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Pool of the Moor and Canyon of the Vulture Nests, Cortes de la Frontera (Unique Site)

Diputación de Málaga
Sendero Cañón de las Buitreras

Pool of the Moor and Canyon of the Vulture Nests, Cortes de la Frontera (Unique Site)


Recommended month to visit it: July.

The Charco del Moro, or “El Nacimiento” [the Source] for the country folk, is a natural spring that is found in the hidden setting of Las Angosturas del Guadiaro, scarcely 3 kilometres from the district of El Colmenar. It is a long pool, surrounded by rocky walls from which the subterranean water springs up. This source takes its cold waters from the Sierra de Líbar [the Líbar mountain range], and becomes one of the most important tributaries of the Guadiaro river. We meet with a beautiful and wild landscape that has been declared Natural Monument, which compels us to transit with great respect.


  • Trail start:   286467 / 4046479
  • Pool of the Moor (Charco del Moro):   288152 / 4046929
  • End of trail:  288098 / 4047126


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Moorish Pool is a kind of spring beside Canyon of the Vultures (Cañón de las Buitreras), and close to the Municipality of El Colmenar, which can be accessed from an asphalt forest road that starts at Cortes de la Frontera, or from the main road of the province, coming from the Town of Gaucín.

This stream is one of the most important water sources of the Guadiaro River, although its course is quite unknown. What is sure is that it flows through a gorgeous territory, and that it got classified and designated as ‘Natural Monument’ by the Andalusian Government.

After a short walk along a path created for this purpose you will approach this beauty spot. The winding path starts at a hydroelectric power station and goes upstream between the river and a railway, avoiding holes on the valley floor.

After two and a half kilometres, you will get to a wider part of the river flow called Charco del Moro (Moorish Pool), where a narrow canyon with steep walls, some of them 100 metres high, rises up.

Moorish Pool and its path towards Canyon of the Vultures compose one of the most special places of tourist offer of the Province of Málaga. At the concealed spot of Angosturas del Guadiaro and three kilometres away from the railway station of Gaucín, there is this natural monument, an attraction of inland tourism which is getting more and more popular.

The Municipality of Cortes de la Frontera, famous for cork production, was colonized by Phoenicians, Muslims, Jews, and, finally, Christians. Cork mining is the main and age-old source of incomes for the inhabitants of this small town.

In conclusion, all these delights of the area convey joy and splendor. There are oak forests, views of the mountain ranges Macizo de Líbar, the Sierras de los Pinos (Pine Mountains), and the Mountains of Blanquilla, Palo, and Benaoján. Running water, buds of a rich plant life, and lushness around the spring, all together, have participated in the creation of this marvelous spot that can win the heart of any tourist.

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