Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro : A stronghold of the Christians against the Arabs in El Chorro


Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Caminito del Rey. From here is a paved path that climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde.

Part of the ruins of Bobastro can be accessed by foot. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and you will find there the remains of an ancient fortress. There is also a water tank, the water is pumped at the top to at night to get electricity for the daytime.

THE CHURCH

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Omar Ben Hafsun fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century and rebelled against the Emir of Cordoba. He conversted to Christianity in 899 to build this church. The carved rock was probably performed in the late first century IX or X.
The Mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after opposition as a separate kingdom it was conquered after more than 50 years by Cordoba kingdom. It was taken on January 19, 928.

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Unearthed in Sand Stone there is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three territories, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.
Perfectly situated on the east and has a length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 meters wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who sought refuge there for hundreds of years.

HOW TO GET THERE.

Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Ardales and Alora. These are just 45 minutes from the coast.

The roads are good, but the signals ar not very clear if you’re not from there.

-By Car

We recommend that you take the route from Malaga on the A-357 and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora. After passing through the beautiful town of Alora you will see the signs for Bobastro. Like everything else in Spain on the way to Bobastro there are many things worth visiting such as: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey, the town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador and more.

-By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)

INFO ON ENTRY AND TICKETS

The archeological remains are open all week as follows and though the guided tour is in Spanish the signs and information boards are also in English.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm there is a guided tour Approximately every hour (in Spanish)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3pm (no guided tours on these days).

TIPS AND ADVICE

You need a full morning to visit including the trip. Good thing is that there is plenty to see around there to fill the day. Good location, good walking areas and good food!

Remember that now the ruins of Bobastro are cared for and are only open to the public certain hours of the day. Previously you could just walk in there and do your own “discoveries”.

Ask a guide to what other things there are to see such as the fortress of Bobastro, the old city walls, the princesses house and several artificial caves that were used by hermits.

OTHER SIGHTS

You can also visit other attractions such as: La Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos, Caminito del Rey, Ardales, Alora, Gaitanes Park and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

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Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Riogordo : 28th May Day of the Snails 2015


Snails Day in Riogordo

Sunday, 31st of May 2015

Riogordo is one of seven municipalities in the Axarquía that make up the Route of Oil and Mountains. Each May, the inhabitants invite you to try one of the specialties that characterize the cuisine of the municipality: the snails in broth. This unique dish is prepared the local way, cooked in its own juices and served with olives and wine ground.

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Coinciding with this day, along with a big party enlivened with a parade of street musicians, bands and groups choir and dance, a cattle fair is installed, which for three days, following the tradition, you can buy and sell all livestock.

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza de la Constitución, 14 (29180). Phone: (+34) 952 732 154 Fax: (+34) 952 732 380

Rent a Car an enjoy the party ! www.rentacarprima.com

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

May Crosses Festival in Spain 2015 : Colour and Faith under the Sun


May Crosses Festival of Spain (Cruces de Mayo) in Cordoba and Granada 2015

 

 

The Festival of the May Crosses (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated throughout Andalucia though it is in Cordoba and Granada where the most impressive displays are on show. If you have to choose one then go to Cordoba. The festival consists of the construction of large crosses made of beautiful flowers in many of the city’s main squares.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

In the true spirit of Spanish fiestas a temporary bar is built in the same square as the cross. This is where the locals congregate each evening for a good few drinks and tapas which inevitably leads to spontaneous flamenco style dancing into the early hours.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

The celebration takes place during the first few days of May with the first weekend tending to be the busiest when visitors from all over Spain arrive to join in the party. The actual crosses which are around three metres high are made by the people of the neighbourhood and the local town council runs a competition to find the best cross (Concurso de los Cruces de Mayo). In Cordoba alone there are some eighty crosses to choose from.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

In Cordoba some of the best neighbourhoods to head for are San Basilio, Santa Marina and San Augustin whilst in Granada it’s the Albaicín and the ‘barrio’ of El Realejo where the best crosses and most merriment is to be found. The temporary bars generate a good income during these few days which is used by local brotherhoods (cofradías) and community groups to finance various local festivals including Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the Cordoba Fair (Feria de Cordoba).

This is a typical Spanish fiesta you shouldnt miss !

