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Guadaiza Dam

Water Dams in Málaga

The Guadaiza Dam & Reservoir

The Guadaiza reservoir is located between the coastal towns of Marbella and Benahavis, just few minutes from San Pedro de Alcantara. The Guadaiza Dam is situated in the Guadaiza river, near the Loma of Hives (Loma de las Colmenas).

The Guadaiza river runs saws down starting from the Port of Trincheruelas by a landscape of great beauty and lush vegetation.

Other places near the river with natural important for its fauna and vegetation can be the Sierra de las Apretaderas, the Ravine of the Chaparreras, El Pimpollar, the Glen of the Horn, Umbria’s Guadaiza, and so on.

Wildlife: snakes, lizards, dragonflies, galapagos, frogs, martin fisherman, mallards, the Blenio river or fish friar, and so on.

Flora: oaks, gall oaks, pines, ferns, brooms, etc., etc.

The purpose of this dam is to capture the water from the river Guadaiza, its small streams and tributaries stream and transport it through a tunnel with a capacity of 16 m3 / s and length of 9.5 km to the La Concepción Reservoir in Marbella. This is called a “Bypass Dam”

The Guadaiza Dam also collects the water from the Guadalmina and Guadalmansa rivers.

The type of the Guadaiza Dam is Gravity and straight plant, has 23,50 m. height above foundation and a coronation length of 106 m.

The reservoir basin covers an area of 40 km. The Guadaiza dam transferred approximately 12 Hm3./year of water to La Concepción reservoir in Marbella.

The Guadaiza dam has fixed lip and 6 vains.

The dam has an easy and open access to the public.

“Do not forget to respect the natural environment of the reservoir”

Dam of Guadaiza - Benahavis

Presa de Guadaiza - Embalse de Guadaiza - Pantano de Guadaiza

Presa de Guadaiza - Embalse de Guadaiza - Pantano de Guadaiza

Presa de Guadaiza - Embalse de Guadaiza - Pantano de Guadaiza

Dams are important systems for water supply. This one in particular makes it possible to the Costa del Sol to have water during summer. They are also of ecological importance because of their biodiversity. This section of the Guadaiza river hosts a significant gallery reverbank forest of mainly willows. Forests that occupy the slopes of the dam are frequented by roe deers. The river and backwaters are homes for ducks, grebes, kingfishers, herons and sandpipers, among other species. It is the perfect place to quietly enjoy birdwatching.


3 comentarios

  1. Juan escribio:

    Juan creo que te lavas poco cuando criticas los embalses, luego si te falta agua en tu casa espero que no te quejes.

  2. Domingo Marquez escribio:

    Lo de “respetando su entorno natural” se refiere a que todos los visitantes debemos respetar el entorno. Poco vamos a poder hacer ya con el “desastre medioambiental” después de más de 20 años de la construcción de la Presa de Guadaiza.
    Desafortunadamente con la construcción de las presas y sus embalses se alteran los ecosistemas, entornos naturales, habitats, biodiversidad de los ríos, parques, etc…
    Por cierto, esta zona del Embalse de Guadaiza creo que está declarada como Lugar de Interés Comunitario, formando parte de la Red Natura 2000.

  3. Juan escribio:

    Lo de “respetando su entorno natural” supongo que se comenta en tono irónico. La presa supuso un desastre medioambiental para los ecosistemas del río, partiéndolo en dos, reduciendo su caudal en el curso bajo hasta hacerlo desaparecer buena parte del año, acabando con la población de anguilas y permitiendo la llegada de especies invasoras animales y vegetales. El Estudio de Impacto Ambiental fue de risa, reduciendo su comunidad faunística a “perdices, conejos y jabalís”, cuando el río alberga importantes poblaciones de nutria, pez fraile, bordallo malagueño y libélulas protegidas por la legislación autonómica, estatal y europea.

    Un saludo

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