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
Paseo Antonio Machado 12, 5th Floor, Tower B, Málaga, Spain
Tel: 95 213 4730.
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.