Río Chillar

Hike and Waterfalls in Málaga

The Chíllar River is a river located in the east of the Province of Málaga, Spain and enters Mediterranean Sea just west of the town of Nerja. Walking up the Chíllar River is a popular excursion from nearby towns as it provides a scenic walkway in the crystal clear water, with nice waterfalls, which is a great way to cool down in the heat of the summer. The route is most suitable for walking during June, July and August, as there is plenty of shade, plus the river to keep you cool. The scenic hikes take you through narrow gorges and pebbly riverbeds.  The hike is roughly 16km long round trip sand you should allow at least 5 -6 hours if you plan to do the whole walk.

The river is normally ankle deep, but may be up to a foot deep at times. At 4 kilometres into the park the river runs through three narrow crevasses in the mountain just 1 metre wide but more than 20 metres deep.

The walk up to the Vado de Los Patos or Duck’s Ford pool starts at the “los Almachares” asphalt road. At 8 kilometres the “Vado de Los Patos” pool is fed by a small waterfall, and provides a place for swimming. Above El Vado de los Patos the going is harder. About 2 kilometres higher the river crosses La Presa, which holds a reservoir that feeds irrigation channels that run along one side of the river valley.

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Visiting Río Chillar


24 Hours



Address: Rio Chillar 29780 Nerja Málaga Spain
Duration: 5 hours

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