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The Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour in Málaga is one of the best cultural activities recommended by travelers and locals. This tour takes you into a different world, revealing the fascinating history and anecdotes of the Muslim fortification.


The first thing you should know is that the Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour is probably one of the best cultural activities you can do in Málaga.

Not because we say so. Travelers from all languages say it… even the locals themselves.

In Málaga, you won’t find a monument that generates so much fascination and unknown at the same time.

The second thing is that on this free tour, you will enter a different world within Málaga. Discover its history and anecdotes.

It’s not just another filler activity or the ideal place to take magnificent panoramas of Málaga. The walls that bring this fortress to life are just the showcase. The real treasure is inside.

If you join the free tour, you will invest your time with someone who knows how to fascinate hundreds of travelers with stories that fill every corner of this Muslim fortification.

Civilizations come and go…

Stories remain…

In the Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour, we will discover:

  • The ingenious defensive technique that would make today’s anti-theft alarms look ridiculous.
  • The prophecy of the petrified key in the Tower of Christ, which, if fulfilled, would lead to the closure of San Miguel in Málaga.
  • The 5-star viewpoint where you can witness the fusion of Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish cultures.
  • The day when some “visionaries” almost “went shopping” and tried to move the Alcazaba to Muelle 1. You will meet the Christ with three eggs in the Alcazaba, who you won’t see in any Easter procession.
  • And many more things… on the Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour in Málaga.

P.S.: Below you will find all the information about the free tour and the reservation calendar if you are interested in exploring the historic center of Málaga and its surroundings.

During this “free” or open tour, you will also get to know the legends and mysteries that surround this ancient Arab territory.

It will be a journey full of adventure and excitement.


Stories remain…

As you can see, throughout the hour and a half tour, we will take you on a journey through ten centuries of history of the Alcazaba in Málaga.

Our official guides are experts in the city’s history, so feel free to ask them anything you want to know during the guided visit to the Alcazaba in Málaga.

Make your free reservation, and we will be delighted to immerse ourselves with you in Málaga’s Islamic past to complete your visit to the city.

Your guide’s explanations will be clear and straightforward, allowing you to learn about the history of the Alcazaba and Málaga in general.

By the end of the tour, you will understand why Málaga is a place full of tourism.

Exploring its marvelous monuments, streets, castles, and cathedrals is an adventure worth experiencing, one that will leave a lasting impression on you.

Málaga Paso a Paso Tours promotes sustainable and responsible tourism that combines culture, history, and local traditions.

  • Teatro Romano de Málaga

    Málaga had a Roman past, and the greatest evidence of this is the city’s stone monument, the Roman Theater, which has an interpretation center where you can learn more about the life of the Romans in Málaga two thousand years ago. Just a few meters away, we will find some Roman pools under the glass pyramid, which were used for the production of Garum, a popular fish sauce made with ingredients found in the area. This was possibly one of the most important industries in the city.

  • Plaza de la Aduana

    Before we delve into the subject, let’s talk about the former Palacio de la Aduana, an 18th-century palace that now houses the Municipal Museum of Málaga. Throughout its history, it has served various purposes and has even been a place of accommodation for monarchs such as Queen Isabel II and King Alfonso XIII.

  • Reception at the Alcazaba.

    Next, we will enter the Alcazaba, specifically the visitor reception area. It was created in the 1990s on the remains of a group of Emiral houses and is slightly separated from the original fortress walls, which you can see through a glass panel. Inside, you will find a scale model of the monumental complex, which we will use to begin sharing the first details about the Alcazaba.

  • Tower of the Bóveda Vaída.

    This first access tower is named after the vaulted ceiling it has, known as “bóveda vaída”. You can also admire some marble columns that were brought from the ruins of the Roman Theater when the Alcazaba was constructed. Although it may seem strange, this type of practice was common in the past to save on construction materials.

