The Ardales Lakes are one of Spain´s best kept secrets. Only 40 minutes on a good road from Malaga and the Costa del Sol, this is another world- the REAL Spain.
Nestling in pine-tree clad mountains this area is known as the Andalucian lake district and at weekends the Spanish come from miles around to enjoy the wonderful views and enjoy a tapas or meal at one of the many high quality bars and restaurants at the lakeside.
There are wonderful walks in the mountains and in the summer months canoes and pedalos can be hired out , making for a wonderful day out. If you enjoy fishing, you will not be disappointed with a day with your rod- it is harder not to catch a fish than to catch one!
Forming part of a Natural Park, an area of outstanding beauty, the scenery is breath-taking.
Hiking , bird.watching and mountain biking are popular activites and guided bike rides and waking tours are available locally. For the more adventouous, there is also quad-biking and para-gliding.
Close to the lakes is the world-famous climbing area of El Chorro- a dramatic gorge with a now-disued walkway,- the Camino del Rey (The King´s walkway) built at the turn of the century for the King of Spain to open the reservoirs