The Alcazaba in Malaga is the best preserved Moorish fortress in Spain. It was the palace of the city governors. Building started in the 8th century but most of the construction took place during the 11th century. It’s a really interesting Malaga attraction with wonderful views over the city. I visited on a Sunday afternoon after 2pm when it was free to enter. However, the standard admission fee is around 3 Euro, which is excellent value for money.
There is a lift up to the Alcazaba but it was out of order on the day I visited. I wasn’t planning on using it anyway. The ascent isn’t that steep but it’s on an uneven cobbled path. I took the turning to the right which offered scenic views over the city.
View to City Hall and Malaga port from Alcazaba
View towards Malaga Bullring
I then doubled back and took the path up to the left which led me to a rose garden.
Rose Garden at the Alcazaba Malaga
Then it was upwards again.
Archway on path at Alcazaba
Bath water feature at Alcazaba
At the next level there was another garden and public toilets.
Fountain at Alcazaba
A large wedding party appeared and they stared taking photos in this garden. It was fun to watch but a bit annoying, as I’d found a shady corner to check my own photos and had to move so as not to be in the wedding shots.
The bride and groom pose at the Alcazaba
From the wall at the back of this garden you can see over to the mountains and Malaga Cathedral.
View towards mountains from the Alcazaba
View towards Malaga Cathedral from Alcazaba
Intricate archways at Alcazaba
Pool at Alcazaba
Malaga is an underrated short break destination, with plenty to keep you occupied for 2 – 3 nights. If you’re looking for a cheap city break, there’s a wide choice of low cost airlines flying to Malaga and you can find good Malaga budget hotels from under £50 a night for a double room.