Festival Andalusi Salares 2015

Salares Andalusian Arabic Festival 2015

Andalusian Arabic Festival : Salares (Axarquía Costa Del Sol).
DATE: From September 18 2015 to September 20, 2015.

The municipality of Salares, in the foothills of the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda and Almijara, in the heart of the Axarquía, is part of the Mudejar route. Therefore, each year during a weekend in September, celebrating the Arabic Andalusian Festival, in which the heritage of its multicultural past is highlighted .

During the day on Saturday you can enjoy from the craft market and ecological agriculture, intercultural workshops and tasting of typical products of the area along with the shooting contests with slingshots, catapults and ribbon race. At night, the Andalusian music invades the streets.

Sunday is customary to take the tasty popular breakfast and continue the day by attending cetrerías shows, storytelling, playing short films and literary readings.

How to get there from Málaga

Salares Information and History

Property for sale in Salares

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

CAMINITO DEL REY HIDDEN TREASURES : BOBASTRO CASTLE

Near El Caminito del Rey there are other interesting locations worth visiting in El Chorro, Alora and Ardales.

With this post we start our series about “Hidden Treasures of El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro”

BOBASTRO , MEDIEVAL HIDEOUT AND FORTRESS IN EL CHORRO

Bobastro is an ancient archaeological settlement located in the north of the province of Malaga. In the area of ​​the Guadalhorce river, where Omar Ben Hafsun established the capital in its domain in 880, to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba. He acquired castles and lands in a wide area, not only in Malaga, but including portions of the provinces of Cádiz, Granada known then as Elvira, Jaén, and Seville.

There is another theory which puts Bobastro in Ronda. Highlights are the rocks, carved buildings including a church, a castle, and  Mozarabic caves.

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 chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

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 chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved in stone

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.

THE FORTRESS

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress alcazar castle 2 inland properties

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

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.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

-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.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

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.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

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.

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

LINKS

  • Location of Bobastro Complex in Google Maps:

enjoy kayakin at El Chorro Indian Sports Ardales

El Chorro : indian sport kayak adventures in ardales

A few weekends ago we went to El Chorro and rented two kayaks at Indian Sport. It was fun and a very different way to visit the beautiful lake district.

Far from the tourist crowds of sun and sand we find a paradise inside, a very unique place full of beauty and inland Málaga province. This magnificent space is the Ardales Park Adventure Center, on the banks of the dam Conde de Guadalhorce and by the Natural setting of the Gaitanes Gorge.

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This environment is configured as a unique natural area of spectacular natural beauty and vast ecological wealth, invites practicing various activities and adventure sports in full contact with nature.

In INDIAN SPORT they make available technical and human resources required to experience nature with the maximum safety and security.

Their objectives : show nature in its purest and delight people with active tourism and adventure sports, without forgetting respect our mother earth.
At their facilities you will feel comfortable because they have different services and a recreation area with coffee bar, supermarket, toilets, tables, benches, fountains, BBQ area, garbage collection, swimming area and dock.
Among our activities, the most successful is canoeing.

Our Staff of Inland Properties Real Estate doing some field work :-)

Our Staff of Inland Properties Real Estate doing some field work 🙂

 

The Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir, which is fed by the Turon River, is an ideal place for practicing this sport. They will provide everything you need for you to go to navigate safely in the company of friends, a couple, family or even alone.

Some climbing is also possible

Some climbing is also possible

If you want to know the inside of Málaga, surrounded by mountains and pine forests, sail the waters of the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir becomes a pleasure for the senses. In this lake you will discover the beautiful places that can only be accessed from a canoe.

All the family can join

All the family can join

 

VIDEO

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

LOCATION

 

INFO ABOUT THE AREA OF ARDALES

http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/el-chorro-property-and-history.html

http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/ardales-property-and-history.html

 

PROPERTY IN ARDALES AND EL CHORRO

http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ALORA&tabla=ANY&pueblo=EL-CHORRO&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1400000

http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ANY&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ARDALES&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000

 

alora feria malaga 2014

Alora Malaga Feria 2014

From 30 July till 03 August in Alora, Málaga, Spain.

Come and enjoy the yearly celebration at Alora, Inland Andalucía!!.