LINKS

http://www.soycordoba.es/evento/cruces-de-mayo-cordoba-2015/

VERDIALES : ANDALUCIA IS MORE THAN FLAMENCO AND SUN


VERDIALES FESTIVAL IN LAS TRES CRUCES CHAPEL, ALMOGIA AND ALORA, SPAIN

TODAY 03 MAY 2015, AT 09:30

The Verdiales Spring festival takes place today Sunday May 3, 2015 from 9:30 am with the “rise of the flags” at the known as Ermita de las Tres Cruces, located in the limits of Almogía, Alora, Cártama and Pizarra.

Verdiales Festival in Tres Cruces Chapel

Verdiales Festival in Tres Cruces Chapel

The verdiales groups from cited four villages spend the day between songs and dances, dancing the “Churripampa” performing the traditional clash between pandas and conduct the popular raffle.

The first references of this festival date back to 1722, that’s why it has been declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia and National Tourist Singularity of Andalusia.

From 11.00h to 20.00h there will be 10 verdiales of three different styles, together with the traditional greeting at the door of the chapel after walking around it.

Verdiales, history

Verdiales (or Verdiales dance) are a festive manifestation of ancient and peasant origin, socio-musical nature peculiar to certain geographical areas in the province of Málaga (Axarquía, Valle del Guadalhorce and Montes de Málaga).

roman verdiales

roman verdiales

Verdiales Festival is one of the cultural expressions related with storngest attachment to the region of Montes, which have been forged and developed without any regulations, done by ancient roads, tracks, isolated cortijos or travelling, by sales or wineries, showing the people the the roughness of these lands, with some specific forms of representation linked to such places.

Origins of the Verdiales

The root of the Verdiales is a controversial issue, and at times identified as pre flamenco or before the Christian and Arab invasion, but even before the romans and Phoenicians. That is over 2500 years old.

dancing verdiales

dancing verdiales

Locations

Chapels, with their adjoining squares, are significant frameworks, places with high relevance for the Malaga community of verdiales and evocative of eco-cultural identity. These hermitages are Verdiales, Three Crosses, of Jeva, and Loma la Boticaria.

Verdiales customs

Verdiales customs

Ruta de la Tapa in Ronda 2015


Ruta de la Tapa in Ronda 2015

From 26 February till 01 of March 2015

Come and enjoy the Ruta de la Tapa in Ronda , and use one of our very nice cars or bikes :-)

Ruta de la Tapa in Ronda 2015

Ruta de la Tapa in Ronda 2015

Con el Alcalde de Malaga en Fitur 2015

Prima Rent a Car y Skal han estado en Fitur 2015


Prima Rent a Car ha estado en Fitur 2015, con la presencia de nuestra gerente, la señora Ana María García.

Ha sido un lugar con gran actividad e interesante, en el que muchos de los nuevos productos y promociones relacionados con el turismo español se han mostrado ante los profesionales y el público. Muchas de las nuevas tecnologías y servicios también han estado presentes, y se han centrado principalmente en las nuevas aplicaciones online y apps para móviles.

Presentación Stand de Malaga

Presentación Stand de Malaga

Ana María ha asistido a Fitur con dos aspectos : Como gerente de Prima Rent a Car, y como Presidenta de Skal en España.

Aparte de hacer negocios relacionados con su propia compañía Prima Rent a Car, Ana María ha estado muy ocupada promoviendo y ayudando a las reuniones Skal en Fitur. Habiendo sido fundada hace más de 80 años, y con más de 18.000 miembros, ha sido un gran privilegio el ser elegida como la segunda mujer presidenta en la historia de Skal en España.

Compañeros de Skal

Compañeros de Skal

Algunos de los eventos y actividades relacionadas con Skal han sido el inicio de una estrecha relación con la Universidad de Málaga, sobre todo con la Escuela de Turismo. Debido a eso, las reuniones y conferencias se han celebrado en la propia universidad, y en Fitur, y 4 estudiantes del último año de carrera de la Universidad han sido invitados a Fitur por Skal, para conocer de primera mano cómo será su futuro profesional.

Estudiantes de Turismo invitados por Skal

Estudiantes de Turismo invitados por Skal

Esta actividad ha sido de gran beneficio para ellos, ya que no hay mejor manera de aplicar sus conocimientos que en un entorno tan dinámico y proactivo como un Stand de Skal en Fitur, la Feria de Turismo más importante del sur de Europa.

