a result of merging Arabic and European culture. Great place to see and a must if You are in the neighborhood. The ticket is not so expensive and you can spend there an hour or so. I was there in march and it was not crowded.
  • Awesome way to see the city. Beautiful views and well kept up. If his doesn't make you fall in love with Málaga i don't know what will.

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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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