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People at the Alora feria 2014

Alora in Malaga province : The town of Alora crowns a small hill over the Guadalhorce river. The castles towers, once vigil to the comings and goings of men and inland merchandise, in the Bobastro domains, outstand over the city, which shelters discretely between two small headlands and the powerful Hacho mountain (559 m.). .

Leaving the new constructions to one side, the town keeps its typically Andalusian form, with very representative houses of popular architecture and significant samples of the economic drive it has enjoyed and still has. The urban nucleus extends over one side of the mountain over which the Castle rises, being the symbol of Alora. The castle was probably built in the visigode era and amplified by the Arabs and all that remains are two towers and a horseshoe archway,

INFO AND LINKS

Alora Feria Twitter : https://twitter.com/FeriadeAlora

Info about the Feria of Alora (Spanish) : http://www.alora.es/Inicio/A.asp?IdArticulo=5255

The Town of Alora : http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/alora-property-and-history.html

Alora Area : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/ALORA-property-and-information.html

Property for Sale in Alora : http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?tabla=ANY&situat=ALORA&situation=ANY&pueblo=ALORA&pricelow=10000&provincia=Malaga&pricehigh=1500000

LOCATION

 

Caminito del Rey Alora Malaga being restored

Caminito del Rey Chorro Alora 2014 being restored

El caminito del Rey in Alora, Málaga, is being restored by the government. We where there yesterday Sunday, and the improvements can already be seen from the road from Alora to the lakes, on the MA-444. Her we show a … Continue reading

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga sitting on damaged part

El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro : The most Dangerous Walk in the world

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

El Caminito del Rey is a Walk in El Chorro, in Malaga Province, Spain. Visited by climbers, mountaneers and nature lovers, this dangerous walk is 4 km long and connects the Guadalhorce Lake District with the Area of the Guadalhorce Valley, using for that the gorge called “La Encantada” . A very dangerous walk, it has seen many accidents and deaths since its construcion in 1903, as it has been in disrepair for the last 40 years. There are plans to rebuild and open it to the public starting the renovation at the end of this month of February 2014.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

Since i have been there many times, and fear they will make the walk into another tourist attraction, i plan to walk it this weekend just before they close it and it changes forever, at least as we know it now….

But first a little bit of history :

HISTORY OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

el caminito del rey in el chorro old picture

el caminito del rey in el chorro being built

The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905.

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

Twenty years after the pathway was completed, King Alfonso XIII crossed the pathway for the inauguration of a new dam. This led to the pathway’s modern name, “The King’s Little Pathway,” or “El Caminito Del Rey.” After the King’s crossing. However, the bridge began to fall into disrepair.

LOCATION OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

El Caminito del Rey is located in the natural park of the Lakes of the Guadalhorce, between the areas of Alora, Ardales, and Campillos. A map of the route can be found here.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

WHAT TO KNOW

While it is not recommended to attempt a crossing (in fact it is currently illegal), there is a cable running the length of the path one can clip onto. However, the integrity of this cable is unknown. Between 1999 and 2000, four deaths occurred due to the instability of the path. As a result of these deaths, the government has closed both entrances.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

In June 2011, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project will take approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials that are used will be in keeping with the old design.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

WHAT TO SEE

Apart of the walk itself, there are many other things you will se on your way, both natural and historical.

It is considered to be of immense ecological importance. Its walls, which are up to 400 metres high, are home to a variety of plant and animal life, a clear example of adaptation to a vertical way of living. From the point of view of nature, this is a paradise for bird watchers, geologists, and nature lovers in general. Birds you will see here include  the falcon, kestrel and goshawk, as well as other medium-sized birds of prey

Historical : Apart form the story of the building of the path itself, the area houses examples of cave houses dating back to prehistorical times, and used up to the middle of the XX century, including the times of the Civil War. An interesting spot related to this period is the “Escalera de los Republicanos” or “escalera arabe

And dont forget the climbing !!!

