Castle of Gibralfaro with kids
The castle of Gibralfaro is a great day tour with kids. It is located in the center of Malaga on a 130 m. high hill overlooking the entire city and port. It dates back to the 14th century and it housed troops and protected the Alcazaba. The castle was named after a lighthouse at its peak. It was considered the most impregnable fortress on the Iberian peninsula for a time. It has two lines of walls and eight towers. The castle has a Interpretation Centre, where you can discover the history of the castle through the lives of its inhabitants.
How to get there
There are 3 ways to get to the castle. You can either walk on the steep stone-paved path up the hill to the castle. You can drive to the parking lot at the top of the hill. Or you can take a local bus to the top parking lot. If you choose to walk be aware that the path is so steep and slippery. I would not recommend bringing a stroller. Smaller kids will not be able to walk because of the distance uphill. So are you bringing smaller children it is either a local bus or a car/taxi to the parking lot at the top of the hill.
The castle in itself is not all that spetacular, but the view is. Both you and your children will love the view. From the top of the hill you can see the bulfighter arena, the port, the old city with its beautiful cathedral and much more. You can walk on the old castle walls and enjoy the 360 degrees view of Malaga.
There is a little bar within the castle, where you can buy cold drinks and enjoy the beauty of the site. Next to the bar you will find toilets.
If you bring smaller kids be aware:
- That this is a site, where you want to leave your stroller at home.
- Take a bus or taxi to the top parking lot.
- Hold your kids hands when you climp the walls of the castle. It is possible to fall down.
- You might want to bring some kidfriendly snacks, the bar only sells beers and crisps.