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  • Writer's pictureJay Hicks

Conquering the Fortress of Málaga!

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Exploring the Alcazaba, Citadel, Fortress - regardless of what you call it, a fun way to spend your day!

Alcazaba and the Amphitheater

The Alcazaba is a lavish fortification in Malaga, Spain. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty, who were descendants of the Berber tribes of northern Morocco, in the early 11th century. Many have noted that this is the best-preserved alcazaba or citadel in Spain. King Ferdinand and Isabella captured Málaga from the Moors after the Siege of Málaga (1487). Often referred to as the Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, marriage and joint rule marked the unification of Spain. Together they commissioned Columbus and their daughter Catherin of Aragon married Henry the VIII.

Getting to the Alcazaba bar is no struggle if you come from the city of Malaga. Coming off Mount Gibralfaro can be a more difficult situation. However, it is highly recommended to take in both the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro. To do this, you will inevitably have to climb Mount Gibralfaro or carefully come down the steep cobblestone path. Either way, good shoes are a must!

Gardens in the Alcazaba

Once entering the Alcazaba, you will realize it was well worth the effort. In the midst of many small gardens and courtyards you will be transported to another era. Though not as pristine as the Alhambra in nearby Granada, you definitely get a feeling what life was like for the elite in the 13th and 14th century.

There are double walls and formidable fortifications. Many mosaics are still visible, and the water paths and fountains are still functioning and are skillful integrated into the architecture.

Adjacent to the entrance of the Alcazaba are remnants of a Roman amphitheaters dating to Christ. One of over 200 still found across the area of the Roman Empire, the amphitheater is in use; while some sections are undergoing restoration. Much of the Roman-era materials were reused in the construction of the Alcazaba.

Nearby you will find numerous Restaurante, Gastrobar and Tapas.

Good Travels!

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