Charco de las Pepas. 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: 286291 / y: 4046338 / z: 200 m
- Location: easy
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: high.
How to Get There
Starting from the road crossing through El Colmenar, Avenida de Santiago, turn left before reaching the square onto a street where there is a sign pointing the way to the Guadiaro River and the school, among others places. Park your car at the end of Calle Lepanto and walk down a short path to the riverbank, where you will find the Charca de las Pepas. The pool takes its interesting name from the women who used to come here to wash their clothes.
The bathing area is a short distance from Los Alcornocales Natural Park and separates the municipal districts of Cortes de la Frontera and Gaucín. There is no doubt that this excellent pool, which is rather large, is one the best in the Serranía de Ronda. There are several places where the water is not too deep and there is a beach with plenty of shade and even some thatched umbrellas. An adventure tourism company has installed a platform on a eucalyptus tree with a zip line. Please do not climb the platform if the instructor is not present. The graceful movements of large gypsy barbel (Luciobarbus sclateri) can be enjoyed in the shallow areas.
We recommend arriving early to choose the best spot. If you walk up the river among ash trees, willows and oleanders, you will reach the Charca del Molino, which can also be accessed from Calle Molino. Next to these bathing areas there are other less frequented but equally interesting pools, such as the Charca del Cancho and the Charca de la Curva. In all these areas, the riparian vegetation extends beyond the banks of the river, so be careful not to get tangled up in any submerged branches.