Castillo de Gibralfaro
Castillo de Gibralfaro
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  • Patricia W
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, free on Sundays
    Nice fortress to visit - nice way to spend a few hours in Malaga. You get great vintage points for nice family photos. Buy your tickets directly on site in case your plans change as there are no changes or refunds allowed when purchased online. Also, it is free on Sundays.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Joshua Headlam Charles
    London, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love it! Breathtaking views — don’t miss out!
    I loved visiting the Castle. Me and my family had amazing times there. Yes, it will take you some time (around 50 minutes) to walk up, especially if you enjoy taking photos and are captivated by the views while you ascend. However, that time is well worth it due to the breathtaking panoramic views of southerly and westerly parts of Málaga that you get on the first observation deck. Also, at the top of the castle, there are 180-degree panoramic views of the west, the north, and the east of and outside Málaga at the top of the castle. Finally, you can experience glorious views of the mountains north of Málaga and the exhibition (even though it’s only in Spanish) really provides you with a compelling insight of the history of the castle. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is on holiday in Málaga!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Elga K
    Brisbane, Australia19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ruins of Moorish castle with great views
    The ruins of this Moorish castle interesting, with great views. The path leading to it was a steady uphill and utterly exhausting. Inexpensive to enter (2.50 euro for this Castillo and the Alhambra for seniors) but a hug hassle to get the ticket electronically at the site. Probably better to buy at the Alhambra.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Damien S
    Adelaide, Australia6,124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep Climb for Amazing Views
    Get ready for a nice steep walk, you will need good walking shoes and a bottle of water. Once you are at the too there are amazing views of the city and a nice cafe for lunch, toilet and a small museum. We’ll work the hike / walk up the hill. There is also a bus you can pay for to take you to the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • PaulB
    Maastricht, The Netherlands3,151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Climb.
    The castle is located on top of Mount Gibralfaro from where you have a beautiful view over the harbor and the coast of Malaga. It;s quite a climb uphill (approx. 130 m) or you can take the public bus to there from downtown Malaga. The Castillo de Gibralfaro is located above the Alcazabaand was originally a Phoenician fortress, which was converted into an Arab castle in the 14th century.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Chris Barr
    Darlington, United Kingdom789 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take A Taxi
    I took a taxi up to the entrance and looking at the state of the people that had walked up it was the correct decision, it is hard enough walking down so I would recommend a cab. The ticket machine are easy to use and I got the combined ticket that also included the Alkazar, the castle itself is not that impressive but what is spectacular is the view. From here you have a view that covers the whole city and it was worth the visit just for that, there are toilet facilities and a cafe I would recommend strong walking shoes or boots as there is a lot of walking.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Steuart L
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    High Point of the City
    The long walk up from the city was worth it for the views on the way alone. It is quire steep in places so not for those with limited mobility. (The 35 bus also takes you up there.). The castle is extensive and although it doesn’t have the architecture of the Alcazaba it is definitely worth a visit. The ramparts and walls are extensive and offer great views over the city, coast and inland too. There is an excellent bar with a terrace offering a range of hot and cold drinks and snack with seats in the shade or the sun. A combined ticket for the Alcazaba too was €11 for two adults.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Desislava Andreeva
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s worth the climb to see those views
    It takes time to get up there, but it is worth it every step. You can purchase a combo ticket for the castle and Alcazaba for E5.50. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and have bottle of water on the go. The castle is gorgeous and provides the best view to the port and surrounding area. There are toilets and cafe. It took us about 2 hours to explore everywhere.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
  • Kjellaug T
    Sandnes, Norway327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking view
    The Gibralfaro castle and fortification was amazing. For me a bit of a struggle to walk up the hill and stairs, but well worth it when I finally arrived. Actually well worth the stops to get there too, as they all had a different view. Walking on the old castle walls was scary and breathtaking.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Maeuschen2013
    Winkfield, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ecxerice with a view
    Interesting history and lovely view to be enjoyed on sunny dry day. Be prepared to walk. The other alternative is to take the nr 35 bus to the top or do the electric bike tour. We also enjoyed a drink on the summit. Entry from € 3.50 a person for 1 site or 2 for €5. Sundays after 14h00 the entry is free.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
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David D
Devon, UK25,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Thursday 18th April and we visited this hilltop Fortress which overlooks the City of Malaga.