  • Puerta de las Columnas

    The next stop will take us to the Gate of the Columns, named after the four columns that support the arches forming the gate. The capitals of these columns also belong to the Roman Theater. Additionally, we will explain the circumstances under which the warden of the Alcazaba moved to this location in the 18th century.

  • Tower of the Arch of Christ.

    Just before entering the tower, we will explain what the small balcony above the gate is and why there is a key carved in stone next to the first arch of the entrance. Once inside, you will see the niche that gives its name to this place, as it was used to house an altarpiece with a Christ when the tower served as a chapel.

  • Patio de Armas

    In our next stop, we will be at the Plaza de Armas, a beautiful Hispano-Muslim style garden with views of the Bay of Málaga. We will tell you why there are no original remains in this place and what is believed to have happened here after the conquest by the Catholic Monarchs. It is possible that there was a chapel built on the remains of an ancient mosque.

  • Puerta Cuartos de Granada

    Through this gate, we will reach the next level of the Alcazaba. But before that, we will explain how the Muslims used it to defend themselves against attackers. The one you will see is a reconstruction of the original gate, of which only parts of the arches and the lower part are preserved. We will tell you what happened to the original gate.

  • Patio de Surtidores

    In the upper garden, we will come across the so-called Patio de Surtidores, a terraced space where water jets were located, redirecting water from one fountain to another through small channels. These jets are hidden beneath the Chinese-style paving stones on the ground, which are no longer in use. This area was once occupied by small 19th-century houses that were later demolished, revealing one of the hidden treasures of the Alcazaba: a triple arch with an alfiz (a decorative surround) on one of the walls of those houses.

  • Chambers of King Badis.

    Next, we will stroll through the Taifa Palace, the part of the Alcazaba that served as the residence for King Badis, and whose remains were discovered during the restoration work of the fortress. You will see different pavilions and arcades with details of caliphal art that were attempted to be imitated during this period. You will also come across the Tower of Maldonado, which served as a royal mosque and still preserves columns with inscriptions from the Quran. From this viewpoint, we will be able to enjoy the view of Mount Gibralfaro and the bay of Málaga at its feet.

  • Nasrid Palaces.

    Then we will arrive at the Nasrid Palace, structured around two courtyards. One of them is the Patio de los Naranjos, where you can explore its museum rooms that contain artifacts related to the Alcazaba and the Muslim past of Málaga. In the Patio de la Alberca or Courtyard of the Myrtles, you will see the decorative pool that gives it its name, as well as remnants of the original floor.

  • Viewpoint.

    We will conclude our free tour in Málaga at the walkway-viewpoint located in the northwest part of the fortress walls. From there, you will have a view of the city of Málaga, including the Roman Theater, a sight that is not easily seen from other locations. The walkway-viewpoint was opened to the public in 2017 after extensive restoration and cleaning work in the area, making it one of the most visited places in Málaga by tourists.

  • 17:30 End of the Alcazaba Free Tour.

    End of the tour.

Teatro Romano de Málaga
Plaza de la Aduana
Reception at the Alcazaba.
Tower of the Bóveda Vaída.
Puerta de las Columnas
Tower of the Arch of Christ.
Patio de Armas
Puerta Cuartos de Granada
Patio de Surtidores
Chambers of King Badis.
Nasrid Palaces.
17:30 End of the Alcazaba Free Tour.

Tour Details

  • Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tour duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Available spots: 30
  • Price: Libre
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Accesibility: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Pets: Pets are not allowed.
  • Includes: Includes guided tour with an Official Local Tour Guide.
  • Cancellation: Cancellation is free. In case you are unable to attend the tour, we kindly ask you to cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
  • Ending point: Plaza de la Aduana.

Meeting point

Meeting point:

Your guide will be waiting for you on Alcazabilla Street, next to the glass pyramid. Look for the purple umbrella with the logo of Málaga Paso a Paso Tours.