TIPS AND THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • This is only a little part of the Natural Park fo the Condes del Guadalhorce.
  • Enter at your own risk. The walk was already dangerous twenty years ago, so imagine how it is now. Only experienced climbers should try it.
  • For the less intrepid you can walk the part of the walk that starts at Restaurante El Quiosco, at the lakes, and takes you through a beautiful forest to the back entrance of the “Caminito”.
  • Dont forget to visit the other wonderful locations in El Chorro, like the town of Ardales, Turón Castle, Bobastro, mesa de Villaverde, the burial site of Las Aguilillas, the old and the new dam, and the many restaurants and hotels in the area of the lakes.
el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

LINKS

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

Spectacular images of el Caminito del Rey : http://www.elcaminitodelrey.com/

Video made in 2008 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXrVG7aoizc

Video of 2012 : http://vimeo.com/82317824

News that they finally are going to repair the track (spanish) : http://www.diariosur.es/20140206/local/malaga/adjudican-sando-rehabilitacion-caminito-201402061348.html

MAP : ACCESS POINTS AND IMPORTANT LOCATIONS (Google Maps)

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga (Click)

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga 2

caminito del rey el chorro map malaga 2

Full map with all the information : Here

  1. Point of Access to the first part of the caminito del rey. Cars can be parked here : Here, from the railway station
  2. (If you want, you can also go the way of the railway tunnel, which is safer. You will seen the Caminito in front, the access here)
  3. Start of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  4. End of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  5. Start of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  6. End of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  7. (there is also an acces to the railway tunnel so you can access the secret valleys safer. It quiet hidden. Location here)
  8. Entry to the one-man tunnel that takes you out of the valley into the Lakes and the Restauran el Kiosko : Here
  9. Exit point of the one-man tunnel bringing you from the back part of the Caminito del Rey : Here

MORE LINKS

HOTELS , FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

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FINISHING…

Beautifull scenery, in the middle of an area with many places to visit. Advantage is that you can take different routes depending how experienced you are with climbing or walking ind the campo. Dont forget this will be the last days you will see it in its full glory, so be quick….. 🙂

Bobastro, Middeleeuws vesting in El Chorro, Alora

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Bobastro Kerk

Bobastro is een oude archeologische nederzetting gelegen in het noorden van de provincie Malaga. In het gebied van de Guadalhorce rivier waar Omar Ben Hafsun de hoofdstad oprichten in zijn domein in 880, om te rebelleren tegen de Emir van Córdoba.

Er is een andere theorie die Bobastro plaatst in de stad Ronda. Hoogtepunten zijn de rotsen, uitgehouwen gebouwen waaronder een kerk en het kasteel Mozarabische grot.

De toegang is vanaf de weg-Ardales Alora, ongeveer 2 km ten noorden van El Chorro en de zuidkant van de kloof Gaitanes. Vanaf hier is een verhard pad dat de heuvel op klimt van Las Mesas de Villaverde.

Tot een deel van de ruïnes van Bobastro is voetgangers toegang. Op de top van de heuvel kunt u genieten van een prachtig uitzicht van de omgeving en je vindt daar de resten van een oude vesting. Er is ook een waterreservoir, aan de bovenkant wordt het water gepompt om ‘s nachts elektriciteit te krijgen voor overdag.
DE KERK
Omar Ben Hafsun vluchtte naar Bobastro in de late negende eeuw en kwam in opstand tegen de Emir van Cordoba. Zijn bekering tot het christendom in 899 verklaart de bouw van deze kerk.De uitgehouwen rots zijnwaarschijnlijk een traditie en uitgevoerd in de late eerste eeuw IX of X.

De Mozarabische kerk is de enige bekende van al-Andalus. Het werd vernietigd door Abdel Rahman III, toen het na verzet als afzonderlijke koninkrijk voor meer dan 50 jaar voor Cordoba diende. Het werd veroverd op 19 januari 928.

Ruiny

Opgegraven in zandsteenis een basiliek met drie beuken gescheiden door hoefijzer bogen, transept en drie gebieden, de centrale hoefijzer boog en de rechthoekige zijkanten.

Perfect gelegen op het oosten en heeft een lengte van 16,50 m lang en 10,30 m breed. In de omgeving zijn er overblijfselen van andere gebouwen die toebehoorden aan andere mensen die hun toevlucht daar zochten
HOE KOM JE ER.
Een bezoek aan Bobastro kan worden gedaan vanaf de nabijgelegen stad Alora of Ardales. Deze zijn op slechts 45 minuten van de kust. De wegen zijn goed, maar de bewegwijzering is niet erg duidelijk als je er niet vandaan komt.

