Fuente de los Cien Caños (the Fountain of the Hundred Spouts) – Source of the Guadalhorce (Natural Monument in the Province)
Natural Monument called Fuente de los Cien Caños (the Fountain of the Hundred Spouts) – Source of the Guadalhorce is placed on the chalky sides of the Sierra de San Jorge in Villanueva del Trabuco. The water flows along plenty of irrigation channels which are connected by numerous pipes or spouts. These springs create an impressive source of the Guadalhorce River.
The San Jorge Mountains are in the far east of the Camarolos Mountains, which are part of the chalky mountain range that goes from west to east through the Province of Málaga. This place is surrounded by a beautiful varied landscape with Mediterranean plant life such as olive and pine trees, holm oaks, bushes and scrub.
At the bottom of the mountains, there is Archidona fertile plain, made of low elevations and covered in cereals, olive groves, and orchards together with farm houses in the flat area. The water used for irrigation comes from the Sierra Gorda and the San Jorge Mountains. These and the Gibalto Stream form the Guadalhorce River, which is the longest and has the largest flow in the province of Málaga. It runs only in the inland, and, together with its tributaries, gathers water sources from more than a half of the province's surface. It goes through ten towns before it gets to the Mediterranean Sea to the west of the City of Málaga.
The river is also part of some other natural beauty spots like the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge and the mouth of the Guadalhorce.
Natural Monuments are places or parts of nature which are considered to be significantly unique, rare or beautiful, and therefore are to be protected.
Natural monuments can also be geological formations, palaeontological sites and other geological structures that are of special interest for science, culture or landscape. They can be geological, biotic, geographical, eco-cultural and mixed according to the criteria presented in Article 4 of the Government Decree 225/1999 with regulations regarding the arrangement and management of each of them.
The Council of the Regional Government of Andalusia has authority to establish certain spot or part of nature as a Natural Monument.