Alcazaba (Calle Alcazabilla 8, Málaga) — the Alcazaba, in the center of Málaga’s historical district (and located above an ancient Roman theater), is an imposing edifice that was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and served as a fortress & palace (where the rulers of Moorish Málaga lived). It has a very irregular floor plan, with all its living quarters at different levels in order to conform to the terrain and concentrated within two walled compounds. The most notable sights in the first of these are the Arch of Christ, so called because for years it served as a chapel, and the Patio de Armas (Parade Ground), which like much of the premises has now been turned into an Arabic-style garden.
In the second compound, similarly walled and strongly defended, is found the palace zone, the most noble of all the areas and containing three courtyards. This place is most remarkable for its caliphal arch work that opens onto a hall by way of which one enters the sixteenth century tower and the Maldonado tower. This architectural complex was disused for a long time but was reclaimed in the 1930’s and shored up and beautified a decade ago. It is possible to get to the Alcazaba’s upper area by means of a lift on the south side of the hill on Guillén Sotelo Street, right behind the city hall. Admission: €3.50 per person. Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Winter), 9:00 am 8:00 pm (Summer)