We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Excellent day out for the family, the kids love swimming in the lakes and riding on the pegalos

When my kids come from England for a holiday they much prefer to visit the lakes rather than the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Great to visit.

Twice visited the lake. Go for car park 3. 2 euros to park plus 1 euro per person. Picnic tables... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Clifford L
via mobile
Read all 186 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good36%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“el chorro” (10 reviews)
“hidden gem” (5 reviews)
“get away” (4 reviews)
Ardales, Spain
Write a Review
Reviews (186)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my kids come from England for a holiday they much prefer to visit the lakes rather than the coast. There are plenty of places for a picnic and also good restaurants nearby, like El Kiosko.Parking can be a problem in the height of summer...More

Thank Sheffield13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Twice visited the lake. Go for car park 3. 2 euros to park plus 1 euro per person. Picnic tables and shade aplenty. Water assault course 10 euros per person. Pedalos 14-18 euros per hour for 4-5 people. Lovely to swim in. Get there early...More

Thank Clifford L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved swimming in the lakes...hiring a pedalo...good hikes and few restaurants with great views and delicious food!

Thank ManolaBristol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are various places that you can stop within the Parque Ardales but I would highly recommend going to La Isla. There you will be able to park for a small entrance fee. 1euro per car and per adult and 50centimos for children. The also...More

Thank Limahe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great day out! We read reviews beforehand & decided on La Isla. €1 entry each and the same to park - a real bargain considering the facilities - toilets, picnic benches & free bbq's. Hiring of kayaks, pedalos & a fun water inflatable...More

Thank Nicky C
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We drove up to Ardales from Coin and entered the National Park by the North access to El Chorro. We parked up at Zone 3 which cost us 1 euro for the car and a further euro each per adult. Get there before 11.30am as...More

1  Thank marsandbob
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I have to the Malaga lakes several times, it's only 1 hour drive from where we live on the Costa Del Sol. But it is still little unknown to visitors on holiday, it is beautiful and a great day out We go to La Isla...More

Thank Clive1508
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We visited Zone 3, €1 for the car & €1 pp, we also rented a Pedlo for €13 ph which was great fun. The guy in the reception was friendly enough & surprisingly drinks & snacks etc where not over priced. We wished we had...More

Thank Laurence S
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Love this region. Lovely scenery and great for walking/hiking. Plenty of small towns and villages where you can get good local food and drink and at reasonable prices. Plenty to explore.

Thank Geoff W
Reviewed 7 April 2017

These stunning lakes are well worth a visit and for us preferential to the chaotic beaches of the costa del Sol for swimming and recreation. We hired pedalos to entertain the kids and at 12 euro for 2 hours it was well worth the money...More

Thank Wilderness101
Nearby Restaurants
Restaurante El Mirador
501 reviews
.80 km away
Rocabella Restaurant
60 reviews
6.52 km away
La Bocacha
21 reviews
7.82 km away
Bar El Millan
35 reviews
6.08 km away
Nearby Attractions
El Caminito del Rey
1,820 reviews
4.43 km away
Villa Padierna Thermas De Carratraca
14 reviews
7.83 km away
Embalses Guadalhorce-Guadalteba
72 reviews
.69 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Yoann B
8 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Laurence S | Reviewed this property |
We took our dog & no problem just need to keep them on a lead
7 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from mike o | Reviewed this property |
Head to ardeles but just stay on main road do not go in town then next turning takes you into the lakes. Drive on then for 3kms til you see lakes on left and then as soon as you enter forested area it's in your let left... More