Close to Ardales and the Lakes at El Chorro are the ruins of the 9th century settlement Bobastro.
Located on the Álora-Ardales road, about 2 km north of El Chorro, Bobastro sits on top of a large sandstone plateau, ‘Mesas de Villaverde’.
Bobastro is an archaeological site containing the remains of a number of different ruins, including a Muslim necropolis and Christian Mozarabic Church.
Carved into the sandstone rock, the church is the only example of a temple erected by the Christian community during the Muslim rule of the Caliphate of Cordoba.
Omar Ben Hafsún established Bobastro as the capital of his revolt against the ruling Cordoban Caliphate in 880.
His conversion to Christianity in 899 explains the construction of the church, excavated into the rock in the late 9th or early 10th century.
Hafsún was also responsible for the fortification and improved defence of Ardales, Álora and Canete la Real as part of his rebellion against the Cordoban Caliphate.
Today, visitors to Bobastro can walk through the ruins, tracing the history and the legend of this Christian revolt that kept the emirs of Cordoba in check.
Visitors can see numerous buildings excavated in the rock; military constructions, houses, caves and the famous Mozarabe church.
Although Abd al-Rahman III, the Arab Emir and Caliph of Cordoba, ordered its destruction in 928, the ruins can still be seen today.
It’s a square construction that housed a convent of hermits, had a central courtyard with a large cistern, rooms and warehouses. On its southern side, a promontory was “carved” into a point to create a basilica church, with three naves.
Set within spectacular scenery, it’s a great place to explore!
Monday to Friday (9:30 to 15:00)
Saturday & Sunday (10:00 to 17:00)
Adults €3, Children (8 to 12 years) €2, under 8 free.