Alcalde del Excelm. Ayuntamiento
Sr. D. Juan Calderón Ramos
Coordinates for GPS
• Latitude: 36º 52’
• Longitude: 4º 50’
• Surface: 110,10 km²
• Altitude over sea level: 445 m
• district: Guadalteba
• Distance to Málaga: 52 km.
• Middle temperatur during the year:
• Residents: 2.660
• Next villages: Carratraca, El Chorro, Alora, Casarabonela, Teba, Campillos, Cañete la Real.
Árdales is situated in the area of confluence of the natural districts la Serranía de Ronda, la Campiña de Antequera and el Valle del Guadalhorce. Its highest hills are el pico del Grajo (1239 m) in the Sierra de Alcaparaín in the south and la Sierra de Ortegícar (963 m) in the northeast of the district. The rivers Guadal¬horce and Turón, whose waters come from the barrier lakes of Guadalhorce, Guadalteba and Conde del Guadalhorce, cross the ground.
Limited in the north by Teba and Campillos. In the east by Antequera and Alora. In the south you find Carratraca and Casarabonela, and in the southeast is El Burgo and more to the west, Cañete la Real.
The origin of Árdales starts in the prehistory. In its grounds they discovered objects of the stone age; axes of silica, needles of bones and some others relicts of this era, but the most interesting discovery were cave-paintings in the cave of la Calinoria, also called “Doña Trinidad Grund”, about 5 km away from the village.
In the age of the Roman, they builded a castle and defenses, called Peña de Árdales. The village was build around it.