Wij raden u aan de route te nemen van Malaga op de A-357, en dan neemt u de afslag van Pizarra-Alora. Na het passeren van de mooie binnenstad van Alora zult u de wegwijzers voor Bobastro zien. Zoals alles in Spanje op de weg naar Bobastro zijn er veel dingen een bezoek waardzoals: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge, de stad van Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador en nog veel meer.
TIPS EN ADVIES
U heeft een ochtend nodig om het te bezoeken met inbegrip van de reis. Goede zaak is dat er genoeg te zien is daar in de buurt om de dag mee te vullen. Goede locatie, goede wandel-gebieden en lekker eten! Vergeet niet dat de laatste tijd en tenslotte de ruïnes van Bobastro worden verzorgd en omheind zijn. Vroeger kon je er gewoon lopen en op uw eigen manier “ontdekken” (jammer, als je het mij vraagt).

Ruins of the Bobastro Church.

Maar dit is natuurlijk vanwege het monument. De openingstijden zijn niet te controleren dat even gezegd te hebben. U zou er dus voor een gesloten poort kunnen staan. Vraag aan een gids welke andere dingen er nog meer te zien zijnzoals: het fort van Bobastro, de oude stadsmuren, het prinsessen huis en de verschillende kunstmatige grotten die gebruikt werden door kluizenaars.

 
ANDERE BEZIENSWAARDIGHEDEN

U kunt ook andere bezienswaardigheden een bezoek brengen zoals: LA Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos, Caminito del Rey, Ardales, Alora, Het park van Gaitanes en het park van de Conde del Guadalhorce.
LINKS

Caminito del Rey in El Chorro (Málaga, Spain)

Locatie van Bobastro in Google Maps:
Foto’s van Bobastro:
Info: http://www.turismo-prerromanico.es/arterural/bobastro/bobastroficha.htm
Blog en boek over Bobastro (Spaans): http://malaga2016-patriciamb.blogspot.com.es/
En zoals altijd uw beste aanspreekpunt voor het wonen in het binnenland : Inland Properties

Bobastro : Malaga Ancient Hideaway

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Bobastro is an ancient settlement and archaeological site located in the north of the province of Malaga (Spain) in the area of The Guadalhorce River, where Omar Ben Hafsún established the capital of his domains, in 880, to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba.

There is another theory which places Bobastro in the city of Ronda. Highlights include the rock-cut buildings, including a church and castle Mozarabic cave.

Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the gorge Gaitanes. From here, a paved trail climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde, but halfway is pedestrian access to part of the ruins of Bobastro.

On top of the hill, from where you can enjoy great views of the environment, we find the remains of a fortification. Surprise encounter a water reservoir at the top, the water is pumped at night to get electricity during the day.

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

THE CHURCH

Omar Ben Hafsún fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba. His conversion to Christianity in 899 explains the construction of this church, carved into the rock probably becouse of eremitical tradition and performed in the late first century IX or X.

This mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after resisting as separate kingdom for more than 50 years of attempts from Cordoba, it was conquered on 19 January 928.

Excavated in sandstone, it is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three areas, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.

Perfectly facing east, has an approximate length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 m wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who took refuge there

 

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain
The Medieval Church by Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Alora or Ardales, being only about 45 minutes from the coast. The roads are good, but the signposting is not very clear if you are not a local. We suggest you should take the route up from Málaga on the A-357, and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora.

After passing the beautiful Town of Alora you head for “El Chorro” district and there you will start to see the signposts for Bobastro. As everything in Spain, on the way to Bobastro there is many things worth visiting, like are : El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge, the Town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador, and many more.

TIPS AND ADVICE

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

Bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

On the way to bobastro, in Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

Don’t forget that lately and finally the ruins of Bobastro are taken care of and are fenced. Gone are the days that you could just walk in and “discover” on your own (a pity, if you ask me) .

But then, I suppose its for the benefit of the monument. Saying that, do check the opening times. Other ways you will get there and stand in front of a closed gate! Ask the guide for the other things to see, like the fortress of bobastro, the old town walls, the princess house, and the different artificial caves used by hermits

TO VISIT AROUND

Apart from the mentions before, you can visit other landmarks like LA Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos, Caminito del Rey, Ardales, Alora, The park of Gaitanes, and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

LINKS