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“One of the most beautiful areas - a must see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ardales National Park

Ardales National Park
Ardales, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Ardales
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malaga
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“One of the most beautiful areas - a must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is the Lakes area of the Malaga region and consists of 3 lakes which where made to supply water to Malaga. Built in the 20s it is a feat of construction with its dams and chutes. You can get quite close to the actual dams and it is quite interesting to see the construction. The water in the lakes is an unbelievable tropical blue, natural chemical reaction apparently, and people flock to the area to swim, poedalo or canoe. The area is so astoundingly beautiful there is always something different to see.

Ther are numerous bars and restaurants in the area but the best one is the Mirador set over the little bridge. A really hidden and rustic place with delicous food, the place is packed at the weekends and on Fiesta days but the views are lovely and the wait for food worth it. An alternative to that is the Garganta restaurant and hotel right in the Chorro gorge area. Expensive but good for a snack or their fantasstic jumbo icecreams!

Take the road right to the top of the El Chorro power station mountain where you will be amazed to find yet another lake from the views are breathtaking!

The drive through the shady woods is nice with the weathered sandstone and windy road.

El Chorro is the place where they filmed part of Von Ryan's Express [the bit where Frank Sinatra was killed] and is interesting to see as the railway is still in operation.

Visited February 2012
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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“The lakes near ardales”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The view and sights round the park are amazing, need a car to get around. Lots of places with great views.

Worth a trip

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Antequera, Spain
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“Park View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Good views few signs so find your own way about, reat fun if you tag onto a few locals

Visited April 2012
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“Do your research”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

We drove here for a day trip but had difficulty finding places to stop and had no idea where to go walking as most of the marked walks seemed to be geared to mountain bikers and I wasn't really up to an 8 hour hike. I'm sure there are lovely places here but next time, I will spend a bit more time preparing.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful lake and scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

The lake near Ardales and El Chorro is worth a trip. We made walks and enjoyed the beauty of nature.

Visited April 2012
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