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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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                                                                                                  Relaxing rural retreat

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                                                                                                  We have just stayed at this lovely villa with beautiful views. The owners are extremely welcoming and very helpful when needed but at the same time gave us all of the privacy we looked for in a relaxing break. The homegrown vegetables were a lovely treat. We will definitely be returning and would recommend this villa to anyone wanting a peaceful holiday, with a lot of amenities a few minutes drive away. Jayne and David
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                                                                                                  Great property in an interesting town. The landlady was excellent - nothing was too much trouble.

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                                                                                                  Enjoyed our stay very much, living mainly on the roof terrace which had a great kitchen facility so eating up there was easy. Bathroom/shower rooms were well equipped as were the bedrooms - we wanted for nothing and the house was immaculately clean.
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                                                                                                  Rocabella Villa La Torre - a blissful location in the stunning Spanish mountains

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                                                                                                  My wife and I have just returned from a week's stay (4th to 11th June 2016) at Rocabella Villa Torre. we both fell in love with the villa from seeing the pictures on the website. And on arrival, we weren't disappointed. The villa is truly authentic with a magic 'old world' appearance. Inside the villa we found a well equipped kitchen, lovely living areas and wonderful bedrooms - with the master bedroom including a fantastic balcony looking out to the stunning mountain and valley scenery. The garden is well grown and kept and again offers a wonderful initial view from the terrace and barbecue areas. The main focal point of the garden is the swimming pool (professionally cleaned half-way through our stay) which is also fed by a waterfall operated on a timer at various times of day to give that true outdoor feel. The pool is large and ideal for some light exercise. And again, it's all about the views, as you can look out over the valley scenery from the deep end of the infinity effect pool. Small minor point is that the pool is not heated, which was OK in June, but perhaps not in the Winter! This the only reason the score is not 5 out of 5. The main reason for the holiday was for my wife and I to be together and have a week of relaxation. The quiet, secluded and private villa allowed us to achieve this - only seeing the pool cleaner, the staff at the local supermarket, and the staff at Rocabella Restaurant all week! We have returned from our holiday relaxed and with fantastic memories of an outstanding villa and location. Overall, we would highly recommend the Rocabella Villa La Torre and are looking forward to returning at some point in the not-too-distant future.
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