Bobastro Castle Ruins

Ardales, Spain

Bobastro is the ruins of an old castle in the Province of Málaga. The castle was of Roman origin, but rebuilt by Umar ibn Hafsun during his rebellion against the Caliphate of Cordoba in the 9th century.

There had been a structure at the site since Roman times. In 880 AD, Umar ibn Hafsun settled in the ruins of the old castle of Bobastro near Ardales, in which he incited the muwallads and mozarabs to join his cause against the unfair, heavy taxation and humiliating treatment they were receiving at the hands of Abd ar-Rahman II and his successors. The rebels constructed a church within the castle which lasted until the end of their autonomy on January 19, 928.

In 888 AD, Al-Mundhir of Córdoba was murdered at Bobastro by his brother Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Umawi, who later succeeded him.

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MA-448, Ardales, Spain
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Julián Real (3 years ago)
Meh. It's OK. I mean, it is only stones but they are OLD stones
Michael Oakes (3 years ago)
Unfortunately the ruins were closed when we called in on the way back from the mirador at the top of the road. But the opening times and costs were posted on the gate! So we can return when it is open. And it doesn't cost a lot either!
Diane Loughlin (4 years ago)
We visited this area a few days ago just before we walked the Carmenito del Rey. Nobody else was about and the scenery was simply stunning. The ruined church and the historical boards were both picturesque and informative. The best bit though were the vultures. Huge birds gliding by at eye level. Gobsmacking. Can't recommend highly enough!
James Marchant (5 years ago)
Take it or leave it. But For €3 can’t really complain. Take some photos, read the history of the ancient village and the mountain passes. Worth having a look at if your already in the area
Ondřej Šmíd (5 years ago)
Very interesting place to visit. I spent there more than hour and noone else was present on the site! Enjoy the ruins and relax here!
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