It is possible to drive, take a bus or a taxi up to the Fortress, however we took the the more strenuous option and we walked up. We arrived at the Castilio by walking up a series of steps and along a zig-zag pathway.

On journey began when we joined the small twisting pathway, Subida Coracha off the road Pl Jesus el Rico. We wound our way up the the hill to the Castle on the top. Along the way there were a number of street vendors, with their goods spread along the pathway. We also encountered a guy playing his guitar, expecting some financial reward. There was also a guy selling bottles of water at twice the price of the cafe in the Castle.

Standing at one hundred and thirty metres (four hundred and thirty feet) above sea level, the Castle, provides views across the City and surrounding Vélez Valley.

We did stop at a number of Miradors, viewing points, on the way, the higher we got the better the views of the City, including the Bullring. The most notable one was Mirador de la Coracha.

Visitors can purchase a dual ticket which includes entrance to Castilio Gibralfaro and Alcazaba. We opted only to visited the Castle, the entrance fee, a reduced rate for seniors, €1.50 each.

On entering the ruins of the castle we clambered along ramparts, battlements, climbed up and down steps, entered lookout posts, small restored rooms and chambers.

We also visited features such as Torre Blanca and Torre Del Homenaje. All the time enjoying the views from this historic old building.

There is also a bar/restaurant. La Terrazita de Gibralfaro.

We walked back down in to the City by a different pathway which took us through the beautiful gardens, Jardines de Puerta Oscura
Written 9 June 2024
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EB B
Mijas, Spain5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing for the entry price. All it is is walls, nothing else. Good views admittedly. I was more impressed with the squirrels running around and up and down the trees.
Written 3 June 2024
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Michael B
Prestwick, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The views were amazing. I got a taxi to the top then walked around here taking in the views before walking down the path to the next place - you can buy a ticket that gives access to both.

I definitely recommend visiting for the views alone.
Written 29 May 2024
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DJDSouthend
Chelmsford, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great fortress with an interesting history. We walked up from the Alcazaba, and it is quite steep. If you have problems, it is served by a bus from the town. Nice cafe and amenities. We walked round in the morning, and it became quite busy near lunchtime. The views from the battlements over the harbour and town were spectacular.
Written 10 May 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,458 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Not as large as the Alcazar palace and on a separate ticket but you can buy a combined ticket which is valid for 48 hours. Has a long steep walk upto it. It has a bar/cafe for refreshments. There is very little shelter in the rain. Fantastic views from the top.
Written 5 May 2024
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juliethetraveller123
Greater Manchester, UK240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The views are the city and port from the castle are superb. We bought the combined ticket which enabled to visit the Alcazaba at the bottom of the hill then the castle the next day (valid for 48hrs). There were nut sellers and dark brown squirrels adding to our entertainment. The museum space at the top was OK. The audioguide was helpful bringing the castle to life.
Written 20 April 2024
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markdeb
Madrid, Spain179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We’ll worth it but a very, very long steep winding hill to the entrance. Amazing value for money as we brought the combination ticket for this and Alcazabar for 5.5 euros each. Had toilets and a small cafe as well which was very welcome. Great views from every corner of the castle.
Written 2 April 2024
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The climb up is steep but with smooth pavers and plenty of spots to rest. The view can’t be beat- absolutely stunning and well worth the climb. Do go early as the crowds increase as the day goes on.
Written 2 April 2024
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CeilingsPA
Lansdale, PA773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went around 10-30 am and it was fairly quiet, yes it is a climb up the hill and many steps inside, however it has some great views and very inexpensive.
Written 2 April 2024
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Cheryl C
Greater Manchester, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The walk up to the castle is definitely worth the effort. It is a steep hill but the path is in good condition and there are lots of viewing points on the way. The entry fee was reasonable and well organised. The views of the city and the waterfront are amazing (even in the rain).
Written 1 April 2024
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