This mini-Alhambra, with its horseshoe arches and geometric Islamic decoration, was the palace-fortress of the city's Moorish rulers. It was built mostly in the 11th century, hugging the hillside with beautiful terraced gardens (best viewed from the fountain on Paseo del Parque) and a Roman amphitheatre below. The interior has an archaeological museum and the upper levels offer fine views.
Things to see in Málaga
Municipal Tourist Office
Avenida Cervantes 1, just off Paseo del Parque
Tel: (95) 213 4730.
There is another office by the port entrance, Plaza de la Marina 11 (tel: (95) 212 2020). Several more information kiosks dotted around the city, including at the airport and bus station, by the Teatro Romana, the Cathedral and at Plaza de la Merced.
Regional Tourist Office
Pasaje de Chinitas 4, just off Plaza de la Constitución
Tel: (95) 221 3445.
The Málaga Card (tel: 902 877 996; www.malagacard.es) includes entry to most museums and attractions and various city-wide discounts but is only value for money if you plan to take the included Málaga Tour bus trip.