Iglesia Rupestre y Ruinas de Ciudad Umar ibn Hafsun (Ruinas de Bobastro)

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Iglesia Rupestre y Ruinas de Ciudad Umar ibn Hafsun (Ruinas de Bobastro)

Iglesia Rupestre y Ruinas de Ciudad Umar ibn Hafsun (Ruinas de Bobastro)
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Karen M
Colchester, UK58 contributions
Walking Shoes needed.
May 2018 • Solo
Babastro Ruins. Up a lot of uneven steps in the rock. A lovely view up there. Three Euros. The best bit is further up the same road. Go to the top & see what you see on the way. Wasn't expecting that!!!
Written May 13, 2018
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Ulsterman61
Belfast, UK135 contributions
Too far to drive too long a hike
May 2017 • Couples
We really thought we were going to enjoy this ruin from th 8th - 9th century but to be really honest it is hidden away in the mountains and is not worth the visit.
When you arrive you are charged 3 Euros and pointed to a fairly steep path.
About 20 minutes going up and down and you arrive at the main site there is very information on the boards and not a lot to see or do we would not recommend this because of its isolated position and lack of items of interest
Written May 22, 2017
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Graham D
Hemel Hempstead, UK10 contributions
Bobastro Islamic 10th century Settlement
Apr 2015 • Couples
After several earlier visits the ruins at Bobastro are well signposted between the villages of el Chorro and Ardales to the northwest on the road up to the lakes. The road is currently being widened so access is from El Chorro during the week but open at weekends. The Bobastro site has been refurbished about three years ago so it is possible by the entrance booth, a wooden cabin alongside the road , 20 minutes drive from El Chorro. Entrance is cheap , circa 2€ and free for much of the year. Continuing up the mountain is the Mesa, a table top mountain which reveals a magnificent vista of the whole region. Almost a millenia before the great Arab migration in AD 711, Hannibal and Hasdrubal Barca surveyed this region from here, before their trek north to found Barcelona and the attempted conquest and subjugation of Rome. Times change, today there's a nice tapas restaurant to slake the the travellors' thirst. It's a region of abundant rabbits, the restaurant hosts wild rabbit hutches and after all the Phonecians called it "the land of rabbits- hispania".
The Caminto del Rei has been rebuilt last year and this first quarter and is now open for ridiculously low ticket prices; book online after May as it's fully booked. This represents the only access to the inner gorge at El Chorro or from Ardales at the northern end. Stunning wild life abounds, particularly birds; literally dozens of griffon vulture and the occasional pair of Bonelli's eagle. Bobastro , the Mesa Top , Caminito del Rei , many long hiking routes from El Chorro and Ardales are best done together by car or if you are young and fit either El Chorro or Ardales fincas are ideal for hiring mountain bikes.
Ardales museum is a must but book weeks in advance if you wish to visit the neolithic cave. Torcal and the largest dolmen site at Antequerra are within a 1 hour driving time from El Chorro or Ardales. El Chorro is an international mecca for climbers while stately Ardales, a pretty white Pueblo Blanco village, surrounded by arable pastures and great herds of goats .
Written April 23, 2015
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clarecluck
Crawley, UK5 contributions
Atmosphere, mystery and a whiff or neglect
Oct 2014 • Friends
Loved it all, and want to know more about the history of the Muzarabs. It is almost impossible to imagine the hardy people who inhabited this mountain fastness, rebels and disidents, who ust have lived off robbery and extortion as well as the game afforded by the mountains.
Wonderful views, and a heady atmoshere, a place for contemplation as well as interest. It has a neglected feel about it, so much of the signage and barriers have been broken or affected by extreme weather, but this adds to it's charm. Probably don't take your Nan and Grandad there if they are wobbly, it's a roughish walk! We went in October, so I guess it might be different in season, and lose some of it's mystery...
Written October 15, 2014
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alexandsalvador
Malaga, Spain14 contributions
Visit befor it's sealed off
Nov 2011 • Family
A must full of drama the walk up with the steps cut into the mountain over 500 years old the tomb and mozza Arab church so much history to take in, roman remains of fort above take your time no wheel chair access able bodied only .
Written October 27, 2012
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Andrew
Andalucia298 contributions
Impressive ruins in a stunning setting.
Nov 2011 • Friends
I’ve been to the El Chorro area before, but missed these ruins and they’ve been on my list for a while. There is now a visitor information kiosk on the small parking lay-by opposite the site. Here you can buy your 3 euro ticket and also get maps and guides about the area and information on the ancient Bobastro church and community.
Parking opposite is very limited so go off season or be willing o walk from the parking further away. Access is by a 500 metre or so path, steep in places. But the looking out from the narrow path, the view is expansive. It takes in the pine forests of the foreground, and out towards farmland, with the ancient town of Ardales in the distance, at the foot of a dramatic outcrop of rock, topped by a Moorish tower.
All along the path are panel with images, sketches and information in Spanish and English about the site and the history of the time - all very well presented.

The setting is peaceful, relaxing; really regenerative. Yet centuries ago this hidden corner of the Ardales Natural Park, close to the world-class rock climbing area of El Chorro, was once the hub of intrigue and conflict amongst the Al-Andaluz Arabic empire.
We are heading towards the site of the city of Bobastro; a Mozarabic fortified settlement established by Omar Ibn Hafsun. A military leader in the Emirate of Cordoba, he converted to Christianity and defected. He set up a base in these isolated mountains and there created, over a millennia ago, a Christian church.
Not only is the site culturally unique, but it is also architecturally unusual too. The church was built out of the solid rock, and then finished with bricks and timber. This remarkable feat of construction means that although we are now exploring the site over 1100 years later, the church remains recognisable. A good section of the carved rock remains, with amazing Islamic inspired carved arches. It clearly has three naves and a beautifully carved circular sacristy.
Written November 7, 2011
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