Ardales Country Houses

Enjoy rural tourism in Ardales

Discover the charm of Ardales, Málaga, in our country houses, where culture and nature intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Explore trails, savor local cuisine, and immerse yourself in history.

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Ardales Country Houses.

104 km²

Surface area of 104
square kilometers

55 M

Reservoir with a capacity
of 55 million cubic meters


Inhabitants known for their
welcoming hospitality

445 m

Altitude of 445 meters
in a picturesque setting

Ardales, a town steeped in history.

Ardales is a charming town in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and near the Guadalhorce reservoirs, it is a place with a rich history.

In the past, this place witnessed various cultures and civilizations. From prehistoric traces in the caves to fortifications built by the Celtiberians and later expanded by the Romans, Ardales has a fascinating history.

During the Arab era, Ardales gained importance, especially during the rebellion of Omar Ben Hafsun against the Emir of Córdoba in the year 880. During that time, the rock-cut settlement of Bobastro was constructed.

Later, in 1433, this town was taken by Castilian troops, marking a new chapter in its history. Today, Ardales remains a charming place to explore, where history and natural beauty intertwine in a unique way.

What to do in Ardales?

Caminito del Rey

Venturing into the legendary Caminito del Rey in Álora means exploring a thrilling trail with breathtaking views of the canyons.

Caminito del Rey - Ardales Country Houses.

Gaitanes Gorge

Admire the astonishing Gaitanes Gorge in Álora, a natural paradise with vertiginous landscapes and the Guadalhorce River.

Gaitanes Gorge - Ardales Country Houses.

Ardales Caves

The Ardales Caves in Álora will transport you through time, as these caverns are home to ancient prehistoric cave paintings.

Ardales Caves.

Bobastro Ruins

Discover the history of the Caliphate of Córdoba by exploring the Bobastro Ruins in Álora, an ancient settlement with a cave church and watchtower.

Bobastro Ruins.

Turón Castle

Uncover history at Turón Castle, a fortress that stands majestically. Explore its ruins and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

Turón Castle.

Guadalhorce Reservoir

Enjoy water activities like kayaking and swimming, or simply relax by its tranquil waters surrounded by nature.

Guadalhorce Reservoir - Ardales.

Ardales, heritage and historic sites

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Ardales Castle

An ancient fortress dating back to the Arab era, Ardales Castle offers spectacular views of the town and its surroundings, inviting you to immerse yourself in local history.

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Churches and Chapels

Ardales is home to several places of worship, including the Church of La Veracruz, the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, and the Chapel of Santa Brígida. These religious structures bear witness to the spiritual heritage of the community.

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Convents of Ardales

These are important religious sites in Ardales that reflect the rich spiritual tradition of the town. An example of this is Nuestra Señora de Flores.

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Panoramic Views of Ardales

Ardales offers numerous natural viewpoints from which you can contemplate breathtaking panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.

Craftsmanship in Ardales.

Craftsmanship in Ardales

In Ardales, craftsmanship reflects the rich local tradition. From wicker and esparto to crochet and bobbin lace, discover the authenticity of craftsmanship in this charming village.

Monumentos y lugares de interés en Ardales.

Monuments and Points of Interest in Ardales

A cradle of history with Turón Castle, the Convent of Our Lady of Flores, and the Prehistory Interpretation Center in Ardales, witnesses of bygone eras.

Festivals and Cultural Events in Ardales.

Festivals and Cultural Events in Ardales

Participate in traditional events such as Holy Week, San Isidro, Ardales Fair, Matanza Festival, Pilgrimage of the Virgin of Villaverde, and Our Lady of Villaverde Festival.

Ardales Cuisine.

Ardales Cuisine

Taste typical dishes like kid and lamb stews, caldereta, and pastor-style lamb, which delight palates with their authentic flavor.

A Private Retreat Nestled in Málaga, Andalusia

Unique Features

Unparalleled Privacy

Each villa comes with its own private pool, allowing you to enjoy moments of serenity with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and hills.

Stunning Gardens

Stroll through our meticulously maintained gardens, a sensory delight with lush vegetation and beautiful native flowers.

Modern Comfort

Immerse yourself in authentic Andalusian life, with typical architecture that blends tradition with modern amenities, ensuring a relaxing and comfortable stay.

Essential Services

Nestled in a natural setting, you'll have nearby access (within a 15-minute drive) to restaurants, medical facilities, supermarkets, and other essential services.

Explore Ardales

Distance from Málaga
1h 10min

Altitude above sea level
445 meters

106,51 km²

2 520 hab.

Ardaleño, -a

Postal Codes

Ardales Town Hall
Plaza de la Constitución, 1, Ardales, 29550
(+34) 952 45 80 87

How to get to Ardales

FAQs about Ardales

Q. Where is Ardales located?

A. Ardales is located in the province of Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southern Spain.

Q. What does the word Ardales mean?

A. The name Ardales has Roman roots and Mozarabic nuances, but its exact meaning is not definitively documented.

Q. What is the history of Turón Castle in Ardales?

A. Turón Castle is an ancient fortification dating back to the Arab era. Throughout its history, it has witnessed different periods and events, and today, its ruins serve as a reminder of its historical past.

Q. When was the Convent of Our Lady of Flores in Ardales built?

A. The Convent of Our Lady of Flores dates from the sixteenth century and was restored in the eighteenth century.

Q. What can be learned at the Prehistory Interpretation Center in Ardales?

A. At the Prehistory Interpretation Center in Ardales, visitors can explore and learn about the prehistoric traces of the region, including archaeological findings and details about the life of ancient civilizations that inhabited this area.