Spain


Cascada El Cioyo (near Vegadeo, Asturias)

Location

  • Approx 20km east of Vegadeo between the villages of Arco and Branatuille. It is quite well signposted

Grid Ref

  • *****

Features

  • Spectacular waterfall and large pool underneath. What more could you ask for?

Hazards

  • Some apparently say the water is a bit “nippy” and the walk down does need to be taken with care. If I told you there were ropes it would make it sound difficult but it really wasn’t.

Date

  • 27th August 2017

Embalse Beznar (nr Grenada)

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Another fantastic location, but whats this………….

Fortunately despite have several spanish classes over the years I’ve never really picked up the language!

Location

The reservoir takes its name from the nearby village of the same name which is approx. 50km south of Granada in southern Spain. We just followed the road and then track downhill from the village of Chite. Some parts of the reservoir have fencing around hindering access although there are quite a few holes.

Grid ref

TBC

Features

Another beautiful setting!

Hazards

None really. Although as a flooded valley is might have some underwater obstacles and someone might come and tell you off.

Date of swim

July 2013

WHY? You are not meant to swim in this is beyond me.

 


Embalse de Campanillas (nr Malaga)

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

What a location for a swim. It even has a road going straight into it!!

Location

Ok. I’m not actually sure this is the right name or place. If so its near the village of La Yesca approx. 20km north of Malaga.

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TBC

Features

Another beautiful setting, easy parking and you can literally almost drive into the water!

Hazards

None really. Although as a flooded valley is might have some underwater obstacles.

Date of swim

July 2013

What spot!!

 


Embalse de Virnuela (nr Malaga)

(FIVE  TRUNK  location)

Whats that? No not the pedalow the monster like object!

Location

Near a village of the same name approx. 15km north of Malaga.

Grid ref

TBC

Features

Beautiful setting, easy parking and easy access (and Pedalows!)

Hazards

None really. It was a bit hot when you got out of the water so I guess thats why all the locals were under the trees.

Date of swim

July 2013

Ben, Stephen and Digger (the “girls” were in the pedalow!)


 River Eo (Las Vegas, Asturias)

Location

  • Follow the N-640 as it follows the River Eo to the south-west of Ribadeo. This spot is c 1km east of the main by the bridge between Las Vegas (no joke) and San Tirso de Abres (no joke).

Grid Ref

  • *****

Features

  • Its got everything. Parking, easy access to the water, which is deep and shallow, fast and gentle to suit all needs. It even has concrete diving boards.

Hazards

  • Diving boards (and the occasional local who just jumps off the bridge.

Date

  • 24th and 26th August 2017

 


River Eo (near Ribadeo, Asturias)

Location

  • Follow the N-640 as it follows the River Eo to the south-west of Ribadeo. This spot is located immediately adjacent to the road in what is called Rufugio Eesteira where there is a strange footbridge. The nearest village being Vilelas to the west.

Grid Ref

  • *****

Features

  • Good stretches of deep water and plenty of fish (I think this is an exclusion zone for fishing)

Hazards

  • Too many fish?!

Date

  • 23rd August 2017

 


River Eo (near Ribadeo, Asturias)

Location

  • Follow the N-640 as it follows the River Eo to the south-west of Ribadeo. This spot is located by the washed away bridge (see below) which can be accessed by turning east off the N-640 down a minor road. If you are navigating by Sat Nav it will probably show the bridge as still existing but don’t believe it (see below).

Grid Ref

  • *****

Features

  • Easy parking (the road is now a dead end) and easy/gentle access to the river. Only just sufficient water for a swim (at the time I didn’t realise that there were a lot better places upstream!)

Hazards

  • Remember that the bridge has been washed away so don’t drive into the river. There was a large dog associated with house on the east bank but it didn’t give me any bother.

Date

  • 23rd August 2017

 


 River Suaron (Vegadeo, Asturias)

Location

  • Approx 2km east of Vegadeo (“smelly town”) along the AS22 before you pass the village of Armeirin. Its actually signposted as a swimming spot.

Grid Ref

  • *****

Features

  • Parking, easy access to water, shallow and deep water (although a bit limited) AND an adjacent picnic area.

Hazards

  • I guess it might get busy, but it wasn’t when we visited.

Date

  • 26th and 27th August 2017