Charco de la Virgen. Río Grande. Tolox
- Charco de la Virgen (CANYONING)
- Protected Area: Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Grande
- Municipality: Tolox
- Coordinates: x: 328057 / y: 4060050 / z: 466 m
- Location: convoluted
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: medium.
How to Get There
Travel to Tolox on the A-7250 road, a branch of the A-366 (Ronda-Málaga). Once in the village, head for the through road and cross the town from beginning to end, until you end up at the car park next to the Balneario de Fuente Amargosa baths. Take the local path leading to the Charco de la Virgen, 2.3 km away.
The pool is in the Río de los Caballos, one of the tributaries of the Grande River. At the beginning of the walk you will find the elegant building of the Fuente Amargosa baths, open between the months of June and October. It is the only one in Spain specialising in kidney and respiratory tract diseases. The agüistas or spa-goers inhale the gas released by its waters, declared of public utility in 1906. The path runs close to the riverbed, which means that you can walk down to the banks in various places, especially to the dykes, where you can swim in some places. The path ends at the Charco de la Virgen, a striking place where the river rushes down a 20 m high waterfall.
Although it is not very deep, which may vary from year to year depending on the spates, it is a large enough pool to swim in. The rocks at the base of the waterfall are covered in algae, so be very careful not to slip. The pool is surrounded by stones and boulders, making it impossible to spread a towel out. The place is quite shady, as the sun only filters down a few hours a day. The local path leading to this pool can be combined with a 10 km circular walk, which also sets off from the baths in Tolox, offering views from the bottom of the Salto de la Rejía, an impressive 51 m high waterfall.