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Last updated: 03 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

This well-preserved Moorish city fortress, built 11th century on a hill in the city centre, was used as a military installation right up until the 18th century. The complex includes an outer enclosure, and an inner enclosure that housed the palaces.

It’s connected by a walled corridor to the higher Castle of Gibralfaro, and adjacent to the entrance are the remains of a Roman theatre, dating back to the 1st century AD.

Price from: £3
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Entry to the Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro are free, and you can wander at leisure between them. Allow around 1.5 hours for each.

For an extra fee (around €10), it’s well worth joining one of the daily guided tours of the Alcazaba. Book online before you go.

When to do it

The Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro and open all year round, seven days a week.

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