Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro information

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Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

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  • Twin rooms (33)
  • Double rooms (5)
  • Capacity (76)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled facilities
  • Airport (10km)
  • Station (3km)
  • Port (3km)

4* Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro - Stone-built mansion overlooking Málaga 

The Parador

Located above the old quarter of Málaga, on the side of the Gibralfaro mountain, the attractive, traditional-style Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro basks in the sunshine and Mediterranean ambience of the Costa del Sol.

The Parador is located within very attractive surroundings in the perfect spot to enjoy stunning views overlooking the city and the bay beneath. There are equally spectacular views to be seen from the outdoor dining terrace and from the balconies of some bedrooms. The superior rooms are situated on the 4th floor with a balcony and the best views over the bay. They are larger in size than the standard twins and have king size beds. These superior room types also have special amenities such as kettles (however, these can be requested at reception.)

Directly opposite the hotel is the Alcazaba, the Moorish citadel, a reminder of the city’s great antiquity (Málaga was founded by the Phoenicians three thousand years ago), and other historic structures include a Roman theatre and the 16th-century cathedral. The Málaga Parador itself offers a very high level of comfort, has an attractive garden with palm trees and an outdoor pool on the top floor. As you enter the Parador and continue to explore the interior, it continues to impress with its original stone archways and beautifully traditional bedrooms.

Keytel Tips

Superior double rooms are located on higher floors with better views onto the bay below.

Local Area

The city of Málaga is one of the oldest in the world, as for more than 2000 years it has been inhabited by a variety of Mediterranean civilisations, creating an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Málaga prides itself on being the perfect blend of the modern and the traditional and this is evident as you wander through the streets. Málaga is undoubtedly a perfect location for sightseeing; the citadel, the cathedral, the archaeological museum and the Gibralfaro castle, next to the Parador, are all certainly worth a visit. Málaga was also the birthplace of the painter Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso Museum continues to be an incredibly popular tourist attraction in the city. Málaga is famous for its wonderful climate, beautiful beaches and famous golf courses but the city is often overlooked by tourists rushing through, who ignore the city’s history and significant attractions. The city also has a great selection of shops and restaurants, as well as many parks and green spaces. Málaga has a buzzing atmosphere and well merits a stopover to explore the winding streets to enjoy some tapas and to take in the true Spanish culture.

Click here to read more about 'MÁLAGA AND ITS PARADORS (PDF)'

Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Andalucia.

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 22.30 (from 20.30 in summer).

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.

In the restaurant fish coated in flour and fried in olive oil "Zoque" (tomato cream blended with bread and olive oil), "Gazpachuelo" (fish soup blended with mayonnaise) and Malaga shrimp.

The Cafeteria is called 'El Mirador del Mediteranneo' and is open from 11am to midnight.

Swimming Pool

The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open in 2019 all year round.
Please note that opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.

How to get there

Located within the precincts of the Málaga Alcazaba, it can be reached from the centre of Málaga, arriving at the bullring, along the Paseo de Reding towards Gibralfaro Castle. The Parador is next to the castle of the same name. Another more simple way to find it, if coming from the Algeciras dual carriageway or the Antequera, Granada, Córdoba, Seville and Madrid road, or by the N-340 from Almería and Nerja, is to follow the 'Ronda de Málaga' and to turn off at the 'Limonar' exit.

Nearby Hotels

Malaga Golf - 12km
Antequera - 45km
Nerja - 50km
Ronda - 92km
Malaga Airport - 10km

Region & Cuisine


The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.

Inevitably,  Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches,  notably along the Mediterranean  ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth.  This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.

Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts.  For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique  in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed.  To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of  the white towns’, a string  of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.

Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.

An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture.  The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin.  Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.   
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia.  The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured  ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’.  Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho.  Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province.  In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish. 

Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions. 

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