Charco Puente de San Juan. Río Genal. Algatocín
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Genal
- Municipality: Algatocín
- Coordinates: x: 299112 / y: 4049405 / z: 225 m
- Location: easy
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: high.
How to Get There
Whether you come from Algatocín or Jubrique, the bathing area is exactly where the MA-8305 road crosses the San Juan Bridge over the Genal River. There is plenty of space to park next to the Genal camp-site wall. If you are staying in the San Juan camp-site or eating in the Venta San Juan you can park in the private car park next to the restaurant. The pool is under the bridge and is accessed by a path leading from one of the corners of the bridge.
The pool is shared by Jubrique and Algatocín, as this stretch of the Genal acts as a boundary between the villages. This is one of the busiest bathing areas in the province of Málaga, visited by locals and tourists coming from the Serranía de Ronda, the Campo de Gibraltar and the western side of the Costa del Sol. This is encouraged by the different tourist facilities in the area. Upriver you will find the pools Picao, de la Tomilla and the idyllic Estrecho. In the opposite direction, downstream from the bridge, lie the pools Saavedra, at the mouth of the river Monardilla, and Piedra Lavá. Any of these deserve a visit because of their beauty, interest and proximity.
The pool is remade every year in the summer to increase its appeal. It is a decent size and in some places it is too deep for an adult to stand in the water. Channelled water flows into the edge of the pool at the centre with considerable force, and children have a wonderful time trying to swim against the current. People gather under the bridge, where there is always shade. Take care when crossing from one end to the other of the paved area, as the current in the canal is strong and the bottom is slippery.