Charca de la Ermita. Río Guadiaro. Jimera de Líbar
- Protected Area: Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Guadiaro
- Municipality: Jimera de Líbar
- Coordinates: x: 296167 / y: 4059997 / z: 397 m
- Location: easy
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: high.
How to get there
From Jimera de Líbar, follow the MA-8307 road towards Cortes de la Frontera and Benaoján. Before reaching the junction, take the lane from km 6.5 leading to the Estación de Jimera de Líbar district. Park your car on the main road and cross the tunnel that takes you to the other side of the railway line. The bathing area can be found above the RENFE station, outside the hamlet, by walking along the GR-141 (Gran Senda de la Serranía de Ronda) towards Benaoján. You can also get there by car by taking the viaduct over the railway line to the station building. The only inconvenience is that there are not many parking spaces.
In all likelihood, this is the first river pool used as a tourist attraction in the province of Málaga. There is a wooden walkway along the riverbank above the breakwater to help canoeists access the river. The surroundings are rather uneven and the recreational area is large and shaded by ash trees (Fraxinus angustifolia). Some blocks of carved stones have been installed, which are used as seats or tables. The pool is large and you can just about touch the bottom. Grey herons (Ardea cinerea), cattle egrets and even cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are often seen among the trees of the riverside forest. The Charca de la Cura is upstream, among eucalyptus trees.
We ask that you do not jump into the water from the wooden walkway, as the height is considerable. The pool, as we have pointed out, is rarely very deep, although this could change from one year to another. Care should also be taken with the current which, though not strong, may pose some difficulty for the younger members of the family. The pool is rather long and, upstream, it is hidden from view by the vegetation, so it is important to keep children within sight at all times.