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“Lake district in Spain”

Ardales National Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Ardales
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

These lakes were ten miutes from our villa so we could not miss them...
They are the most beautiful turquoise blue ...and so lovely we went twice..Avoid at the weekends as the Spanish love it here too. during the week get there before 12 noon! Parking is limited in the main lake area and the first carpark signed for canoe hire charges 1 euro plus 1 euro per person to park but worth it as there are picnic tables and loos among the pine trees a welcome relief from the August sun! the view and breeze is amazing..We hired a large pedalo 11 euros per hour and dived and swam in the lakes.There arelittle cave like formations and rocks youcan climb up and jump from to the right!
Then we went to the Mirador restaurant..further up the road,take the first left after the tunnel through the rock..Do not miss it!! they serve the most amazing aubergines with honey...honest its to DIE for!! Also Ben and Jerrys ice cream and if you ask for a cappuchino it comes with whip cream and a cinnamon dusting MMMMMMMMMMmmmm.The views from the terrace are stunning!!It is rustically decorated all wood and baskets like a mexican shack!! There were pumpkins curing on the roof as you go in all shapes and sizes!! The owner is lovely and the menu is in english too! Again they do wonderful chips, salads and tortillas (Omelettes).Handy for us veggies!!And which the kids love...Do not miss it!!This is the wonder of Andalucia!!

Date of experience: August 2012
11  Thank Torchythetourist
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Reviewed 14 August 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.

Date of experience: February 2012
1  Thank perle369
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Reviewed 12 August 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

1  Thank kwl1966
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

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

Date of experience: April 2012
2  Thank Roger061
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Reviewed 4 June 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.

Date of experience: May 2012
3  Thank eve-boots
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