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Genal Valley

The Genal Valley is located between the Natural Parks of the Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park.

The valley of the Genal River is the territory of the Serrania de Ronda that has the largest number of municipalities, 15 out of 25 of the total. Although it gathers very few inhabitants (9000 approx.), its people struggle to cling to the earth. The emigration and th vegetative descent (fewer children per family unit) have meant a huge loss of population.

The people of the Genal Valley have maintained a rich natural and cultural heritage since time inmmemorial.

To appreciate its values it is convenient to visit all its towns: Pujerra, Igualeja, Parauta, Cartajima, Júzcar, Faraján, Alpandeire, Atajate, Benadalid, Benalaluría, Algatocín, Jubrique, Genalguacil, Benarrabá and Gaucín.

The Genal River rises in the most rugged foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves. In the town of Igualeja, a spectacular birth brings a crystalline flow to its bed. Its lenght is about 53 km.

Circulates to the north and east by the Sierras de Cartajima and Igualeja and south by Sierra Bermeja. It runs a course parallel to the Guadiaro, and at the height of Casares join to empty into the Mediterraneanl

Numerous streams of scarce flow pour their waters in to it: Gorgorte, Benamaya, Benajamuz, Almarchal…

On its banks grow the trees and shrubs of rivera: poplars, alders, willows, ash, oleander, ivy, some fern and the beatutiful flower of the widow.

Municipalities of Alto Genal

Municipalities of the Bajo Genal

Source of the River Genal - Genal Valley

Genal Valley from Algatocin


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