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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... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
San Francisco, California
Remains of a unique period in Spanish history

We visited this site some years ago when it was open and uncared for. This time we were pleasantly... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2016
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10 Sep 2017
“Not a mind blower, but a very pleasant site.”
12 Jul 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Given everything else you can see in Spain, this would definitely not rank among the great places to see. On the other hand, if you want an authentic, uncrowded, unspoiled destination with some interesting local history attached, you just might enjoy this understated site. The...More

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank LCrissman
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

It is an interesting site and history to go with it set in a stunning location but it was better and more interesting before they fenced the place off and started yours there. Many times I have been and there is nobody in sight.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank ccompaneros
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Unenhanced ruins with detailed multi-lingual interpretation boards scattered round the site. There was a ticket kiosk but it was closed when we visited off season, late in the day. The road up to the ruins is fairly long and winding. There is some parking by...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 13 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,...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank swewolf
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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank peterbU7099LX
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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank TravellerToots
Reviewed 29 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...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank khershner
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...More

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Justin N
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...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank vikmik2016
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.

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank Glebelander
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22 May 2016|
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Via GR 248 15km