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Guadalmedina in Málaga
The Guadalmedina in Málaga
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Location of the mouth of the Guadalmedina
Physical characteristics
 - locationSierra de Camarolos,
 - location
Mediterranean Sea
 - coordinates
36°42′23″N 4°25′33″W / 36.70639°N 4.42583°W / 36.70639; -4.42583Coordinates: 36°42′23″N 4°25′33″W / 36.70639°N 4.42583°W / 36.70639; -4.42583
 - elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length47 kilometres (29 mi)

The Guadalmedina (from the Arabic wādi, “river” + medina, "city"; River of the City) is a river that runs through the city of Málaga, Spain. Historically, it has played an important role in the city's history, and has divided the city into two halves. The city’s historic center is located on its left bank.


The Guadalmedina has its source at the La Cruz Peak, in the Sierra de Camarolos mountain range, and it is 47 kilometres (29 mi) long. It reaches the Mediterranean in the center of the city of Málaga and flows through the Montes de Málaga Natural Park.[1]

It is a river subject to high seasonal variations and has five well defined tributaries which have their sources in the Montes de Málaga range, the Arroyo de las Vacas, Arroyo Chaperas, Arroyo Humaina, Arroyo Hondo and Arroyo de Los Frailes. All of these rivers are dry most of the year. Located in the mountains, the Limonero Dam on the Guadalmedina provides water for the area.[2]

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