Gibralfaro Castle

The Castillo Gibralfaro, situated near the old town on top of a hill next to the Alcazaba, is a superb vantage point over the Mediterranean, which is one of the most visited monuments of Málaga city today.


The climb on foot to Gibralfaro Castle, ahead of the Roman Theatre or the Paseo del Parque, is a bit steep and takes about 15 minutes. It’s also possible to do a bus tour from the city. Once in the Castle, the tour lasts about 1 hour, where you can visit the museum and walk the walls that for centuries were completely impregnable.

Gibralfaro Castle has a Phoenician origin when it was a lighthouse stood on a hill called Gibralfaro, then the Arabs reconverted into a fortress that later would be modified to become Alcázar until in 1487 after a strong siege by the Catholic Monarchs , when Fernando el Catolico took it as his residence.


Old walls Gibralfaro Castle and Roman Anphiteatre in Malaga city


Old walls Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga city

Tour to the Gibralfaro Castle

It is composed of two lines of walls and 8 defensive towers linking the Alcazaba to the Castle. On the bottom, you can take a tour of the entire periphery of the fort. From its various viewpoints you can enjoy views of the city of Málaga that can only be defined by the adjective “breathtaking.” During clear days, you can see the whole bay, the Strait of Gibraltar and even some mountains of the Sierra del Rif in Africa.

The whole route is well marked but, during the visit, you will pass through some narrow and high corridors. Although it is safe enough, you should be cautious especially if you go with young children.

If you visit Málaga, don’t forget to visit this magnificent Castillo de Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba. Undoudtedly, two absolutely essential monuments .


Panoramic view from the top of the Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga city


Turist inside Gibralfaro's Castle


Enjoy this video of the Gibralfaro Castle


Information about Gibralfaro Castle

Address: Camino de Gibralfaro, 11
Telephone: 952122020
Timetable: Summer: 09:00 h – 20:00 h
Horario: Winter:09:00 h – 18:00 h
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Price: 2.20.-€




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