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Address: MA 448 Alora, area known as Las Mesas de Villaverde | Not far from El chorro and Alora, Alora, Spain

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Mozarab ruins a short walk from the road

This is an unexpected treat to find in the El Chorro/La Garganta area. From the intersection at La Garganta heading towards Ardales you'll see the brown sign indicative of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 June 2016
Kathleen H
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San Francisco, California
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Alora, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This are the historical ruins from the 900:s after Omar Ben Hafsun. He was an Arab that converted to Christianity and therefor was hunted by other Arabs, so he built his headquarter up here. The houses and the church is created out of the rock, and there are more places around the Bobastro with remains from that time. At the... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We found this place, the dams, and the walkways back in the early @80s when it was not a tourist spot just dirt roads and not a soul in sight for miles and it was free!!!! it was just magical and now they have updated the walk ways and made it accessible to most people it is just absolutely fab... More 

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Brit in Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Others give the details of what and where it is. Just to add, that when the guides aren't there the gate may be open anyway and you just walk around. No, there's not a great deal to see but I love ruins and I think this place is very atmospheric. The geology around there is quite interesting as well. And... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is an unexpected treat to find in the El Chorro/La Garganta area. From the intersection at La Garganta heading towards Ardales you'll see the brown sign indicative of ruins/archealogical sites in Spain. It's well worth the 10 minute or so drive up the road to the top where the gate to the site is. It costs 3 euros to... More 

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Hope Town, Elbow Cay
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We were expecting to see a little more but this site is just one portion of a former church hewn out of rock. To get there it is about 750m walking up some steep terrain. The surrounding area however was well worth visiting. Keep going up on the road past Bobastro and you get to a lake/reservoir that is on... More 

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Gibraltar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

We visited this site some years ago when it was open and uncared for. This time we were pleasantly surprised to see that there were well informed guides who explain its history (at present only to Spanish speakers). There are some explanatory boards in English though. The place has a wonderful view and its most interesting feature is what remains... More 

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Leicester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

Well worth a detour if you are visiting the lakes. Amazing geological landscape, panoramic views. The drive up through the pine forest is very verdant.

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Llangollen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

The ruins date from the 8th and 9th centuries and the Mozarab rebellion. The views are fantastic and the remains of buildings carved out of the solid rock reminded me of troglodyte dwellings in the UK. You can go on upwards to a magnificent viewpoint, with a handy bar to relax after the walk around the ruins

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Randalstown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

The ruins were in a stunning location with views over the mountains. There were information boards to explain the history. We paid our entrance fee (2 euros for retired) and wandered around the ruins, hewn out of rock. The man on the gate met us on our way down and showed us some fossils on the rocks.

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Ronda, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Liked everything, one of the most stunning places in Europe!! Good food, gorgeous lakes, amazing mountains, wildlife galore, friendly locals ... and less than an hour from Malaga airport. Incredible!

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