Castillo Gibralfaro: High On A Hill

Within the city of Málaga, in the foothills of a mountain chain called Montes of Málaga, atop Mount Gibralfaro, stands the castle that bears its name. The castle was built nearly 1,100 years ago on a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse. The castle was enlarged in the 14th century.

The climb to the top is long and at times extremely steep… and worth every step (as long as you don’t do it in the summer heat). The restoration is exceptional and the views are spectacular, especially from the restored ramparts surrounding the structure. My cousins and I (see recent posts) did the climb after visiting the Alcazaba lower down the hill. The day was overcast and cool. Not the best day for photos, but a great day for a hike.

All the castle needs is informational signage and directions to find one’s way in and back out again. We should have left a trail of popcorn.

(Click any image to see how high we climbed.)

WORKING OUR WAY UP.
THE BULL RING.
AN AGAVE FLOWER STEM (ABOUT 30 FEET TALL, SO FAR).
FROM THE RAMPART… A FEW FEET ABOVE SEA[GULL] LEVEL.
BUT NOT ABOVE ALL SEAGULLS.
GULL IN PREVIOUS PHOTO IS FLYING ABOVE THE ROOF AT CENTER.

Lay ee old lay ee old lay hee hoo…

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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