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Parque Ardales

8.8

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General

  • Wooded site on the banks of the Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir
  • Well-placed for hikes on the popular Caminito del Rey trail
  • Sandy beach on the lake with swimming pier and boat hire

That lake – gorgeous colours, sí? If those are the kind of vistas you could live with for a little while, plot a course to Parque Ardales, right next to Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir and 15 minutes’ drive from El Chorro.

Watery glimpses through the pine trees can be had from many shaded spots on this site, with plenty of places for full-on gazing as well – from the strategically-placed picnic tables, perhaps, or the little sandy beach (from where you can also dive in to the water if the urge takes you).

Plenty of activity is on offer too – there are canoes and boats for hire, and you’re close to several fab hiking trails. There’s direct access to the Mirador del Somormujo hiking trail, and the Caminito del Rey trail (one of the most popular in this scenic locale) is easily accessed too. If you fancy delving further into the scenic surroundings, staff on site can offer advice on local canyoning, climbing, horse riding, fishing and paragliding.

But don’t feel compelled to spend all your time out and about – stick about on site for a game of padel tennis. It’s likely you’ll not want to stray far from your rural retreat for eats either, so you’ll be chuffed to hear that the mini market is well stocked and there’s a communal barbecue area for guests’ use (although note that you’ll need to check with staff first for safe cooking in this woodsy area).


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8.8

Overall rating based on 36 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

  76% described as Spectacular scenery ?

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Lovely staff and great location on the lake, the shop …03/07/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJR L.Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely staff and great location on the lake, the shop onsite was really cheap and had all you need!

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Beautiful site with plenty of activities locally. Very helpful staff.18/05/2022

Reviewer's country: SpainAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This area is stunningly beautiful with interesting small white mountain villages dotted around with places to eat or just sit to have a coffee or beer all within an hour’s drive of the site. It’s an ideal location for walkers and cyclists. The pitch which we were allotted was idyllic with lake views from the front and the back of the tent. Due to it being relatively early in the holiday season the site was not too full and therefore quiet. We pitched up and spent 9 nights and 10 days in a very relaxing atmosphere. The site is ideally situated to visit many of the local points of interest and also travel that little bit further to the sea. We took our dog and the site was ideal as there were plenty of walks around. Kayaking around the lake was fun with spectacular views and scenery although with the cross winds a little challenging at times. All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would definitely go back and recommend it.

    Disliked: 

    Maybe a few more ladies toilet facilities for the high season, it was fine while we were there but I think could get very busy in the height of the summer.

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Worth the visit29/04/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNathan C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely surroundings, very clean amenities, level areas for camper vans

    Disliked: 

    Roads abit unmade to pitchesl

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The location10/04/2022

Reviewer's country: SpainAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The location

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Lovely forest site with good facilities and helpful staff.31/03/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMelanie G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely pitches in the forest, helpful, friendly staff, close to Caminito del Rey, very peaceful.

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Peace, beauty and cleanliness, although when full in the height …22/02/2022

Reviewer's country: GibraltarCarol R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peace, beauty and cleanliness, although when full in the height of season, this would not be for us, the pitches are not private and I imagine the shower blocks are full with queues.

    Disliked: 

    Shower was small, no where to put your dry things...

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Will not return ☹️16/02/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Peaceful Location

    Disliked: 

    No Shop or Take Away as shown available on Pitch Up. Booked in advance and still paid 16:50 Euros

From the manager...

Thank you for your comments. But we don't understand you because you book online and you had paid for your reservation, nothing more.

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Clean facilities, route onto pitches rough and challenging27/01/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomWendy H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location for doing the Caminito del Rey
    Showers good and clean
    Toilets clean

    Disliked: 

    Pitch size ok but access road and route onto pitch is almost impossible on some of the pitches including the one we where on.
    No chemical emptying point does say this on pitch up but I didn’t check as assumed with all the other facilities they would have one.
    Our van is 7m long.
    WiFi just around reception area.

From the manager...

Thank you for your comments. We would like to say you that we have 2 chemical emptying point, one of them behind toilets and showers of the zone 2. And another next to showers and toilets of the zone 1. We are sorry you didn't ask to the reception, we had explained you where is it.

Regards.

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Excellent site, clean, friendly.11/01/2022

Reviewer's country: SpainAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Fully-serviced earth motorhome pitch (pinewood)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Site, area, cleanliness, quietness, staff.

    Disliked: 

    Shop was closed and there is no WiFi.

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your comments. We are sorry the signal of Wifi don't arrive everywhere, because It's difficult due to forest.

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Beautiful site - 100% will visit again!27/09/2021

Reviewer's country: GibraltarAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric earth tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Loved it!

    We’re two amateur campers - this was perfect for our first time camping in Spain! The site was lovely, clean, spacious, easy to find, staff were welcoming and helpful, and there was a great mix of experienced and less experienced campers while we were there. 100% will visit again.

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Thank you so much for your comments.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Barriada de los Embalses, Zona 1, Ardales, Malaga, Spain, 29550
  • Timezone Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT+02:00)   GPS 36.9203°N 4.8039°W

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Local attractions

Hikers are well served around these parts – ramble around the lake or take to the eight-kilometre Caminito del Rey, which uses boardwalks and tunnels to navigate around, along and through the area’s gorges.

For an insight into local wildlife, head up to Lobo Park, 45 minutes’ drive away, for a guided tour to see the native wolves up close. Close by, the El Torcal Natural Park is a fab place for a hike through strange-looking rock formations (and keep your eyes open for fossils as you roam too).

Around an hour away are the town of Antequera (to see the prehistoric dolmen and the medieval Alcazaba) and the seaside resorts of Marbella and Málaga.

  • Does Parque Ardales have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Parque Ardales dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Parque Ardales? Hikers are well served around these parts – ramble around the lake or take to the eight-kilometre Caminito del Rey, which uses boardwalks and tunnels to navigate around, along and through the … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Parque Ardales?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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