This Castle, built in the 14th century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba, is today one of the most visited monuments in Málaga. From its walls, visitors get spectacular views of the city and you can visit the Interpretation Centre to discover the site's history. It was named after a lighthouse at its peak (Jabal-Faruk, the light mountain). Although it was used by the Phoenicians and Romans, in 1340 the Nasrid King Yusuf I made the place into a fortress.
Historical tour at El Castillo de Gibralfaro
1. The Upper part of El Castillo de Gibralfaro
The first things to do here is to go up and experience the The Upper part of El Castillo de Gibralfaro. The upper part is called the main courtyard and houses the Interpretation Centre where you can discover the history of the castle through the lives of its inhabitants. You will find the Main Tower (Torre Mayor), 17 metres high, the Phoenician well and the baths in this section. The Airón well was dug in solid rock to a depth of 40 meters.
2. The Lower Part of El Castillo de Gibralfaro
After going up, just directly go down and make experiencing The Lower Part of El Castillo de Gibralfaro as your next things to do here. The lower part, or courtyard, held the troop barracks and stables. The watchtower or White Tower (Torre Blanca), facing the North East, is one of the most visible ones and inside you will find a water tank, auxiliary buildings, and storerooms.
3. The Military Museum
There is also a military museum, which make the next recommended things to do here. The Military Museum includes a small scale model of the entire castle complex and the lower residence, the Alcazaba. The best way to reach the castle on foot is via the attractive Paseo Don Juan de Temboury, to the south of the Alcazaba. From here a path winds pleasantly (and steeply) through lushly gardened terraces with viewpoints over the city. Alternatively, you can drive up the Camino de Gibralfaro or take bus 35 from Avenida de Cervantes.
How to Get Tickets?
There are 2 types of tickets that the El Castillo de Gibralfaro offer here. The normal tickets cost 2.20 euros and the joint tickets for Alcazaba & Gibralfaro will cost you 3.55 euros. El Castillo de Gibralfaro also offers free entry on Sundays after 2 pm.
How To Get Around?
To get around and have a tour of the El Castillo de Gibralfaro is best to go by foot. After paying tickets you will experience the collections, the exhibition and also the architecture provided there.
What Should I Wear?
There are no fixed dress codes to have a tour on the El Castillo de Gibralfaro, just wear something comfortable for your tour here.
Best Time to Visit
El Castillo de Gibralfaro's opening hours start from Monday to Sunday. Summer opening time starts at 9.00 until 20.00 which is on 1 June until 30 September. Winter opening time starts at 9.00 until 18.00 which comes on 1 October until 31 May. The castle is also closed every 1 January, 28 February and 25 December.
Will I Need a Guide?
It is very recommended for you to have a guide from the El Castillo de Gibralfaro to accompany you in every attraction. Always remember to ask the fees or tickets for having a tour with the guide.
How To Get There?
There are three different ways to achieve the entrance of the palace. One is from the Alcazaba: stroll up Paseo de Don Juan Temboury from close to the Alcazaba entrance. This pursues the castle external divider and joins a cobbled way, which follows the slope's forms and goes through the pine trees on the Coracha. Take a water of bottle, as there is no stops until top. Another route is to hike which lead up from the Plaza del General Torrijos at the east end of the Alhameda Gardens to join the cobbled way. The third route is to take a taxi or the Tourist Bus which utilize the street around the back of the slope.
The most noticeable stays of this notable landmark are the strong defenses which rise magnificently from thick woods of pine and eucalyptus; inside the post itself you will discover a few structures and patios, reminiscent of those in the Alhambra. At a certain point, you can get a decent view down into the La Malagueta bullring - a few guests wait for a free perspective of the bullfight. These dividers make a fun, intriguing and beautiful walk, and for the most part you will have it to yourself, as there aren't numerous travelers about. One suggestion, to enjoy the views and have a walk, but without too much strenuous uphill climbing, is to take a bus or taxi up to the castle, and walk back down. If you prefer to stay the night to take in the stunning views, or you want to have a drink or meal on the terrace, the Parador Hotel Gibralfaro is conveniently located near the entrance.