114. Castillo de Gibralfaro

Castillo de Gibralfaro is a castle located on a high hill near the Alcazaba, overlooking the city and the port.

From the Alcazaba, I took a 25minutes hike (with frequent stops) up a pretty demanding slope.

I decided to go the physical route instead of taking up a bus up because of these:

When you look at such a calm sea, have you ever wondered how it’ll be like to see, I don’t know… A fleet of ships of an invading army?

The views on the way up were absolutely stunning! Hey, no pain, no gain right? Besides, when I got tired, I could just stop for a photo or (literally) smell the flowers.

When I finally got to the castle (my ticket allowed me to enter both the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro), I was blown away by its massive structure.

Historical fact:

The castle is famous for its three-month siege by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, which ended only when hunger forced the Malagueños to surrender. Afterwards Ferdinand occupied the site, while his queen took up residence in the town. Interesting historic fact: this was the first conflict in which gunpowder was used by both sides.

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But if I were to be really honest, what absolutely knocked me off my feet was the view. I just couldn’t comprehend the extent of such majesty and beauty.

I was so captivated, I knew I had to capture it in more than static picture form so I took a video!

Here’s a video of absolutely majestic view taken from the peak of Castillo de Gibralfaro. One of the best views I’ve seen in my life – the city on one side, the snowcapped mountains on another and the aquamarine sea on yet the other. ♥

How can anyone not fall in love?
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