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Make a holiday rental apartment or self-catering villa in Ardales, Spain your home away from home

The picturesque Andalucian village of Ardales is nestled in a peaceful valley in the Spanish Province of Malaga. The whitewashed buildings, winding cobbled streets and charming atmosphere are everything you would expect from a rural Spanish village.

An Ardales holiday property allows you to enjoy all that is best about rural Spain, with the privacy and flexibility to allow you to get the most out of an Andalucian holiday.

Things to do on holiday in Ardales, Spain

The village of Ardales, which is crowned by the Castillo de la Peña ruins and the Ermita del Calvario church, which sit on top of a rocky outcrop, is ideal for exploring on foot. The steep streets are lined with quaint little shops and cafés where you can enjoy traditional Andalucian dishes. The Museum of History and Traditions of Ardales has interesting exhibits and arranges tours to Prehistoric Caves of Ardales, which are situated 2km outside of the village.

The beautiful pine-covered countryside that surrounds Ardales is perfect for outdoor activities. The Ardales Natural Park is a wonderful place to enjoy bird watching, walking, hiking, horse riding and cycling. There are also 3 beautiful turquoise lakes where you can swim, picnic, fish or hire pedal boats. Nearby is the impressive El Chorro gorge, which is a popular rock-climbing destination.

Places to visit on holiday in Ardales, Spain

Malaga is less than an hour away from Ardales villas and is a great place for a day trip. There is a splendid cathedral, lovely museums as well as galleries displaying the work of Picasso. Malaga’s evening entertainment ranges from flamenco and jazz performances to traditional tapas bars and vibrant modern nightclubs, ideal for night owls visiting the city.

The pristine white, sandy beaches of the Costa de Sol are easily accessible from villas in Ardales, and offer water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing and jet skiing. Stretching out on the beach soaking up the sun is the perfect way to spend a lazy morning.

Weather in Ardales, Spain

Ardales has a wonderful warm climate with very mild winters. Temperatures in summer are around 30°C. Winter temperatures are cooler, but still warm enough to enjoy a day at the beach. The best time of year to visit Ardales is in the spring, when the weather is pleasant, the surrounding countryside is green and flower boxes at windows are bursting with colour.

Flights to Ardales, Spain

The nearest airport is Malaga Airport (AGP), which lies 20 miles to the east of Ardales. Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and Aer Lingus are just some of the airlines that offer cheap flights to Malaga. Visitors can take the Amarillos bus from Malaga bus station to Ardales, which takes less than an hour.

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                                                                                                      Five Star Finca

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                                                                                                      lovely villa set in large grounds with spacious accommodation and excellent equipment. The outside kitchen is a real bonus and connects really well to the pool area and outside dining. Property was in immaculate condition on arrival and exceeded all expectations, the owner did a great job of providing really detailed information in advance and making arrangements for our requests, nothing was too much problem for Susie. Bedrooms are lovely and if you dedicate the common bathroom to the 3rd bedroom then it's all en suite which makes the stay that much easier. The location is incredibly peaceful and affords great views down the valley towards Malaga. The local town, Casarabonela, is only 2 km away and has a couple of small supermarkets along with a handful of bars and a couple of restaurants. We would particularly recommend Bar Nuevo for lunch on the outside terrace. We spent a lot of time relaxing at the villa because it is so special and we cooked 2 paellas and 2 BBQs from the outside kitchen which was great fun. We visited Malaga by train ( from Pizarra station ) and went to the central food market and also the Picasso museum which are both amazing, the tapas and canas at a bar in the former are a total must. Ronda is amazing and has to be visited and we also went to the lakes at El Chorro which are spectacular and for the more energetic the 7.7km Caminito del Rey footpath has to be done! The only point to consider with the villa is that it is c. 2km up a track from either Casarabonela or from the main road and a vehicle with good clearance underneath is recommended - we had a Qashqai and no problem. Overall a fantastic week and would definitely return if Susie is still renting the property. Muchas gracias!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Absolutely first class in a stunning location , well equipped all you could wish for .

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                                                                                                      Fanatic holiday , perfect location garden and pool lovely , property well equipment spotlessly clear , everything worked , could have done with little more work space in Kitchen, microwave filled work top, very very minor criticism . Hope to return again, many thanks to owners would recommend anytime .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Clean and well appointed villa in a good location.

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                                                                                                      The Villa was perfect for our requirements, secluded and peaceful but not far from local amenities. Our hostess was on hand when we arrived with excellent info and left a good welcome pack with particularly delicious homemade marmalade, her communication after booking was perfect. The bedrooms are large, one with comfortable double bed and traditional storage, the second set up as a twin. We found the air conditioning essential due to high temperatures during our holiday. The bathroom is huge and well appointed with towels and basic toiletries, the hot water was reliable all week. The pool is clean, and though not massive was a welcome addition. We made full use of the large patio area, with loungers and table, barbeque etc. No complaints about the facilities. The local town has all you may require and the locals were friendly.Travel from Malaga airport is straight forward, but beware of sat nav, follow the hostesses directions!.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016