Alcazaba de Málaga, Spain

Located on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, is the beautiful city of Málaga. It has lovely beaches, great food, interesting history, and is the birth place of Pablo Picasso. Founded in the 7th century BC by the Phoenicians, it is one of the oldest cities in the world.

As you wander through the city, you’ll see an imposing fortress, Alcazaba de Málaga, on a hillside. Alcazaba is an Arabic word meaning citadel. Located on Mount Gibralfaro, Alcabaza de Málaga was built during the 11th century, and occupies 15,000 square meters.

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The fortress has a long and interesting history. Initially it was the home of multiple Muslim dynasties until 1487 when it was seized by Catholic military forces. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1680, and by French troops in 1693 during the Nine Years’ War. In the years that followed, it was used as a prison and hospital until it was recognized as an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Spanish Historical Heritage Society in 1930.

At that time restoration and excavation began, and a Roman Theatre was unearthed in 1951.

As you work your way through the compound you’ll pass through three courtyards, Los Surtidores, Nasrid Palace Courtyard, and Orange Tree Courtyard. The outer courtyard was the first line of defense, while the inner courtyards were the primary locations of everyday life. It also included an escape route in the event of invasion. These characteristics made it one of the most advanced fortresses of its time.

This amazingly well preserved fortress is a beautiful spot to visit, and offers lovely views of the city and beaches. There is a small admission fee which is well worth the price.

Cathedral de Málaga is another beautiful place to visit. Built on the site where a mosque once stood, this beautiful cathedral built in the Renaissance style took well over two hundred years to complete.

Málaga is a beautiful city for strolling, and we spent hours taking in the lovely scenery and warmth.

Summer is the peak tourist season in Málaga. We visited in January and found few crowds, bright blue skies, and temps in the mid 60s.

I hope you enjoyed this post about Málaga. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and hope to return someday.

As always, I would love to hear from you so please leave a message if you’re so inclined.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. Ah Tricia, I loved reading this and finding out about your experience at Alcazaba de Málaga. I lived in Malaga for a year back in 2016-2017 and must have hiked around the fortress at least a dozen times. You have captured everything intimately and were definitely savvy to visit in January when things are calmer. `Some amazing cloud shots throughout this piece and it’s lovely to see the Malagueta again.

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    1. That must have been an amazing experience. As we wandered through the city after visiting the fortress, we commented multiple times on how easily we could live there. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that it brought back some nice memories for you. Thanks Leighton!

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  2. I haven’t been to Spain (yet), but from what I’ve read and seen (including your wonderful photographs), the mix of Christian/European, Muslim/Arabic/Moorish influences make it a very culturally and visually dynamic country. Thank you for sharing your time at Alcazaba de Malaga. It was wonderful to experience through your images and words.

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  3. I’m always in awe when old buildings are discovered – it’s amazing how they stayed hidden for so many centuries! Again, you have so many beautiful photos Tricia … I love your mix of old and modern (and the little detail in some of your photos are lovely).


  4. I’ve never been to Malaga but it’s definitely on my list, especially now that I have seen all these beautiful pictures! The history of the Alcazaba is very interesting too, thanks for sharing!

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