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Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro) Tours and Activities

Gibralfaro Castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro)
Perched high up on Mont Gibralfaro, Castillo de Gibralfaro offers commanding views of the city of Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea. Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle is one of Malaga’s best-known sights and is featured on the city’s flag. 

The Basics
The Castillo de Gibralfaro was built by the Caliph of Cordoba to protect the nearby Alcazaba palace in 929 AD, in the days when the Moors of North Africa ruled over the Iberian peninsula. The castle was also, famously, the site of a 3-month-long siege by the so-called Catholic Monarchs—Ferdinand and Isabella—during the reconquest of Spain in 1487, when the Moors were forced out of the country.  

Today, you can walk the castle’s perimeter walls and get a true bird’s-eye view of the city from its grounds. The Castillo de Gibralfaro is a regular stop on Malaga city tours, and you can choose to visit by bus, segway, or electric bike or to come on foot. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must pay an entry fee to visit the castle.
  • If you choose to walk, be warned, the trek to the castle is a very steep climb; make sure you wear suitable shoes and carry water with you. 
  • With steps and steep, narrow paths, the castle is not suitable for wheelchairs. 
  • There’s a small cafe and bathrooms on site and a hotel next door with a bar and restaurant.
  • There’s no direct access from the castle to the Alcazaba. 
How to Get There
The Castillo de Gibralfaro is located on a hilltop on the edge of Malaga’s historic district. You can walk to the castle via Paseo Don Juan Temboury and Subida Coracha or drive up Camino Gibralfaro. You can also take the number 35 bus directly to the castle from the intersection of Paseo del Parque and Plaza de la Marina. Alternatively, visit on a hop-on-hop-off bus or as part of a guided tour that includes transportation.

When to Get There
Malaga boasts pleasant temperatures and sunshine all year round. The castle is open daily from mid-morning until evening (with extended hours in the summer) but is closed on major public holidays. If you’re going to walk up the hill, try not to head out in the hottest part of the day, especially during the summer. 

Visit Picasso’s Birthplace
Head to Plaza de la Merced—Malaga’s former market square—to visit the Picasso Birthplace Museum (Casa Natal Picasso), which is dedicated to the artist’s early life. The museum holds a number of personal artifacts from Picasso’s youth, including family photographs. If you want to see more of the artist’s works, head to the Picasso Museum (El Museo Picasso Málaga) which is roughly five minutes away by foot. 
Address: Camino Gibralfaro s/n,: Camino de Gibralfaro, 11, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
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The Best of Malaga in 2 Hours on a Segway

The Best of Malaga in 2 Hours on a Segway

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We start our guided tour from the Paseo del Parque, than through the "Palmeral de las Sorpresas” straight to Port of Malaga. Next stop of our Segway tour is at the Cathedral, also called "la Manquita" because they never finished constructing the South Tower. Than your private guide will take you to great Picasso Museum. After Pablo Ruiz Picasso birthplace, guide will take you to the Plaza de la Merced, an important square of Malaga. After Roman Amphitheatre, built by César Augusto, we will roll from the Monte de Gilbralfaro to the Parador Nacional. Our professional guide will tell all the history and you will enjoy the most amazing views of the coast of Malaga where you will take a lot of photos. We ride down with Segway back to the city and streets, roll up to the Plaza de Uncibay. We continue our journey through the Plaza de la Constitución to the famous Calle Larios, built in 19th century and now converted into the fifth shopping street more expensive in Spain.
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City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Malaga Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore the southern port city of Malaga on a hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a double decker bus and pass top attractions, including the Playa de la Malagueta, Plaza de Toros, and the Malaga Cathedral, known for its mysteriously unfinished south tower. Hop off to explore as many times as you like within 24 hours, and then rejoin the route at one of 14 stops evenly distributed throughout Malaga. Upgrade to include a guided walking tour with your ticket.
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Private Full-Day Tour to Malaga from Seville with Hotel pick up & drop off

Private Full-Day Tour to Malaga from Seville with Hotel pick up & drop off

Enjoy the services of your own luxury vehicle and private chauffeur on this customizable day trip to Malaga. Take in all the highlights of the history-packed Andalusian cultural hub, from ancient Phoenician ruins to the renowned Picasso Museum. You’ll have your own driver and transport at your disposal the whole day—plus an on-site tour guide—so you can set the sightseeing itinerary.
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Malaga (Shore excursion or hotel pick up)

Private 4-hour City Tour of Malaga (Shore excursion or hotel pick up)

