Ten incredible natural swimming spots in Spain

Ten incredible natural swimming spots in Spain
Photo: View of the Embalse de Guadalhorce in Malaga. Photo: Kent Wang/Flickr
The Local has rounded up ten amazing natural pools in Spain where you can take a dip without having to risk the crowds at the pool or secure a socially distanced spot on the beach.
Spain has a vast array of beautiful piscinas naturales spread over its territory and islands, some tucked away in mountain ranges, others just a stone’s throw away from the jam-packed playas

Here’s our top ten favourites swimming spots in Spain.

Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park, Castille–La Mancha.

A collection of fifteen lakes set within a natural park in the plains of La Mancha. Natural waterfalls, crisp, clear turquoise waters in an area rich in flora and fauna. 

Charco Azul. El Hierro, Canary Islands

Created naturally by flowing lava, these fresh water turquoise pools offer protection from the crashing waves of the open sea just beyond the rocks. Charco Azul is one of dozens if not hundreds of natural pools dotted along the volcanic coastline of the eight Canary Islands.

La Pedriza, Madrid

Just one hour’s drive from Madrid near the town of Manzanares El Real, this is where madrileños in the know go to escape the heat and cool off with a tip in the cool fresh waters of Madrid’s river.  A series of natural rock pools just perfect for jumping into. 
 
Photo: Nicolas Vigier/Flickr
 
 
 
Less than an hour’s drive north-west of Malaga and a world away from the bustling Costa del Sol is this reservoir. With it’s soft sandy banks this is a great place for swimming, kayaking and enjoying nature.
 
Photo: Francisco Escalera/Flickr

Garganta de los Infiernos, Extremadura

These rock pools are at the far western end of the Sierra de Gredos mountain range in Spain’s Caceres province. Just the right spot to cool down after a hike. 

Vía Verde de la Terra Alta, Catalonia 

Photo: Calafellvalo/Flickr

A 24 km stretch of cycling track south of Tarragona in Catalonia, this forms part of Spain’s network of Vias Verdes (green ways), disused railway lines which have been revamped as natural trails. 

On the Vía Verde de la Terra Alta you can take a break from cycling for a refreshing dip in the Canaleta River, which runs alongside the route.

Fuentes del Algar, Alicante

Photo: N4n0/Flickr

When you get fed up of fighting for a space on the beach in Benidorm, head inland for the tranquility of these natural springs. Undoubtedly one of the jewels of Alicante province.

Termas A Chavasqueira, Galicia

Photo: Rumbosur/ Flickr

These free thermal baths are in the city of Ourense. A series of natural hot pools on the bans of the River Miño. 

Zahara de la Sierra, Cádiz province, Andalusia

A reservoir beneath the beautiful Andalusian town of Zahara de la Sierra. Swimming in its cool waters while staring up at the white washed houses clinging to the hilltop crowned by a Moorish castle. Unforgettable.

Pantano de San Juan, Madrid

The Madrid region was awarded a blue flag for its stunning Virgen de la Nueva beach on the San Juan reservoir.


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  1. I’m confused….aren’t some of these places closed or “prohibited” because of Covid restrictions on freshwater swimming?

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