The Alcazaba of Malaga is one of the most important monuments in the city and we recommend visiting and exploring calmly for stays of more than one day in Malaga.
It is located in the historic center of Malaga, on Calle Alcazabilla, and has at its feet another key historical monument in the history of the city: the Roman theater of Malaga.
It is highly recommended to visit both places, so that we delve into the history of Malaga, which starts from the Phoenicians, through the Romans (the theater was built in the 1st century BC) and later reaches the Muslim era, with the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle.
Brief history of the Alcazaba of Malaga.
Built between 1057 and 1063, the Alcazaba of Malaga is a fortress palace from the Muslim era, built on a previous fortification of Phoenician-Punic origin.
It is located at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro, which houses the castle of the same name. It consisted of 110 main towers and some minor ones, highlighting the Torre del Homenaje.
Of the 15,000 square meters of interior space that are currently preserved, 3,478 are constructions that could be classified as civil, 3,516 are military buildings and the rest is unbuilt surface.
Its main characteristic is the three concentric walls that surround it, giving it a maximum security military character among other similar constructions in Muslim Spain.
At the foot of the Alcazaba of Malaga is the Roman Theatre, from the 1st century BC, but “rediscovered” in 1951.
Opening hours, prices and tickets of the Roman Theater.
In case you want to visit the Roman Theater and make your visit to the Alcazaba more complete, here you have all the necessary information.
- Address Roman Theater of Malaga: Calle Alcazabilla, 8
- Admission to the Roman Theater is free.
Timetables of the Roman Theater of Malaga.
- From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Closed Monday.
Opening hours, prices and tickets of the Alcazaba.
- Address of the Alcazaba of Malaga: Calle Alcazabilla, 2.
Opening hours of the Alcazaba of Malaga
- Summer: from April 1 to October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Winter: from November 1 to March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- The Alcazaba opens 365 days.
I recommend visiting early morning, because there will be less crowds, and avoiding the central hours of the day, because as there are many open areas, the heat will be very noticeable.
- It is important to note that the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle are not connected, they are different entrances.
- Check the Gibralfaro Castle page for more information.
Price, tickets entrance to the Alcazaba of Malaga 2022-2023.
Alcazaba Malaga tickets.
Tickets to the Alcazaba of Malaga can be purchased in 3 ways:
- Box office at the entrance of the monument.
- In the vending machines at the entrance.
- The new ticket vending machines are now available, which greatly speeds up entry to the Alcazaba.
- Online on the official website of the Alcazaba.
- Online sales are now available to buy tickets for the Alcazaba of Malaga, the Gibralfaro Castle or both.
Price Alcazaba Malaga.
- General admission to the Alcazaba: €3.50
- Ticket with audio guide: €5.
- Groups (valid for groups of more than 10 people):
- Alcazaba or Gibralfaro Castle: €2.50.
- Alcazaba + Gibralfaro: €4.
It is possible to purchase a combined ticket to visit the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle for €5.50. This is my recommendation.
- Alcazaba-Gibralfaro combined visit: €5.50
- Reduced price Alcazaba (*): €1.5
- School price to visit the Alcazaba: €2
- School fee to visit the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro: €3.50
(*) Unemployed, people with reduced mobility, student card holders, retirees or pensioners and large families.
Free entry to the Alcazaba of Malaga.
Free visit to the Alcazaba every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. and until its closure.
On designated dates:
- 28-February: day of Andalusia.
- May-18: International Museum Day
- September-27: International Tourism Day.
- European Heritage Days.
The elevator of the Alcazaba of Malaga.
One option to go up to the Alcazaba is to take the elevator located at the bottom, more specifically on Guillén Sotelo street. Closed on Mondays!
Only cash payment is accepted and the access ticket must be purchased at the vending machines.
In this way, we will do the route in reverse, ending at the foot of the Roman theater of Malaga.