alcazaba, malaga

Alcazaba in the back of the Teatro Romano

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Entrance to the Alcazaba gardens

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Just like that, another one bites the dust! We have said goodbye to 2014 in grand fashion here in Malaga. Yesterday was the last day that the festive lights were lit, so we headed to the center for one last look. It’s been wicked cold for the past 3 weeks or so here. We dressed warmly and headed out to first to visit the Alcazaba, which has free entry on Sundays from 2-6Pm. We stopped for some tapas at the Plaza De La Merced, and got chatting with an Italian guy, so it was quite some time before we made our way to the Teatro Romano, and the Alcazaba, which is directly behind it.

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The Alcazaba in Malaga. Originally built under the Muslim rule like so many others across Spain.

Hobbits live here, but l think these were the lock ups for the maidens

Hobbits live here, but l think these were the lock ups for the maidens

As said previously, the Roman theatre was discovered about 60 years ago in Malaga, and it is a source of pride for the Malaguenos. It dates back to the first century, during the days of  Caesar Augustus. We were running late, and quickly headed for the Alcazaba. Luckily, there wasn’t a line, so off we went. The Alcazaba used to be a military fortress (Citadel) that was built by the Arabic people in the eleventh century. There are three palaces inside it, as well as dungeons where they used to keep the Christian maidens to “rest after their services”. I can’t even begin to imagine what that means, let’s all let our imaginations run wild :-)

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See how low l still am compared to the top?

The Plaza de Toro in the background. We'll do the other half at a later time :-)

The Plaza de Toro in the background. We’ll do the other half at a later time :-)

 

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Expansive views..really lovely

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Unfortunately, we did not get to the top before the place closed :-( . I say that as l would have liked to think l would have made it. Truth be told, l was tired! We made it level 9 (Granada Court) of the gardens, and it looked like we were only halfway..yikes! There are several defense towers and double walls. It is definitely a great place to spend the afternoon and is quite impressive.. The higher you go, the more spectacular the view. There are so many places to sit, relax, read a book or do some canoodling as we saw many a couple doing. It was also nice to sit on the benches, people watch and laugh my butt off at the girls in like 6 inch heels navigating the cobble stones and a few falling on their keisters :-). The day turned out to be gorgeous, like 70 degrees, people were sunbathing, and so many of us were frying in our sweaters and coats!

Bird in hand! Get it???? ;-)

Bird in hand! Get it???? ;-)

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That's all she wrote, last night of the lights till next holiday season

That’s all she wrote, last night of the lights till next holiday season

At some point, we intend to go back and get to the top, either by walking (yeah..right..) or by taking a bus that goes up there every so often. Most people take a cab up. It really isn’t for the faint at heart. I’m excited because l want to see all the Arabian influenced artwork and mosaic tiles. It is the distant, little baby sister of the Alhambra, but we’ll take it!

Would you care to visit Alcazaba if you made it to Malaga? or would you prefer the challenge of the Alhambra? which is even more humongous? Perhaps you are a daredevil who would do both, after all, Granada is just about 90 minutes from here!