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Design your own ideal day in Málaga with a private, half-day sightseeing tour led by a savvy local guide. Learn about the city’s rich history and many different periods of rule as you explore cultural and architectural highlights like the ancient Roman theater, St John’s Church, Plaza de la Merced and the Moorish Alcazaba. Your guide will customize the day’s itinerary to suit your preferences for a completely personalized and enlightening tour.
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Private Tour in Malaga.Electric Car Tour and visit to Gibralfaro Castle

Private Tour in Malaga.Electric Car Tour and visit to Gibralfaro Castle

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Get to know Malaga in a different, fun, safe and unique way with our guided tour by electric car! Driving yourself! Our local guide will accompany you at all times, who will go in another car and communicate through the audio system, and explain the main aspects of the route. During the Tour there will be several stops to enjoy the wonderful views that the city brings us and where you will be told a little about the history of Malaga. Cleaning and disinfection of cars is very important to us, it is done before and after each Tour. It is a very private tour because you will go with your companion in the same car, without crowds and in contact with few people. Live the Twizy experience, we are waiting for you! Important: Driver over 25 years old, with a valid driver's license, for the co-pilot from 3 years old.
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Highlights and Treasures of Malaga City Bike Tour

Highlights and Treasures of Malaga City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Málaga on a 3-hour bike tour of the city’s cultural highlights. Atop a bicycle, you’ll visit prominent attractions like Gibralfaro Castle, the Roman Theatre and the birthplace of Picasso, Casa Natal. Exert minimal energy as you follow a flat route to Atarazanas Central Market and learn off ancient Spanish traditions at bullring, Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. As you ride, you’ll listen to interesting commentary from your guide.
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Malaga: 3 hour historical segway tour

Malaga: 3 hour historical segway tour

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Discover sights of Malaga with guide on 3 hour historical segway tour. Explore the city in a comfortable and modern way. Begin the journey with the main shopping street - Calle Larius, visit old gothic cathedral, pass by Pablo Picasso Museum and learn about ancient Moorish fortress Alcazaba. Climb all the way up to the Gibralfaro Castle . Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and take photos. After a short break visit Plaza de Torros (bull fight arena) and glide along the seaside Malagueta. It is great place to enjoy segways to the fullest. Cruise along the Main City Avenue through the City Park to the Sea Square. Friendly and experienced guides share with you the most interesting historical facts along the way. This is a great tour if you want to see not only the most famous places but also local sights of interest. Dont' hesitate , give it a go!
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Malaga with entrance to the Cathedral

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Malaga with entrance to the Cathedral

Exploring Malaga on a private walking tour is great way for first-time visitors to get an overview of all the city has to offer. Your guide gives you a local perspective on key attractions such as the Malaga Cathedral and Plaza de la Merced—something you can't get on your own. Because this tour is private, you have plenty of chances to chat with your guide and ask questions and can move through the tour at a pace that's comfortable for you.
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Malaga E-Bike Tour: Botanical Garden, Natural Park and Port of Malaga

Malaga E-Bike Tour: Botanical Garden, Natural Park and Port of Malaga

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Very small group size make this tour a fantastic and personal experience! E-bike tour to the scenery back side of Malaga! Climbing surroundings of Malaga on our E-Bikes makes this bike tour one of your best Malaga experience. We will take you to the places which are not reachable by transport but on our E-Bikes as Montes de Malaga National Park. Discover with us also the hidden jam - the Limonero Lake on the top of Malaga City. See the Andalusian way of life in closest village. Pass thru tunnels, forrest and have a down rock-n-roll drive going back to the city. Climb to Gibralfaro Castle and see again Malaga from the TOP!
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1 Hour Malaga Panoramic Segway Tour

1 Hour Malaga Panoramic Segway Tour

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We will start our guided tour from Calle Larios, built in century 19th by the family of the same name and converted today into the fifth most expansive shopping street in Spain. Than through Plaza de la Constitución we will slide by our original segways to Plaza de Uncibay. Your guide is going to take you to the Alcazaba, palatial fortification of the Muslim period at the foot of the Monte Gibralfaro, and allow ourselves to be seduced by the story and the beautiful views of the Bay of Malaga. After we reach Roman Amphitheatre, built by César Augusto. Also we can see the birthplace of Picasso, which Foundation promotes since the end of the 90's. Will roll through the Plaza de la Merced, observing all the perspectives of the neoclassical Obelisk that stands in the middle as a tribute to General Torrijos. Picasso Museum, the old Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista
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The Best of Malaga Walking Tour