Entorno ideal para profesionales del turismo

Entorno ideal para profesionales del turismo

Los demás actos relacionados con Skal han sido la presentación al alcalde de Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, del libro “50 años de Skal Internacional”, como parte de una conferencia acerca de 50 años de turismo en la Costa del Sol, que también incluyó la proyección de un video hecho especialmente.

Presentando el libro al Exmo. Sr. Alcalde D. Francisco de la Torre

Presentando el libro al Exmo. Sr. Alcalde D. Francisco de la Torre

Un networking, una copa para todos los miembros, y el “Reconocimiento Turístico 2015” ha sido algunos de los demás actos realizados por Skal y Ana María en Fitur. El “Reconocimiento Turístico 2015” ha ido este año al Sr. Arturo Bernal Bergua, director de ‘Turismo y Planificación Costa del Sol’.

Reconocimiento Turístico 2015

Reconocimiento Turístico 2015

Una de las principales razones por la que se le honra con este homenaje es el hecho de haber organizado la ‘Vuelta Ciclista a España’, que ha cruzado con gran éxito las provincias de Andalucía.

Presentación del premio

Presentación del premio

Volviendo a Prima Rent a Car, Ana María ha sido también activa en la promoción de su empresa y todo lo relacionado con el turismo sostenible y el transporte en Málaga. Esto incluyó probar en persona el sistema establecido por Ayuntamiento de Málaga que ofrece un tour en bicicleta virtual a través de la ciudad.

Probando el simulador

Probando el simulador

Esto no hace más que mostrar una vez más la importancia de la ubicación y los servicios de Prima Rent a Car para los turistas que visitan Málaga Centro y la Costa del Sol.

Con la gente de Antequera

Con la gente de Antequera

Con los amigos de #lovingmalaga

Con los amigos de #lovingmalaga

Hasta el año próximo !!! …..

ronda sunset

Ronda, The Capital of the Spanish White Villages (III)


Ronda, The Capital of the Spanish White Villages (III)

It was a little scary to go down the dark stairs where so many years ago slaves had to carry the water. We were really happy to wear good shoes now because flip flops definitely were not appropriate for such a trip.  When we arrived almost at the end we could see a fortress which was created to defend the city’s water supplies. The walls here were built in a very strange way that made the sound go into different directions.

Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

 

Sometimes we thought the other ones were talking from completely different places and sometimes it seemed as if the said words got lost… Interesting and somehow frightening! Seeing the river from down there so close was impressive. It was incredibly blue, even though it had looked differently from the bridges. The way back up was a real workout!

Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

Now we wanted to visit Ronda’s main attraction. Finally, we would see the Puente Nuevo! It was the most promising one and the whole day we had been waiting eagerly to see it. There it was: an impressive building of huge stone walls with arches in it! Before arriving, we had already seen pictures in our travel guide, but none of the photos did justice to this breathtaking view. You just have to see it yourself! In the background we could even see some mountains which were still covered by snow up in the Sierra and underneath us the river was gurgling.

ronda puente nuevo

ronda puente nuevo

The countryside fell away vertically right in front of us. It’s incredible what nature does sometimes. It was already afternoon, so we went to a café right next to the Puente Nuevo. We had a coffee on top of the gorge!

Then we wanted to visit the Plaza de Toros. It’s one of the oldest and one of the largest in Spain. In Ronda there is the origin of bullfighting: The Escuela Rondeña. The rules which are followed until today were created in Ronda.

ronda plaza de toros

ronda plaza de toros

Even though none of us was in favor of bullfighting, we wanted to visit this to get to know better the tradition. Indeed: we had the possibility to stand in the middle of the bullring – luckily without a bull! The arena was huge and it was really interesting to see how it worked: we could see where the bulls are kept and how they are let into the arena. We were fascinated even though we really didn’t want to be because it such a cruelty to animals.

ronda plaza toros museo

ronda plaza toros museo

The sun was already setting and it was time for us to leave Ronda. It is really a picturesque town and definitely worth a visit. Many people don’t know about it and they only visit the more famous places like Granada and Marbella, but Ronda deserves so much more attention!

ronda sunset

ronda sunset