Julio ha sido un guía estupendo. Además de ser muy amable y simpático. Recomendable 100%

Puntuación: Publicado el : 27-Mar-2023

Renata Du Toit

Renata Du Toit

Really good tour around the old town of Málaga to learn about its history, where to get the best food and which sites to see. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable so made the experience well worth it. Perhaps one thing that could be better is to give tourists a few minutes at each site to take pictures before moving on to the next place. Other than that, we really enjoyed it!

Puntuación: Publicado el : 25-Mar-2023

Asi Tor

Asi Tor

It was great. The guide was excellent

Puntuación: Publicado el : 22-Mar-2023

Mary Skinner

Mary Skinner

This was a wonderful tour. Our tour guide was Julio and he was very knowledgeable about the history of Malaga, the architecture, the culture, food and art. We all enjoyed the tour and he also gave us terrific suggestions on other places to visit and restaurants were locals eat.

Puntuación: Publicado el : 13-Apr-2023

Maria Jordà Borràs

Maria Jordà Borràs

Una experiencia genial para conocer el centro de Málaga. Un tour dinámico, ameno, con ilustraciones para entender la evolución de la ciudad y Julio muy buen guía.

Puntuación: Publicado el : 12-Apr-2023

Paula Mahiques Sanchis

Paula Mahiques Sanchis

Nuestra experiencia fue genial!! El guía que nos acompañó se llamaba Julio y la verdad que fué un encanto, nos hizo la visita muy amena y divertida!!

Puntuación: Publicado el : 11-Apr-2023

Patricia López

Patricia López

Muy buena explicación y muy buenas recomendaciones para conocer Málaga y muy útil, lo recomiendo.

Puntuación: Publicado el : 09-Apr-2023

Tim O.

Tim O.

Julio es súper simpático y chistoso. Recomiendo al 100% hacer el free tour con él. Ahora sé qué naranjas no usar para mi zumo 😉

Puntuación: Publicado el : 01-Mar-2023

Rebeca Delgado

Rebeca Delgado

Una visita guiada en inglés para nuestro alumnado de 4 eso, genial la experiencia!! Muy recomendable.

Puntuación: Publicado el : 22-Feb-2023

Preguntas frecuentes (FAQs)

  • How is the Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour in Málaga?

    The Alcazaba and Roman Theater free tour in Málaga is a step-by-step journey through the interior of the Alcazaba. It offers engaging content for you to enjoy, discover, and truly feel that you are gaining something that enhances your experience in Málaga.

    Don’t be deceived; it is much more than just walls and stones. You will delight in its labyrinths, gardens, decorative elements, and Islamic architecture.

    During the tour, you will gain a deep understanding of Malagan culture and have the opportunity to visit interesting sites such as Gibralfaro Castle, downtown Málaga, and the Málaga Cathedral.

  • Is it necessary to make a reservation?

    We recommend making a reservation in advance to secure your spot on one of our guided tours. Join us by making your free reservation.

  • What is the price?

    Pay what you want. There is no fixed amount, as you decide the price at the end of the tour. The only thing we can tell you is that just by listening to the guide at the first stop, you will realize the value you are getting.

  • Is the monument ticket included?

    No, the monument ticket is not included when booking the tour in Málaga.

    General Rate: €3.50

    Reduced Rate: €1.50 Students Senior citizens (65 years and older) Retirees Individuals with disabilities (at least 33% disability) Unemployed individuals

  • Is this guided tour of the Alcazaba accessible for people with reduced mobility?

    Unfortunately, the Alcazaba free tour is not accessible for people in wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties, as these guided tours by local guides are conducted on foot.

  • How can I identify the guide of the free tour in Málaga?

    Your guide will always be waiting for you with their official guide identification from the Junta de Andalucía, holding a purple umbrella from Málaga Paso a Paso Tours.

  • Do you have any other free tours in Málaga?

    Yes, we have another guided tour, the Málaga free tour suitable for all ages. If you would like to book a private tour, simply contact us via email or phone. Explore Málaga like never before!



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