Water is the central character of this Stage, either as the string of endorheic lakes in the Natural Reserve of Campillos Lagoons or the splendid area of wetlands, where the Guadalhorce, Guadalteba and Conde de Guadalhorce reservoirs are located.
The surroundings are quite flat, slightly inclined towards the water surface, and mainly composed of earthen hills with occasional limestone formations and outcrops, and a few spots of emerging gypsum. The walk heads south from Campillos, with some twists and turns to visit lagoons or avoid cultivated fields and some infrastructures towards the end.
There is a succession of ascents and descents during the long 23 kilometres especially at the end. There are a couple of fairly steep slopes and a stretch of road.
This stage adds to the previous ones by giving you an almost complete picture of the lagoons in the northern part of the province of Málaga. At this stage you will visit directly 3 of the lagoons which are protected as part of the Reserva Natural de las Lagunas de Campillos and a couple more, which are not included in the network of protected natural areas. The landscapes, colourful and unexpected amidst the dry fi elds, are well worth the effort.
Next you arrive at the reservoir area, walking through the hills that separate the basin of the river Guadalhorce from the Guadalteba, crossing tributaries of both Arroyo Boquerón and Capitán respectively. The sandstone ridge planted with pine trees, which separates the Guadalteba reservoir to the west, and the Guadalhorce to the east, offers really picturesque views over the latter reservoir. The end of the stage, at the bridge that separates and unites at the same time the two vast sheets of water, could not be any more spectacular.