Discovering the 1000-year-old Moorish palace Alcazaba of Málaga

Discovering the 1000-year-old Moorish palace Alcazaba of Málaga
I’m usually quite longwinded when I express myself here and in an effort to circumvent that, I will try to write in the style of an eloquent 12-year-old (or Hemingway). Málaga is a Spanish city located near Gibraltar and North Africa. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world.

Picasso was born here and so was the actor Antonio Banderas. The city resembles Paris at times, with narrow streets and alleys. Málaga has a 1000-year-old palace built by the Moors; the most well-preserved of its kind in Spain.

Discovering the 1000-year-old Moorish palace Alcazaba of Málaga

On my third day in Málaga, I decided to discover the Alcazaba (from the Arabic al-qasbah, meaning “citadel”). When I was little I thought it was completely magical to explore old fortresses, fortifications and castles while imagining what life there might’ve been like.

I almost felt the same way walking around in the huge Alcazaba of Málaga. I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail and the huge scope of the fortification. The palace must have been heavenly in its heyday and I can only imagine the beauty of the Alhambra in the nearby city of Granada. I would give anything for a time-machine. As a bonus, there’s a Roman amphitheatre dating to the 1st century BC in front of the entrance to the palace. If you’re in Málaga for the first time, this is an excellent place to start.