Visiting Ardales in February
Ardales is a small white village of 2,600 inhabitants, winding streets and whitewashed houses located about 450 m above sea level in the North-west of the province of Málaga, about 50 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol and 63 km from Marbella.
I will tell you what activities are on Sunday February 5th, but continue reading to find out why this is a place that worth a visit all year round, and a lot!
Ardales is a beautiful town with some of the most important natural and archaeological sites in the province. The town lies at the foot of a steep hill on which are still preserved the ruins of an ancient fortress.
Just 5 km from the village is situated the Trinidad Grund Cave, with Paleolithic cave paintings, which can be visited by appointment. Also located nearby are the ruins of the Moorish castle Bobastro.
But Ardales is probably best known for its spectacular nature: The Gaitanes Gorge, very popular among nature lovers, hikers and climbers; and the Natural Park of the Guadalhorce reservoirs.
Sounds good enough? Let’s see what you will find if you decide to go the next Sunday.
Ardales festivity fair
This Sunday, February 5th, takes place one of the most traditional festivals in the village, the Feast of the pig slaughter, one of the gastronomic events in the province of Malaga. Visitors can enjoy for free all kinds of locally produced pork products such as sausage, salami, chorizo, meat portions and pork stew.
Also there are musical performances, a traditional product market and a craft market. This Souk in Ardales, with completely handmade products, takes place from 10 am until 5 pm.
Apart from enjoying the party, stroll around the lovely and well maintained old town.
Getting to Ardales:
This wonder is less than an hour from the main municipalities of the Costa del Sol. It is worth a day trip to discover the enormous beauty and variety of the province, a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the coast.
Ardales is 50 kilometres from Malaga on the A-357 and 63 km from Marbella on the A-355 and A-357.
Assuming you are getting there from the Costa del Sol, take the A-7 road until the exit towards A-357 (Cártama and Parque Tecnológico). Follow the A-357 until the exit sign of Ardales.
In the following map you can see the route that you must take to go by car.