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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)

44 Reviews
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Karen M wrote a review May 2018
Colchester, United Kingdom58 contributions29 helpful votes
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!!!
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Date of experience: May 2018
Ulsterman61 wrote a review May 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom135 contributions64 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Graham D wrote a review Apr 2015
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
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 .
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Date of experience: April 2015
clarecluck wrote a review Oct 2014
Crawley, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
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...
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Date of experience: October 2014
alexandsalvador wrote a review Oct 2012
Malaga, Spain14 contributions15 helpful votes
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 .
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Date of experience: November 2011
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