This is a family day out so load the car with kids, football, dogs, barbeque, food and a good book. You will not be disappointed. Do not worry that it is getting late on in the year the park is incredibly hot during the summer. Autumn, preferably after the first rains, when it is cooler, is the best time to appreciate the foliage.
Los Pedregales park is one of Estepona's secrets. Set in the foothills of Los Reales the park preserves the natural fauna and flora of the area. Paths wend their way between the natural outcrops and the flowers, shrubs and herbs that you would expect to find in the more remote regions of Andalucia surround you. Perfect for those who cannot walk far yet enjoy the wild. For those looking for an inexpensive retreat then check out the camping site or the new purpose built wood chalets.
To keep the kids amused there is a large children's play area and a small venta from which you can buy ice cream, drinks and so on. There is also a delightful stream running through the park that is ideal for paddling. Older children may appreciate a game of patanka in the purpose built patanka pit or a game of football on one of the smooth grass areas.
Hardy types, on warm days, can also take advantage of the new swimming pool and paddling pool that was finished this year. For those who want a bit of culture, newly opened this year is a replica of a Bronze Age dolmen. The original was found during the excavations for the toll road a couple of kilometres away and it was carefully moved to Los Pedregales and reconstructed to house a small museum.
Dotted around the park are barbeque areas. If you do not have your own use one of the brick built affairs provided for you. Settle down beneath the shady trees and just enjoy the peace.
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