Thursday, Elizabeth had to work, which ended up being later than planned, so we didn’t get to go anywhere until 6 pm. We decided to visit Alcazaba, a palatial fortress built in the 11th century that is the best preserved of its kind. On our way we walked by the port of Málaga through the beautiful Palm tree-lined walkways full of monk parakeets (Quaker parrots). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good picture.
We decided to walk up the hill/mountain to see the views from the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It was a taxing hike to say the least–the trail was very steep in parts, which made frequent resting a necessity. However, the views from the top were spectacular!
We walked back through downtown Málaga, where we ate gelato, listened to a Spanish guitar ensemble and saw the Málaga Cathedral. The Cathedral was built beginning in 1528 and wasn’t completed until 1782. However, the cathedral is missing one of its towers. The story goes that Málaga used the money to support the American colonies when they gained independence from England. Locals call it La Manquita, meaning the “One-armed Lady.”