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Charca de la Zúa. Río Guadiaro. Cortes de la Frontera

Diputación de Málaga

Charca de la Zúa. Río Guadiaro. Cortes de la Frontera

  • Protected Area: not included
  • Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
  • Main Watercourse: Río Guadiaro
  • Municipality: Cortes de la Frontera
  • Coordinates: x: 291754 / y: 4052535 / z: 344 m
  • Location: easy
  • Access: convenient
  • Swimming Potential: high.


How to Get There

From Cortes de la Frontera, take the A-373 towards the Cañada del Real Tesoro district, also known as Estación de Cortes. Look for the main street of this long hamlet stationed either side of the Campo de Gibraltar drovers’ road, and when you reach No. 135 go down an alley that takes you, between wooden railings, to the banks of the Guadiaro River, where you will find this magnificent pool framed by spectacular scenery.


Interesting Facts

Interestingly, this section of the Guadiaro does not flow along the eastern part of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park (although the Natural Park is only a few metres away), but it does mark the boundary between the municipal districts of Cortes de la Frontera and Benalauría. The pool lies above an artificial irrigation dam (weir) dating back to the period of Islamic rule, used to water the vegetable gardens growing on the floodplains. Nowadays, this great irrigation stream continues to fulfil its mission. There is a flat area to set up temporary camp shaded by some ash trees. From this wonderful location you can see the town of Cortes de la Frontera and Líbar’s rugged massif.


Please Note

In order to access the pool, you must carefully negotiate the step of the small dam.  The bathing area is large and is not too deep for an adult, except in some areas. The bottom is earthy, with few stones. There are some ropes that are fastened to an ash tree to jump from, but reaching it and the manoeuvre to swing from it requires a lot of dexterity, making it extremely dangerous. The riparian vegetation, consisting of poplars, ash trees, eucalyptus trees and Spanish cane, is very abundant, and we therefore do not recommend approaching these parts in case you get tangled up in them. The locals often visit it during the summer and especially on weekends.

Rivers and Streams