Near to Despeñaperros, the Cimbarra Falls is one of Andalusia's most impressive waterfalls, with its over 40 metre drop. It is flanked by two limestone cliffs on which the turbulent river water has left its mark before taking the headlong plunge.
There are two ideal spots to see this waterfall: from the natural wells of Las Calderetas, at the the foot of the fall, or from the pathway known as the Plaza de Armas - the "Parade Ground". Alongside the plunge pool stand the ruins of an old flour mill. At the different tiers of the cascade you can see outcrops of quartzite, sandstone and slate, the most spectacular geological features of the region, which have been caused by the water's erosive action on the rock. Around the cascade there are also the remains of primitive settlement including cave drawings.
The river Guarrizas, whose waters feed the Cimbarra Falls, has its source in the south of La Mancha. The river is calm in its early phases and as it passes by Aldeaquemada. Then it reaches the first rough country leading to the cascade, and its waters start to become more turbulent. This natural beauty spot is located two kilometres from Aldeaquemada, one of the towns that form part of the Nuevas Poblaciones de Sierra Morena. The town draws together Castilian and Andalusian architecture, and the main square is home to two major monuments: the parish church and, opposite it, the old town granary, now the Town Hall.
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