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Roman Theatre of Malaga: An archaeological treasure not to be missed

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The Roman Theatre of Malaga is located in the heart of the historical centre of the city, next to the the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle. Today, the theatre is one of the city's main tourist attractions and admission to it is free of charge. In addition, it can be perfectly viewed and photographed from the Alcazabilla Street.

The timetables Opening hours are as follows: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 to 16:00.

Exploring the ruins of the Roman Theatre in Malaga

ruins of the Roman Theatre in Malaga
The Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre of Malaga

The Roman Theatre of Malaga is an important archaeological site dating back to the 1st century A.D.. For centuries it was hidden under dwellings that were located on the slopes of the Alcazaba, however, was discovered in 1951 during construction work and has since been the subject of numerous excavations and restorations for its recovery.

Visitors can walk through the remains of the ancient Roman theatre, which include the structure of the stage, orchestra and spectator seats. In the past, the theatre could seat around 2,000 spectators and was used for theatrical, musical and entertainment performances. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the theatre was abandoned and its ruins were buried and used for other purposes, such as the cultivation of orchards.

Visiting the Interpretation Centre of the Roman Theatre in Malaga

Interpretation Centre of the Roman Theatre of Malaga
Remains of the ancient Roman theatre

From the Roman Theatre Interpretation Centre you can enter the Roman Theatre in Malaga.. This centre is dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of the city's archaeological heritage, in particular the Roman Theatre. It has an extensive collection of objects ranging from Prehistory to the Middle Ages, with a special focus on the Roman and Phoenician periods.

Exhibitions on the history and culture of Roman times in Malaga can be seen, as well as ancient artefacts and archaeological remains found in the theatre and at other sites in the city. On the outside, you can read fragments of the Lex Flavia Malacitanawritten on the façade.

How to get to the Roman Theatre in Malaga

To get to the Roman Theatre in Malaga, there are several options depending on your starting point. Here are some of the most common ways:

  1. On foot: If you are in the centre of Malaga, you can walk to the Roman Theatre. It is located near the Alcazaba, on the slope of the Gibralfaro mountain. Just follow the signs to the Alcazaba and then head towards the theatre.
  2. By bus: Malaga has a public bus transport system. You can check the lines and timetables that pass near the Roman Theatre and take a bus to the area. Find out about the routes available on the website of Malaga's public transport company.
  3. By taxi: You can take a taxi from anywhere in the city and ask the driver to take you to the Roman Theatre. The taxi drivers know the location well and will drop you off in the nearest area.
  4. By car: If you have a vehicle, you can drive to the Roman Theatre. However, be aware that access by car may be limited due to traffic restrictions in the historic area. It is advisable to park in a nearby car park and then walk to the theatre.

We also leave you a link to google maps so you can make your own route: how to get to the Roman Theatre in Malaga

In addition to the above, concerts, theatrical performances and other cultural events are also held occasionally in Malaga's Roman theatre, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the space in the way it was used in ancient times.

The Roman Theatre in Malaga and the Alcazaba are two fascinating places to visit for those interested in history, culture and archaeology, as well as being a must-see for visitors to the city, you can take a look at our post about the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba. What to see in Malaga in three days.

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