Charco del Pontón Alto. Río Grande. Tolox
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main Watercourse: Río Grande
- Municipality: Tolox
- Coordinates: x: 332007 / y: 4063659 / z: 207 m
- Location: easy
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: medium
How to Get There
From Alozaina, follow the A-366 (Ronda-Málaga) road towards Coín and, after km 46, turn right onto the first track, marked by a small hut containing rubbish skips. Once on the dirt track, it is best to park in the layby and walk. However, if there is any space left, you can also park next to the pools. If you decide to continue along the track, it is worth going to the nearby hydroelectric power plant of San Augusto, with equally useful space to park.
All you have to do is walk the distance of one kilometre along the track that runs parallel to the Grande River, which is always on your left guarded by a precious gallery forest. The first pool suitable for swimming is under a bridge providing access to neighbouring farms. A few metres further on, you will pass the ruins of the hydroelectric power plant of San Eugenio. You will then come across a dam with a further two pools: one below the small bridge and another above it, which has been dammed with stones to increase its depth. Immediately afterwards, the river crosses a narrow passage known as Pontón Alto. Here lies the prettiest pool.
This is a traditional bathing area frequented in the summer by locals and foreigners. The first pool is the largest and visitors usually sit under the shade of the bridge. Be careful, the middle of the pool is deep. Further on, the two pools located upstream and downstream from the dam are ideal for small children, as they are usually fairly shallow and easy to access. The last pool, which is very close to the two preceding pools, is that of Pontón Alto. As mentioned above, it is nestled between limestone cliffs and, throughout most of its length, the water is too deep to stand in. Jumping from the rocks is not recommended.