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Ardales Spain.jpg
Coat of arms of Ardales
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Municipal location in the Province of Málaga
Ardales is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°52′40″N 4°50′41″W / 36.87778°N 4.84472°W / 36.87778; -4.84472Coordinates: 36°52′40″N 4°50′41″W / 36.87778°N 4.84472°W / 36.87778; -4.84472
Sovereign state Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
ProvinceFlag Málaga Province.svg Málaga
ComarcaComarca de Antequera, Guadalteba
 • MayorJuan Calderón Ramos
 • Total106 km2 (41 sq mi)
445 m (1,460 ft)
 • Total2,493
 • Density24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
WebsiteOfficial website

Ardales is a town and municipality in the Province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. The municipality is approximately 62.5 kilometres from Málaga.

On the hill above the town is the historic church and higher still are the ruins of the Ardales Castle. At the peak of the hill is the hermitage Ermita del Calvario. The infamous Caminito del Rey is nearby.

A paper published in 2021 disclosed that the Cave of Ardales (cueva de doña Trinidad Grund) contains pigments deposited by Middle Paleolithic Neanderthals some 64,800 years ago.[2][3]


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Pitarch Martí, Africa; et al. (August 2021). "The symbolic role of the underground world among Middle Paleolithic Neanderthals". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118 (33): e2021495118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2021495118. PMC 8379954. PMID 34341069. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Spanish cave art was made by Neanderthals, study confirms". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 2 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.

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