Malaga’s Cool Castle, and More

Every destination has at least one “must-visit.” In the biggest city on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Malaga, it’s Gibralfaro Castle.

This fortress built by the onetime Arab rulers of Andalusia in the early 14th century was once considered the most impregnable in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Today it’s a must for various reasons, from its history (among other things, in the late 15th century it also became the local residence of Spain’s legendary King Ferdinand), impressive architecture (massive crenellated walls) and views out over the city.

How to get up here to Camino de Gibralfaro No. 11. Couldn’t be easier (or cheaper)! Down in the city’s Alameda Principal, catch the No. 35 bus; the fare’s just 1.30€ each way. Even better, if you’re studying locally and are from 16 to 30 years old, you can go online and appy for a youth bus discount card (27 euros for unlimited rides).

Beyond this coolest of castles, you’ll just love Malaga and its student life, with friendly people, excellent food/drink, fabulous weather, hot nightlife, and affordable prices. Let us take you there, to the queen of the coast!

Photo | Alfred Diem