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Charco del Infierno. Río Campanillas. Almogía

Diputación de Málaga
8 Charco del Infierno. Río Campanillas. Almogía

Charco del Infierno. Río Campanillas. Almogía

Rivers and Streams
  • Protected Area: not included
  • Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
  • Main Watercourse: Río Campanillas
  • Municipality: Almogía
  • Coordinates: x: 365538 / y: 4076821 / z: 151 m
  • Location: easy
  • Access: convenient
  • Swimming Potential: medium.


How to Get There

Starting from Málaga, take the A-7075, a secondary road joining the capital with Antequera. Just next to kilometre 18, turn left onto a dirt track leading to a wide esplanade and a section of the old road. From here, you will be able to see the now abandoned bridge a short distance away. There is plenty of space to park here. An informative poster on the zebra mussel invasion serves indicates that you are now at the tailwaters of the Casasola reservoir. Walk up the riverbed a short distance, and in a few minutes you will reach a narrow stretch where this elongated and beautiful pool lies.


Interesting Facts

The pool could not have a better name, since it is nestled in a small canyon surrounded by blocks of limestone and marl, which allow glimpses of its dark waters constricted by tall walls, giving it a rather sinister appearance. Although the river usually dries up by the middle of the simmer, the pool stays full all summer long. There is nowhere to stretch out or sit comfortably, nor is there any shade, as the sun filters down for much of the day. Strong floods prevent the presence of riparian vegetation. Ray-finned fish (Pseudochondrostoma willkommii) can be seen beneath the water, and even the well-camouflaged terrapin.


Please Note

The bathing area consists of a natural pool with the widest space in the first section.  It is approximately 40 m long and, throughout much of its length, the water is too deep to stand in. In the summer, the waters appear calm and the pool is so deep you cannot see the bottom, which may be unsettling for some people. Swimming in this small canyon is an unforgeable experience. At the end of the canyon, the riverbed becomes wider, although it is narrower than at the other end. Jumping from the ledges in the walls of the canyon is not recommended.  The site has been recognised by the Provincial Council of Málaga as a “Unique Provincial Spot”.

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