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“Do not miss this beautiful area of Southern Spain” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ardales National Park

Ardales National Park
Ardales, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Ardales
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Bedford, England
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“Do not miss this beautiful area of Southern Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The most striking thing about this area is the azure blue of the lakes. It is a truly beautiful sight. Take some time to visit the lakes, there is not much commercialisation so you can really get away from it all - go for a swim or use one of the limited number of pedalos & canoes to explore. This is a great place for a picnic and ideal for families. Make sure you drive on to El Chorro to see the dam and the gorge - another fascinating area!!
Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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Marbella, Spain
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“Beautiful is simply the word”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you want Peace and tranquillity this is the place to be. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and enjoy nature, this is one off the best locations there is.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful views, cool clear water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

You can approach the lakes from Ardales by taking MA-5403/MA-444 towards El Chorro. There are plenty of pull-in areas by the side of the road that provide [scrambled] access to the lake and a few places to rent pedalos, but we went to the dam at the [northern] end of the lake (past the turn off to El Chorro), where you will find a restaurant, El Kiosco, a small car park and steps to the lake.
Behind the restaurant is the start of a circular walk of 4.2km (mostly shaded) that takes about 2 hours. We were there at the end of August and it was not very busy. Other than a few flies, we were not troubled by insects. There was a pleasant breeze most of the time and the water was cool and clear.
It is worth driving on toward El Chorro. As you approach the village you will be able to see the Camino del la Rey walkway that is pinned to the gorge face on the other side of the small lake from the road.

Visited August 2013
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sheffield
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“azure lakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

this is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been in my life. crystal clear fresh water reservoir, with fish and you can swim in it. also can hire pedalos and canoes. do make sure you go.

Visited August 2013
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Tianjin
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“Away from salt and tourists...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

The lakes at Ardales are just beautiful, electric blue fresh water and never too crowded. Even in the summer you can usually get a camping pitch. We often spend out days, just swimming and jumping in to the water, then back to the campsite for BBQ's and drinks in to the small hours. This is not like a UK campsite, very relaxed, well organised and beautiful. You find a lot of people who live on the coast escape up here in the summer to get away from the crowded beaches and it is a bit cooler as you are up in the hills a bit. Stoney, dusty and a bit of a trek to get here but worth it. This place could and I am sure will become a Mecca for outdoor pursuits soon.

Visited August 2012
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