Water and river systems in the Genal Valley
As its very name suggests, the Genal Valley is dominated by the River Genal, the main tributary of the River Guadiaro, which eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea near to the famous holiday resort of Sotogrande, a few kilometres from Gibraltar.
The highest point above the valley at which water arises to eventually form the River Genal is a place called Fuente del Muerto near to the Ronda – San Pedro de Alcántara road. However, the official birthplace of the Genal is generally considered to be the junction of the Igualeja and Nacimiento rivers, partly because it is very attractive, with a cave from where the water “magically” appears, and has been turned into a tourist attraction with nearby picnic area and restaurant!
This said, there are multiple tributaries flowing into the River Genal and on both sides of the valley, often with waterfalls and natural pools that are beautiful to look at and tempting to swim in, especially in the hot summer months.