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Freshwater pools of the Province of Málaga

Diputación de Málaga

Freshwater pools of the Province of Málaga

This book invites you to discover some of the small jewels in the landscape that are not usually found in Málaga’s guidebooks: the freshwater pools of its rivers. Without a doubt, these places have their own personality, each with certain characteristics that set them apart from the rest. The inhabitants of nearby towns and villages have always appreciated this, thereby providing so many of them with a name: Charco de la Virgen, Charco de la Olla, Charco de la Paloma...

These freshwater pools and swimming holes create spaces of great beauty and therefore become a favourite destination for hikers, even when they are very remote and difficult to reach. In the same way as an avid foodie is happy to travel long distances with the sole purpose of eating in a prestigious restaurant, the nature lover travels many miles over difficult terrain with the sole purpose of reaching a beautiful pool!

Simply admiring these pools from a distance is more than enough, but there are other ways to enjoy them, like swimming in them! In the summer they become a tourist attraction drawing people in to the interior of the province. Swimming in a freshwater pool as the sun beats down is such a pleasure, but please remember to take the necessary precautions when doing so.

Málaga can boast about its freshwater pools, as there are so many of them and they all have a unique charm. Some are well known and easy to access, and others are less so. These pages include many of them, from one end of the province to the other, located around the Grand Senda de Málaga. Each pool is very different from the next and, together, they form an extraordinary collection.

In line with its efforts to promote and add value to Málaga’s natural heritage as an exciting destination, the Provincial Council has published Freshwater Pools of the Province of Málaga in the hope that the people of all the villages and cities of Málaga, and its visitors, may explore these extraordinary places in our province and enjoy them to the fullest.

This free publication can be obtained in the following formats:

  • PDF Format: compatible with any PDF viewer such as Acrobat Reader.
  • Flash Format: available through the Calameo website for browsers with Adobe Flash.