Charco de Pontoco. Río Genal. Gaucín
- Protected Area: not included
- Watershed: Mediterranean Catchment Area
- Main watercourse: Río Genal
- Municipality: Gaucín
- Coordinates: x: 293633 / y: 4041311 / z: 79 m
- Location: easy
- Access: convenient
- Swimming Potential: medium.
How to Get There
Taking the A-377 (Manilva-Gaucín), you will reach a bridge over the river Genal between kilometres 21 and 22. The lane leading to the pool is to the right just after you cross the bridge on your way to Gaucín. After a short drive through the floodplain, you will find the pool and space to park.
From this point, the Genal leaves the rugged landscape behind, becoming broader and wider as it flows through the gentle hills and clay farmland. The Pontoco pool is made every year by means of a small earthen dam. You can spread your towel out under the shade of white poplars, willows and tamarisks. In this stretch of the Genal, apart from Spanish cane, there are some common alders (Alnus glutinosa), a species which is only found in the province of Málaga in the Guadiaro basin. Storks (Ciconia ciconia) often come up here from the Campo de Gibraltar in search of food.
The pool is large enough to swim from one end to the other. It is not usually too deep for an adult to stand in the water. As in other freshwater pools, a rope hangs from a tree to swing from and plunge into the water. Please bear in mind that this can be dangerous. Towards the end of the summer the pool begins to show signs of drought and the amount of water taken from the river for irrigation purposes.