Surprisingly, when the weather turns hot, we long for shade and water. Many of our favourite sites include water in one form or another. It was a pleasure to discover this public oasis of peace and calm in Malaga’s city centre.
In climbing the hill and admiring the castles, we had encountered our fair share of glorious sunshine. On our return to the lower levels, it was delightful to discover our way back went through this beautifully laid out park. It was full, to our eyes, of exotic trees and shrubs and vibrant coloured flowers.
This pool, with its constantly moving middle, gave an illusion of stillness. A perfect place to stop, contemplate, reflect and renew our energy. Eventually, the little footbridge over the escaping streamlet encouraged us to explore further.
Being used, in Britain, to castles (& ruined castles) like Beaumaris, it was a serendipitous delight to discover the stunning interiors of the Alcazaba of Málaga. Whilst entering the walled defences of the castle I had no inkling of the treasure held within.
Home of the Moorish Governor of Granada until 1487, this courtyard garden forms part of the inner citadel. The beautiful Moorish architecture coupled with the use of still and running water created areas of cool peace and tranquillity; there were many places to pause and reflect a while.
It was well worth the effort to visit these lower buildings of the Gibralfaro castle. High enough to offer lovely views of the surrounding area and full of fragments of past elegance, I hope you too will get the chance to be charmed by this enchanting place.
These impressive battlements date back millennia. Started by the Phoenicians and then further developed by the Arabs, Gibralfaro has been defending Malaga in Spain for a long time. They are a huge, well-build and well-designed defence, created by intelligent and capable people. No ancient primitives here.
It’s a long climb up the hill from the city centre to get to them, but definitely worth the effort to walk where people have walked for thousands of years.