Charco de las Mozas. Río Guadalmina. Benahavís
- Charco de las Mozas (CANYONING)
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Guadalmina
- Municipality: Benahavís
- Coordinates: x: 317466 / y: 4043461 / z: 108 m
- Location: easy
- Access: complicated
- Swimming Potential: medium.
How to Get There
Finding this freshwater pool is quite easy. Access is from the road leading to Benahavís, the A-7175, at km 6.2. It is best to park just below the village and walk along the footpath along the side until reaching the dirt road leading to the pool. Another option, with a 1.5 km walk, consists of parking next to the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rosario and following the delightful Angosturas footpath, which runs along a walkway parallel to the river, next to the road.
The beauty of the Angosturas del Guadalmina path and its proximity to the great Costa de Sol conurbation make this natural pool one of the most popular and visited pools in the province of Málaga. If we add to this that this is where one of the most attractive and easiest canyoning descents in Andalusia begins, the reader will appreciate just how many people visit this beauty spot and just how much public access to this area needs to be controlled. The pool itself is a formidable and very deep swimming hole that can only be reached by jumping or climbing down a set of steel rungs. There is not much space to linger and there is direct sunlight throughout most of the day.
Be careful if you decide to jump. It is high enough to warrant extreme caution should you decide to do so. If you have a helmet, a thin wetsuit and a 6 m rope to belay your descent at a small dam, you can go down the Guadalmina canyon, which starts at this pool and ends at the Charco de los Tubos, also frequented by swimmers. The name of this pool comes from some disused pipes lodged in the rocky wall. This route takes about 2 hours. These spectacular karst canyons and their darkest recesses are most satisfying to explore. However, to enjoy the route safely, visitors are well advised to hire the services of an adventure tourism company. The return journey can be made on foot along the pedestrian footpath running parallel to the road.
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