The Best of Malaga Walking Tour

Planning a trip to Malaga? Which are the must-visit sights in Malaga? Which church is called ‘La Manquita’? Is it possible to enter to Alcazaba Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle? Why Malaga have a Roman Theatre? Is Malaga under the Islamic Rule? Is the Winter cold in Malaga? Get ready to bump into many squares, each of them with its own story. Malaga’s city sights will surely win your heart with its rich history, architecture and amazing photo opportunities. You have the chance to discover the birthplace of many renowned personalities such as Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas, and its lavish range of wonderful landmarks. Get ready to experience Malaga from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about the fantastic Malaga.
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Architectural Walk of Malaga with a Local

Architectural Walk of Malaga with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the most impressive buildings in Malaga and learn about the history behind each of those historical buildings and structures in this invigorating architectural walk! Join me on this adventure to discover the beauty and history of Malaga's most significant buildings and find out a bit more about the local culture from my perspective! During this walk, you will become better acquainted with the local architecture and at the same time, you will learn how it has changed over the years with the city becoming more contemporary while still retaining its unique character. From the conveniently located hilltop viewpoints that are included in our Experience, you will also get to see Malaga's historical bullring and the contemporary multi-colored glass cube Pompidou Centre along with Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the seaside!
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Walking Tour of Malaga with entrance to Picasso and or Thyssen Museums

Walking Tour of Malaga with entrance to Picasso and or Thyssen Museums

Enjoy this completely private 4-hour tour of Málaga and explore the city’s most museums with your private tour guide. The Picasso museum, inaugurated in 2003 by the King and Queen of Spain, gave Malaga a kickstart to its growing cultural interest, and in 2011, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the most famous art collectors, decided to open a museum in Malaga as well due to the high cultural interest of the city and it's visitors.
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Historical Walk through Malaga with a Local

Historical Walk through Malaga with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Malaga with a passionate local who wants to share all the best kept secrets of Malaga with you! Our excursion will start by the University of Malaga and take us on a winding stroll through the heart of the city! You will learn about the various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From getting to know the iconic Cathedral of Malaga to discovering the history of Alcazaba and of Castillo Gibralfaro, you will also encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won't show you! We know that travelling is the best way of learning, and having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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Malaga: E-Bike 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Malaga: E-Bike 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore Malaga on our comfortable e-bikes! We will show you the most exciting sights of our hospitable city. Discover it with full comfort even in hills and with a smile on your face!
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Express tour of Malaga by electric tuk-tuk

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Express tour of Malaga by electric tuk-tuk

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Eco Tuk Tuk offers you a 60 minute trip through the city of Malaga. A contact with this city on the Costa del Sol, known for its mix of ancient history, folklore and modern culture. It is a perfect way to get an idea of everything you can enjoy in the city on your travel days. And also the best possible photo tour for the traveler. Make your stay in Malaga an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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Welcome tour to Malaga by electric tuk-tuk

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Welcome tour to Malaga by electric tuk-tuk

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120 minutes of fun on one of the most complete tours of the city of Malaga. With Eco Tuk Tuk we will not only take you through the most tourist sites, but we will also discover those places that not everyone gets to know, and that make Malaga one of the most special cities in Spain. Discover Malaga like you have never seen before in the comfort of an electric tuk-tuk and with the guides who know the city so you don't miss any detail. Make your stay in Malaga an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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Malaga expert tour by electric tuk-tuk

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Malaga expert tour by electric tuk-tuk

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Discover Malaga in the most comfortable and fun way with this 180-minute tour in Eco Tuk Tuk. Do not leave anything to see in this great city, meet in a single trip the mixture of ancient history, folklore and modern culture. Ask our guides to explain the city to you and to take the best photographs you will take on the trip. Make your stay in Malaga an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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Malaga Old Town private walking and tapas tasting tour

Malaga Old Town private walking and tapas tasting tour

This is the ideal tour for first-time visitors and for those with limited time to explore Malaga. You will visit the main attractions and learn about the history of this ancient city. And of course, there's no better way to delve into a new culture than by tasting the local cuisine - world-famous tapas, traditionally served with beer or wine. Meet your guide at the exit of Cruise Ship Port of Malaga or in the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Malaga. The tour route will depend on where you meet with the guide. You will wander around the central area of Malaga and pass by the historical monuments including the Cathedral, Gibralfaro Castle Roman Amphitheatre, Alcazaba, the Picasso Museum, and his place of Birth and many other main sights. During the tour, you will have time to enjoy traditional Spanish tapas and some Spanish wine in the city center. At the end of the tour you and your guide will return to the place where the tour starts or to another place that you need.
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Malaga Shore Excursion: Small-group scenic & walking tour

