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Cats from Málaga {Spain}

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Feral cat communities can mainly be found in three different places in Málaga. Most of the cats reside at the Alcazaba fortress, but you can also find them at the Roman theater and at the Castle of Gibralfaro, which are all located in the proximity of each other.

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The Alcazaba fortress stems from the 9th century. It is built against the Gibralfaro mountain and towers high above the city, which means that the views from atop the walls and gardens are stunning. From here, you can see the port of Málaga and the peer Muelle Uno on one side, and the Montes de Málaga and the old center on the other.

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Just like the Alhambra in Granada, the building features many Arabic influences from the time of the Moorish rule, such as richly-decorated arches and an irrigation system in the gardens.

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The cats of Málaga are protected and well cared for. They are being spayed and neutered and receive medical treatment whenever necessary. Volunteers feed them on a daily basis.

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You can find the majority of the cats near the lowest roads leading up to the Alcazaba.

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These cats are not afraid of people, but during the tourist season and on weekends, they prefer to nap in the bushes where you can't easily see them.

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On quieter days, however, the cats are everywhere you look.

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Some of them remain shy, while others are sociable and seek out your company.


An entrance to the Alcazaba costs 3,50 euros, but you can visit the surrounding gardens and the cats without buying a ticket.

For 5,50 euros, the ticket also includes a visit to the higher located Castle of Gibralfaro where even more cats will be waiting for you.

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It's possible to book your tickets to the Alcazaba Castle and the Roman Theater in advance. This way, you can rest assured you won't miss out on the cats of Málaga.

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Text and photos: Vanessa Morgan

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  1. They are So cute and they look healthy. The one cat behind the weeds is an excellent photo.

  2. Those are some beautiful cats! I love that they are cared for, good to know that Spain is a responsible and kind culture for it's domestic animals. Now they need to work on that bull fighting thing and I'll think about spending my tourist dollars there.

  3. That's wonderful they are fixed and fed. It looks like the chip out of the ear is a staple.

  4. This time, these lilo meow meows over there are acting like models but still pretty cute for me. Anyway, I will get a cat toilet training kit so my cat will be cute again when having a photoshoot on our garden :)

  5. How wonderful to see such a beautiful and well-kept colony welcome in such a lovely place!

  6. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. We love to read that they such amazing views atop the walls and beautiful gardens to roam around in. Have a wonderful day.
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  7. This is awesome because here they are not always so welcome in communities when owners let them run. So pretty. Love cats. Kudos to Spain!

  8. I love the mix of architecture and felines captured in the images. Thanks for linking up on Amanda's Books and More!

  9. I think it's wonderful that the cats of Málaga are protected and well cared for. Love the photos.

  10. You find some wonderful scenes along with the cute cats! Nicely done :)

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  11. Hello, love the cute cats photos. They do live in a beautiful place. I am glad they are well cared for, great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

  12. Thanks for sharing your beautiful feline photos at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy - we're excited to feature you this week! :-)