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“What time does the carpark open??”

Ardales National Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Ardales
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

We had an amazing day at Ardales last week and would like to go again nice and early.. The water is lovely warm and clean.. Much better than any beach with messy sand!!.. Does anyone know what time the carpark opens ?

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

The drive from ronda via El burgo to ardales lakes is a must. Make sure you bring your swimsuit. Find a stop on the lake side, some places charge a couple of euros to park and use their facilities. The water is fantastic and warmer than the sea.

1  Thank WonderingMinstrels
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We drove up from Fuengirola last week and it took an hour and a quarter. We drove via Alora and El Chorro (which took a bit longer than driving via Ardales) to have a photo stop at the gorge. It is amazing to look at, but we really did only stop for a minute to take a photo.

We stopped at one of the first car parks where there is a boat hire kiosk. To hire a pedloe for an hr was 13 euros. It sat 4 people, but our toddler sat in between the two back seats, so 5 of us fitted in fine. The parking was only 1 euro and then 1 euro/adult and 0.5/child in addition. There were clean bathrooms to use, although you needed your own tissues as they'd run out. There was a 2 hour walk starting from behind la kioska restaurant (through the tunnel), which we didn't have time to do. But there was a map available from the restaurant and it looked like a beautiful walk.

On the way back, we drove via Ardales which is worth a stop. The way back took an hour.

Well worth a days visit!

1  Thank ShawFamily613
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

About 1 hr 40 mins from Marbella is a haven of peace and tranquillity. The clear blue lakes are perfect for swimming in so take your cozzie and towels ( crocks sandals are good for the feet to pass the stones to the waters edge). The countryside is made for walking, bring correct footwear and water to drink and the few local restaurants do decent simple food. The scenery is stunning. Some stone picnic tables are scattered amongst the trees so most people take cooler boxes and drinks and snacks. There are BBQ areas but these are mostly used by the local Spanish on a weekend. You can also take a tent and pitch over night or a few days. Clean toilets and showers are available. Boats and canoes are for rent. We went to eat at the El Mirador restaurant. It is high and over looking the lake on the dead end road which brings you to the viewing point opposite the dam. We left the coast at around 10am......... so we were ready for a beer and a bite to eat by 1pm...... This is a perfect time to get a table in the restaurants as the Spanish don't eat so early and so you get fast and efficient service....... if you try to eat any time around 2pm onwards you may not get a table, let alone get served very quickly. My advice is bring sun cream, bug spray, and hats and water to drink....... Remember you are now in the deep campo !!!!!!!

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We loved Everything about this place, lunch time we had one of the best tapas in Spain in the hotel La Posada just over the bridge. Had a good walk then later that day we went to a fab restaurant we chose the El Kiosco bar restaurant very pleasant and helpful staff. Great atmosphere, easy parking. well recommended.

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