Malaga Shore Excursion: Small-group scenic & walking tour

See the fascinating and cultural side of Malaga on this 2.5 hours small group shore excursion starting from the cruise terminal. This shore excursion is limited to 20 guests. Meet your guide and board your A/C minicoach to start a scenic tour of Malaga covering the most significants landmarks as well as giving you a general introduction about the city eventful past. From the comfort of your seat see the Light House, La Alameda del Parque and more. After escaping the buzzing streets of Malaga, you will head right to the very top of the hills and reach the Gibralfaro castle a fortress that boasts spectacular views of the Andalusian town and its surroundings. Strech your legs and commence a tour of the city center. See the busy Larrios street, the Alcazaba, the Roman Theater, the Central Market, Picasso birth place, the Cathedral and more iconic landmarks with you expert guide.
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Malaga Shore Excursion: Small group walking & scenic tour

Malaga Shore Excursion: Small group walking & scenic tour

Explore the fascinating city of Malaga on this 2.5-hours excursion designed for a small group. Discover its glorious past and enjoy the vibrant culture of Picasso’s birthplace. Start at the cruise terminal and board your private minibus for a 45 mn scenic tour.Admire La Farola, the magnificent lighthouse built in 1837. As we reach El Limonar district, pay attention to the lovely mansions. Experience stunning views at the Gibralfaro Castle built in the 10th century. Appreciate the Baroque and Rococo style of the Basilica Santa Maria de la Victoria. Its time to immerse in the historical city quarter. Follow the steps of Picasso and glance at his native house. Marvel at the Mudéjar style of the façade of the Santiago Church. Uncover the Roman Theatre dating from the 1st century AD.The pinnacle of your excursion is the sumptuous Cathedral of Malaga and its amazing 84 meters-tall tower. Finish with an outdoor visit of the Alcazaba, the impressive Moorish palace and enjoy some free-time.
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Malaga Shore Excursion: Malaga highlights & Marbella small-group

Malaga Shore Excursion: Malaga highlights & Marbella small-group

Explore two amazing cities on this 5-hours scenic tour. Treat yourself to a guided visit of the hidden gems of Malaga and Marbella. Start your tour of Malaga with a visit of the Malagueta Beach. It’s now time to admire the architectural masterpiece mansions in El Limonar district. Follow up with a stop at the Parador de Gibralfaro to enjoy dazzling views of the city. As we exit bustling Malaga on our way to Marbella, appreciate the beautiful scenery. We will first stroll in the Old Town, an area of white-washed houses and lovely flower-filled streets. The pinnacle of your visit is the Plaza of the Orange Trees. Don’t miss the City Hall, the House of the Magistrate and the Chapel of Saint James. Have an unforgettable experience at the Mar Avenue, a modern square close to the Seafront Promenade where you’ll marvel at the amazing collection of Salvador Dali sculptures. Dive into the past of the city by visiting the Great Church of the Incarnation before enjoying some free time.
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Private 9-hour Shore Excursion from Motril Cruise Port to Malaga

Private 9-hour Shore Excursion from Motril Cruise Port to Malaga

Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Málaga and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know Malaga in this experience with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur for the whole tour. We will pick you up from Motril Cruise Port at your disembarkation time. Malaga is a municipality of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, it lies on the “Costa del Sol” of the mediterranean sea, at 94.6 kilometers from the city of Motril. Malaga is one of the largest cities in Andalusia, it has beautiful beaches and coastal areas that make it the perfect place to spend your holidays. This private trip has a duration of 9 hours from the moment of pick-up and drop off in Motril Cruise Port.
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Private 5 days in Malaga - Private tours and arrival and departure transfer

Private 5 days in Malaga - Private tours and arrival and departure transfer

For this 5 day experience, enjoy completely private services. Get to know the best of Malaga, Ronda, and Cordoba with these completely private services. Day 1: Private arrival transfer. Pick up from airport in Malaga and drop off to hotel in Malaga. Day 2: Private 4 hour tour of Malaga with chauffeur and separate official tour guide. Day 3: Private tour of 8 hours to Ronda from Malaga. Official tour guide in Ronda for 3 hours. A driver will take you to Ronda from Malaga and your guide will meet you in Ronda for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 4: Private 8 hour tour to Cordoba from Malaga. Official tour guide in Cordoba for 3 hours. Entrance tickets to Mosque/Cathedral included. A driver will take you to Cordoba from Malaga and your guide will meet you in Cordoba for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 5: Private departure transfer This tour can be shorter or longer days taking into account the given services. Contact at time of booking for changes.
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