Gibralfaro Castle

Price guide: Budget

Camino Gibralfaro, Malaga, Costa del Sol, 29016

Price guide: Budget

View up the exterior wall
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By George Prior, your Malaga expert

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expert-rated things to do in Malaga
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Gibralfaro Castle

This is a historical gem set above the old city, offering wonderful views.

Surrounded by dense pines and eucalyptus trees, this castle – although in my opinion it’s more of a fortress - which sits atop a rocky outcrop, dominates the old centre’s skyline. In ancient times there was a Phoenician lighthouse on the site, but it’s probably best known for being the setting of a three month siege by the citizens of Malaga against the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, in the 14th century.

Today, there’s a small museum and you can wander around the castle for a small entrance fee. Although it’s a bit of a climb up some steep cobbled steps, I always reckon the views across the city and over the Mediterranean are worth it, especially at sunset.

Price advice: 

It costs 1.80 euros to get inside the castle itself, although you can admire the same views outside for free.

Expert tips: 
It’s free after 2pm on Sundays.
Catch the city tour bus from Plaza de la Merced if you don’t fancy the walk up.

More information on Gibralfaro Castle:

Price guide:
Castle / palace, Landmark / monument
Camino Gibralfaro, Malaga, Costa del Sol, 29016
+34 952 122 020
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 10am-8pm.

Have you been to Gibralfaro Castle? Would you recommended it?