Charco del Infierno. Río Manilva. Casares
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Manilva
- Municipality: Casares
- Coordinates: x: 296809 / y: 4032008 / z: 100 m
- Location: convoluted
- Access: complicated
- Swimming Potential: medium.
How to get there
Access is from the A-377 (Manilva-Casares) road. Take the second exit from the existing roundabout just after leaving the AP-7 at the turn off for Manilva/Casares, following the signs for the quarry and the industrial estate. Turn left under the AP-7 motorway flyover along the dirt track to the Baños [Baths]. To facilitate traffic in the summertime a car park has been provided so that visitors may continue on foot to the Hedionda baths. Continue walking parallel to the River Manilva along the PR-A 162 (Casares-Manilva) footpath. Where the footpath fords the river on the right, continue along the riverbed itself, past the scenic Charco de la Paloma, which you will recognise by the irrigation stream cut into the rock face. Some 100 m further upstream, after clambering over the jumble of large stone blocks, you will reach your objective. The distance between the Hedionda baths and the pool is around 1.5 km.
This is an idyllic river pool nestling in a gorge surrounded by Karstic formations, where additionally the river cascades down several entrancing waterfalls. Despite the short distance from the Charco de la Paloma, reaching this pool requires certain agility to leap from rock to rock. There are no places to stretch out or sit comfortably and the sunshine only filters down during the middle of the day. A rope hangs over the pool to swing from. The pool is normally no deeper than an adult.
Unfortunately, for some years now and somewhat perplexingly, when the summer arrives the river stops running and the pools begin to dry up over time. Because of this and to enjoy the area to the full, it is best to visit on the hottest days towards the end of the spring. Jumping from the rocks is not recommended. Climbing up the waterfalls is arduous and not without its complications, so it is best to photograph them from the pool or from its edge.