Gibralfaro Castle

Málaga, Spain

The magnificent Castillo de Gibralfaro sits on a high hill overlooking Málaga city and, and dates back to the 10th century. Gibralfaro has been the site of fortifications since the Phoenician foundation of Málaga city, circa 770 BC. The location was fortified by Calif Abd-al-Rahman III in 929 AD. While, At the beginning of the 14th century, Yusuf I of the Kingdom of Granada expanded the fortifications within the Phoenician lighthouse enclosure and erected a double wall to Alcazaba. The name is said to be derived from Arabic, Jbel, rock or mount, and Greek the word for light, Jbel-Faro, meaning 'Rock of Light'. The castle is famous for its three-month siege in 1487 by the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, which ended when hunger forced the Malagueños to surrender.

The most visible remains of this historic monument are the solid ramparts which rise majestically from dense woods of pine and eucalyptus; inside the fortress itself you will find some buildings and courtyards, reminiscent of those in the Alhambra. The ramparts have been well restored and you can walk all the way round them. At one point, you can get a good view down into the La Malagueta bullring - some visitors linger for a free view of the bullfight. These walls make a fun, interesting and scenic walk, and usually you will have it to yourself, as there aren't many tourists about.

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Founded: 929 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Alex Rambaldi (12 months ago)
How about a sign before you start climbing that only cash is accepted? 2019 that man selling nuts outside the castle accepted card....
Adam Chehouri (12 months ago)
beautiful view of the city, the climb to the top is a bit difficult so be prepared and rest along the way.
Katarína Garajová (14 months ago)
Be prepared to shed a drop of sweat (or two). It's quite a walk up the hill, but the view is definitely worth it.
MrMer1991 (18 months ago)
Perfect experience here and beautiful few.
Valerie Blauwbloeme (2 years ago)
It's definitely worth the long walk uphill! Excellent views of Malaga. We had a drink in the restaurant, and while a bit more expensive, it's a lovely place to relax. Do walk up if you're able, yes, you can drive, but you'll be so proud of yourself for walking and that's half the experience!
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