Charco de Barranco Blanco. Río de las Pasadas. Coín
- Charco de Barranco Blanco (CANYONING)
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río de las Pasadas
- Municipality: Coín
- Coordinates: x: 344341 / y: 4053107 / z: 203 m
- Location: convoluted
- Access: complicated
- Swimming Potential: medium.
How to Get There
Locate the Puerto de los Pescadores pass, where the roads A-7053 (coming from Fuengirola), A-387 (coming from Mijas and Alhaurín el Grande) and MA-3303 (towards Coín) meet. On the latter road, take the southbound track between kilometre 4 and 5. Park in the first layby, as access is only allowed on foot during the summer season (from 15th June to 15th October) due to the risk of fire. Walk downhill through a pine forest with Mediterranean dwarf palms, cistus, mastics and junipers. After 2.3 km, you will reach the bridge that crosses the Alaminos River, where the pool is.
The footpath leading to the pool is very steep and slippery. Once you reach the edge you will be surprised by an 11 m high waterfall over a very polished tufa feeding a small crystalline pool. The seepage springs of the shady walls host an interesting colony of maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) and green mosses. Under the waterfall there is a small cavity. The surrounding vegetation consists of oleanders, canes and willows. If you would like to explore the higher course of the river, you can walk the PR-A 338 trail, starting from the bridge. The site has been declared a Unique Spot of the Province of Málaga.
The pool beneath the waterfall is not deep anywhere and it is easy to walk in, as the bottom consists of small very rounded pebbles. Be careful when accessing the grotto, as the ground is rather slippery. The pool that precedes it, of a similar size, is deep and you will not be able to stand in the water. Jumping from the rocks is not recommended. There are no comfortable places on the banks to lie on, but the rocks, which are very rounded, are good to sit on. To escape the crowds, we recommend visiting the area very early, at dusk or on weekdays.