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Ardales National Park

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Address: Ardales, Spain

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Beautiful lakes

The best view point over the lakes is NOT mirador dos embalses starting at restaurant El Mirador but is Mirador des tres embalses starting 1 km further over the second dam between... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Marc P
Ostend, Belgium
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Ostend, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The best view point over the lakes is NOT mirador dos embalses starting at restaurant El Mirador but is Mirador des tres embalses starting 1 km further over the second dam between the Guadalhorce and Guadalteba rivers direction Ronda. There is a sign, you can park there and then you have to take the stairs going up and then you... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We rented a 2-person kayak for an hour, for 11E - money really well spent. The reservoir/lake was a little low on water, but it didn't detract from the fab experience. The water was quite clear and lovely to swim in, and the huge fish a delight to watch. Apart from the car park charge (1E per vehicle and per... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Went at the end of September, water was so refreshing. Would recommend wearing jelly shoes, it's quite rocky. Kayaking and pedalos available all day and there are picnic benches and BBQ spots. Perfect day out.

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

As a photographer the Ardales National Park is just an amazing place to create atmospheric images for my customers. I have visited this are many time in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Thank SJ L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to relax and have a bbq. Nice activities. A must see if you are around this are. Close to the entrance of Caminito del Rey.

Thank Alexandru G
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This absolutely stunning area of turquoise lakes set amongst pine covered mountains is a perfect place to spend the day or, as we did, camp for a couple of nights. The facilities are good, we hired kayaks to explore the lakes, the fishing rods got good use (nothing caught though) and we swam in the beautiful water.

Thank Sylvia H
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Stunning lakes, fun activities including pedalos, kayaks and paddle boarding. We stopped at La Isla Zona Recreativa and paid €1 for the car, €1 per adult and €0.5 per child. Take a picnic and travel light. The walk from the carpark is v steep - I wouldn't take a child in a buggy, but some did. Over the hill there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

After a gorgeous drive through the mountains there's a turning off for El Chorro, after that it's all spectacular drive on the way down to the pick up points for any guide walks. If you do intend to go there bring a towel and your swimming clothes, at the top after turning off for El Chorro there's a beautiful, turquoise... More 

Thank Kevin P
Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Me and my girlfriend had a wonderful time here. Cost 1 euro for parking and 1 euro each. Very steep set of stairs from the car park down to the lake. Best take a cool box and picnic as refreshments mean you have to walk up the stairs again. Middle of summer so lake was at it lowest so banks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Wow! I don't even know where to begin! Absolutely breath taking place, you are surrounded by natural beauty and just can't quite digest it all! Honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! You can hire out pedlos, canoes, paddle boards etc and there is a giant total wipeout style inflatable on the river too! Prices are... More 

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