10 Alcazaba of Malaga Facts

Alcazaba of Malaga

Fun & Interesting Facts About Alcazaba of Malaga

  1. The Alcazaba is the best-preserved Moorish fortress-palace in Spain.

  2. Alcazaba was used as a State prison.

  3. The Alcazaba of Málaga is a fortress-palace built between 1057 and 1063.

  4. Alcazaba takes its meaning from the Arabic, which means ‘citadel’.

  5. Muslim origin of the Alcazaba, its name arises, which in Arabic takes the meaning of ‘citadel’.

  6. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century.

  7. Airon is a 40 meters depth well which was used to supply water to the residents of the Palace.

  8. Alcazaba was constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification.

  9. The ‘Torre del Cristo’ was created by the people of Malaga, used as a point of entrance to the neighbourhood and is currently occupied by houses.

  10. In 1279 the city was conquered by Muhammed II Ben al-Ahmar and became part of the Nasrid kingdom.

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Alcazaba of Malaga

Alcazaba of Malaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga is a historic palace and fortress built in the eleventh and fourteenth centuries by the Hummudid Dynasty and served as Moorish rulers living quarters, without a doubt the location of the fortress has the most beautiful view of Malaga as well as a great strategic location during the Roman, Moorish and medieval century.

The arch of Christ is one of the most notable sights of the Alcazaba, they are called that because for a number of years they served as a chapel and the Parade Ground which was converted into an Arabic style garden. you can also find three courtyards as well as the Palace and an arch hallway which leads to one of the sixteenth-century towers and the Maldonado tower. The Alcazaba had 2.11 miles of buildings that were used for civilian use and 2.17 miles that was used for military purposes.

Brief History of Alcazaba of Malaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga was built on the ruins of a Roman Fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I, who was the first Emir of Cordoba, ruled between 756-780AD, the Alcazaba was originally used as a defensive fortress against pirates, due to its location overseeing the city down to the sea and across Africa.

The fortress was rebuilt by the Sultan of Granada, Badis Al-Ziri from 1057-1063AD, the walls were fortified which lead to connecting the Alcazaba to the neighbouring Castillo de Gibralfaro, over the Coracha ridge, were built in the 14th century by the Nasrid ruler Yusuf I, most of the inner palace was also refurbished, making it in to a Palace, it was used as a home to a number of Moorish Rulers.

The Alcazaba was left to decay for a number of centuries and only until 1933 when restoration work began, to this day the restoration is still in progress only two of its original three walls remain and three palaces as well as over 100 towers.

Alcazaba of Malaga
Amphitheater vor dem Alcazaba in Malaga photography credited to Flickr: Ronny Siegel

Contact Information

Telephone: +34 630 93 29 87 | Official Website | Facts About Alcazaba

Opening Hours

1st of April to 31st October

Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

1st of November to 31st of March

Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed on 1st of January, 28th of February and 25th of December.


Ticket Type Price
General €3.50
Alcazaba & Gibralfaro €5.50
Reduced €0.60
Audio Guide €5.00
Sunday after 2:00 PM Free Entry


  • Built 10th century- 15th century
  • Built by: Hammudid dynasty
  • Type: Palatial fortress
  • Open to the Public
  • Province: Province of Málaga

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Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2, 29012 Málaga, Spain | Coordinates: 36°43′17″N 4°24′56″W

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25 Interesting Facts About Malaga

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  1. Malaga is known as one of the World’s oldest cities, Malaga was founded in 770 BC by Phoenicians.

  2. The original name for Malaga is ‘Malaka’ which means ‘Factory’.

  3. During the 6th century, the city was ruled by Ancient Carthage.

  4. The Roman Empire conquered Malaga from the Islamic rule and the city was known as ‘Malaqah’ for 800 years.

  5. The Cristian forces conquered Malaga in 1487, what is known as the Reconquista, which means ‘reconquest’.

  6. Malaga received its coat of arms on August 30th, 1494, it was awarded by the Catholic Kings after the Conquest.

  7. The most famous person was born in Malaga was Artist Pablo Picasso and has his work displayed in Malaga.

  8. Famous Actor Antonio Banderas was also born in Malaga on the 10th of August 1960, Movies: the Mask of Zorro, Spy Kids and Voice of Puss in Boots in Shrek.

  9. Malaga only has 50 days of rain per year and 300 days of Sunshine, Annual Rainfall is 59.7 cm a year.

  10. The Malaga Subway clocks display 59 seconds and not 60 seconds, this is because they use the British style, where a second hand comes to the end and rather than continuing, pauses and then its the minute hand that marks this second, This type of system is used in British stations.

  11. Malaga’s English Cemetery was the first Protestant Cemetery in Spain built since 1821 and the most important.

  12. The first-ever Spanish person to walk around the globe by foot was Malaga citizen, Nacho Dean Mouliaá. the journey started on March 21st, 2013, and ended three years later in 2016.

  13. Malaga is the southernmost large city in Europe.

  14. Malaga is the sixth-largest city in Spain and the Second Largest city in the Autonomous community Andalusia.

  15. The highest temperature ever recorded in Malaga was 43.3 celsius.

  16. Every year over 6.5 million tourists visit the province of Malaga.

  17. Every year Malaga bullfighting season begins in April and Ends In September.

  18. If you’re born in Malaga, you’re a Boquerona, if female and Bonqueron (Anchovy), if your male.

  19. The People of Malaga are known as ‘Malagueños’.

  20. The street of Calle Larios is known as the most elegant street in Spain and is classed as one of the most expensive commercial rents streets in the country.

  21. The Largest Naval Battle in the War of the Spanish Succession on 24th of August 1704, known as the bottle of Malaga, the Naval battle took place in the Sea South of Malaga.

  22. Currently, the most important Business sectors in Malaga are Construction, Technology Services and Tourism.

  23. Malaga is the main economic and financial centre of southern Spain.

  24. Malaga town has the second-largest industrial port in Spain.

  25. Malaga Airport is the third-largest in Spain.

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