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Alcazaba and Gibralfaro



  LA ALCAZABA
 Opening Times 9:30 - 19:00 h.
 Address

CL ALCAZABILLA 2, 29012 Málaga.

 Phone

Office: 630932987, Reception: 952227230.

 Admission prices

1.95 Euros.

 Transportation Bus 4, 18, 19, 24, or 135.

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The construction of this astounding building (one of the largest Muslim military installations preserved in Spain) started in the 8th century and finished in the 11th century. It was built by King Badis with the purpose to have a palace for the governors of the city. Sitting beneath the ruins of the "Gibralfaro castle", the Alcazaba stands proud on the summit of a hill (in the center of Malaga) and it offers a spectacular view to the port and to the city.

This splendorous fortress is formed by two walled areas. Visitors can enter into Alcazaba through Alcazabilla street, and they keep going through gardens and towers until they reach the palace. Before they can get into the lower precinct, they pass through two angled gates. Once that they have gotten there, visitors can appreciate the archaeological museum that houses Moorish, Roman and Middle Age findings.

  GIBRALFARO CASTLE
 Opening Times 9:00 - 18:00 h
 Address

CMNO GIBRALFARO 11, 29016 Malaga.

 Phone

Office: 952227230.

 Admission prices 1.80€ ($2.15)
 Transportation Microbus 35, leaves hourly from the cathedral.

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The beautiful castle is located in the top of the hill that's around 130 meters high. The construction dates back to the time when Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians. The name "Gibralfaro" comes from an Arab word "Yabal" that means hill, and the Greek word "Faruh" that means Lighthouse. It makes people think that the hill was used as a coastal lookout point during the Phoenician-Punic period.

Travelers can visit this splendid place by bus or by climbing the stairs from la Alcazaba. Once there, visitors can have a nice view of Malaga. It is also possible to appreciate the long series of display boards that show the plants and fruits of the castle. It is a nice visiting experience.

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