Gibralfaro Castle and it's splendid views

For the best views of the city of Málaga, climb the steps along the city walls to the top of Gibralfaro Castle, 130 metres above sea level, next to the Alcazaba of Malaga. These two buildings are linked by a double zigzag wall known as the "Coracha". Your efforts will be rewarded by a breathtaking panorama of the bullring, the port and the cathedral, taking in the whole of Málaga as far as the seaside resort of Torremolinos, 6 km away. After a well-earned refreshing drink, take a walk around the ramparts to admire the different viewpoints. Inside the castle's former powder magazine, an exhibition retraces the castle's life as a military garrison and coastal lookout since 1487, with models, maps, miniatures and navigational instruments. A must-see in Malaga.

Gibralfaro Castle

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The history of the château

A defensive fortress

The castle was built in the 14th century by the Emir of Córdoba on an ancient Phoenician site in order to gather troops and protect the Alcazaba. It is a powerful fortress with a double enclosure that originally contained cisterns to support a garrison of 5,000 men. It is in a good state of preservation, and in 1933 the Andalusian Assembly granted it special recognition among the castles of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. It offers one of the most impressive views of the city of Malaga and its port.

View from the top of Gibralfaro castle

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The castle is divided into two parts. The upper part, known as the main courtyard, contains the 17-metre-high main tower, the Phoenician well, the thermal baths and information on the history of the castle. Then there is a lower section, known as the parade ground, housing the troop barracks, the stables and the white tower.

Practical info

⏰ Opening times

Gibralfaro Castle is open every day, with different opening times depending on the time of year. From 1 April to 31 October, the site is open from 9am to 8pm. From 1 November to 31 March, it is open from 9am to 6pm. It is closed on 1 January and on 24, 25 and 31 December. The last admissions are 45 minutes before closing time. Good to know, the lift is closed on Mondays.

👛 Price

Full price: €3.50

Reduced ticket: 1.50 (students, over 65s, unemployed)

Free on Sundays after 2pm

Combined tickets are also available for the Alcazaba citadel.

Full price for both monuments: €5.50

Reduced price for both monuments: €2.50 (students, over-65s, unemployed)

Gibralfaro Castle Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle

Book a ticket for Gibralfaro Castle to discover Malaga's historic heritage with Gibralfaro Castle
£22 / person

A few tips for your visit

  • The site is accessible to people with reduced mobility (except on Mondays).
  • Guided tours are also available
  • tours generally last 1 hour 30 minutes

You can download a free audio guide by scanning the QR codeon the monument's website

🚌 Getting there

The castle is located on the heights to the east of Malaga's historic centre. So you'll have to climb a bit, but the view and the location are well worth it. Several bus routes also serve this historic site. The Camino de Gibralfaro stop on line 35 will drop you off just a few minutes' walk away. The Paseo del Parque stop on lines 1, 3, 14 and 21 will take you to 19. The Plaza de la Merced stop on line C1 will take you to your destination in 24 minutes on foot. minutes on foot. The Alameda Principal - Sur stop on line 7, 20, is 29 minutes' walk away.

Where to sleep?

⭐ Hotel Parador

Just a stone's throw from the castle, theHotel Parador offers one of the best views of the city and port of Malaga. The all-stone-built hotel is situated in a privileged position on Mount Gibralfaro. You can also enjoy its swimming pool, open all year round except January, on the hotel's penthouse. There is also a restaurant offering traditional Malaga cuisine using seasonal produce in an exceptional setting. The hotel has a free car park, but please note that heavy vehicles over 5 tonnes and over 6 metres in length are not permitted.

For more information, please visit the hotel's website.

Hotel Parador

Hotel Parador Malaga

Hotel Parador

Book your accommodation at the Hotel Parador de Malaga
8.6 Superbe
£140 / night

"Very helpful staff. Swimming pool with a beautiful view over the bay of Malaga. The room had a small balcony with a nice view. Great breakfast. We ate one evening in the hotel restaurant and enjoyed ourselves. "

Julien's review on Booking after his 3 night stay at this hotel in May 2021.
by Jude JONES
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