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The Alcazaba, a fortress, is one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, as is the case of the Vermilion Towers (Torres Bermejas). It is thought that before it was built and before the Muslims arrived in Granada, there were already several constructions in the same area. The first historical reference to the existence of the Alcazaba dates from the 9th century and it is believed that it was then built by Sawwar ben Hamdun during the fights between Muslims and muwalladins [Christians who converted to Islam and lived among the Muslims].
A day at The Alcazaba
Seeing the outer citadel, it is very recommended to start for the things to do here. The entrance is through a gateway called 'Puerta de la Boveda' (Vault Gate), but nowadays it can also be accessed by an elevator. The entrance gate doubles back on itself, a design intended to make progress difficult for attacking forces. The pathway winds up through gardens, with a number of elaborate fountains, passing the gateways of Puerta de las Columnas (Gate of the Columns), which reuses materials from the Roman ruins, and renamed Torre del Cristo (Tower of Christ) which turns at right angles to again impede the progress of attackers, The 'Torre del Cristo' once served as a chapel.
The inner citadel tour is also the recommended things to do here. It can only be accessed through the Puerta de los Cuartos de Granada (Gate of the Granada Quarters) which goes about as the protection for the western side of the royal residence. On the eastern side is the Torre del Homenaje (Tower of Tribute) which is in a semi-ruinous state. Inside the second divider is the Palace and some different homes which were based on three back to back Andalusian yards amid the eleventh, thirteenth and fourteenth hundreds of years. They incorporate the Cuartos de Granada (Quarters of Granada) which filled in as the home of the lords and governors.
Experiencing the fortress’s passage area will be the next things to do here, which is near the Plaza de Aduana and the Roman performance center in Calle Alcabazilla shapes some portion of the city dividers. You go through the Puerta de la Bóveda (Gate of the Vault), a run of the mill Moorish Puerta en recodo (a guarded palace entrance intended to postpone the entry of aggressors - in the wake of entering through a curve, they come up against a clear divider, and need to make a sharp swing to access the following piece of the stronghold). Somewhat higher up, you go through the Puerta de la Columnas (Gate of the Columns), which was fabricated utilizing Roman marble sections to hold up the Moorish horseshoe curves.
How to Get Tickets?
There are 3 types of tickets that the Alcazaba offer here. The first one is normal tickets for 3.50 euro, and then joint tickets of Alcazaba & Gibralfaro for 5.50 euro, reduced tickets specified for Malaga residents, children aged 6-16, and students for 0.60 euro. The Alcazaba also offers audio guide tickets for only 5 euro.
How To Get Around?
To get around and have a tour of the Alcazaba is best to go by foot. After paying tickets you will experience the citadel, the architecture and also the panorama provided there.
What Should I Wear?
There are no fixed dress codes to have a tour on the Alcazaba, just wear something comfortable for your tour here.
Best Time to Visit
Alcazaba's opening hours in the Summer start from 09.00 until 20.00 on 1st April to 31st October. When Winter comes the Alcazaba opening hours start from 09.00 to 18.00 on 1st November to 31st March, pay attention also that the Alcazaba last admission is half an hour before closing. The Alcazaba is also closed on 1 January, 28 February, and 25 December.
Will I Need a Guide?
It is very recommended for you to have a guide from the Alcazaba to accompany you in every attraction. Always remember to ask the fee or tickets for having a tour with the guide.
How To Get There?
Sadly, there is no immediate strolling course between the Alcazaba and its neighboring castle arranged further up the slope, the Gibralfaro, over the Coracha edge of land which joins the two palaces. From Plaza Aduana takes Calle Juan Temboury and pursue the way up the slope. Permit a decent 40 mins and take water in the mid year. There is a number 35 transport from inverse the town corridor on the adjacent Alamena.
A few zones, for example, the cells and the Patio del Aljibe (Courtyard of the Reservoir), and the Torre del Homenaje (Homage Tower) and unique Moorish residences, mosque, and showers are shut for reclamation (starting at 2011). There is a little archeological historical center, showing parts of Roman stoneware and statues of different locales around the region, including Lacipo (Casares) and Villa de Rio Verde, (Marbella). You can likewise observe Moorish pottery and different ancient rarities found on the site.