Natural seawater pools have all the benefits of the beach and a swimming pool. There are many of these pools across the Canary Islands and they are simply wonderful.
The calm natural seawater pools are one of the many attractions we can find in the Canary Islands. Some of Europe’s most beautiful natural pools are in the Canary Islands. With deep blue waters, you can bathe at these beauty spots, some of them sheltered by interesting natural formations.
Nature is your best ally if you want to take dip, alone or with your friends and family, in one of these pleasant, stunning spots, which are neither a beach nor a swimming pool, but both things at once! You have to visit them if you come to the Canary Islands (we are definitely longing to visit, as the magic of the islands envelops you as soon as you step off the plane!). Find a cheap flight to the island you fancy the most –Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura– and don’t forget to pack your swimming costume!
Roque Prieto (Gran Canaria)
You can’t come to the Canary Islands without visiting these two natural pools with crystal-clear waters, which are like a haven next to the rough sea. At Roque Prieto the Atlantic Ocean is tamed, and the water is renewed regularly. To get here you have to go to the town of Santa María de Guía and slowly leave the hustle and bustle behind until you arrive at this unique spot, away from the crowds.
Los Charcones (Lanzarote)
If you come to Lanzarote, you should plan your visit well so you don’t miss anything, from spectacular sunsets to tasty treats. But you should also make sure you have enough time to visit the natural pools on the south of the island, not too far from the lively Playa Blanca. Los Charcones are beautiful pools surrounded by rocks, situated in an extremely peaceful spot. And the best bit is that there is an abandoned hotel which is totally Instagrammable! There are several pools and some of them are quite deep, so you can jump right in!
La Maceta (El Hierro)
El Hierro is a very special place. It’s like the end of the world with a Canarian accent and breathtaking unspoilt scenery. La Maceta is one of such places. It’s a spectacular natural pool situated in the municipality of Frontera, in the Valley of El Golfo, offering an amazing view of the ocean. It’s the perfect place to bathe any time of day, but you definitely shouldn’t miss the beautiful sunset. It’s easy to get to, there is a car park and a large solarium where you can relax when you come out of the water. What more can you ask for?
Charco Azul (El Hierro)
El Hierro boasts a wealth of stunning pools overlooking the ocean, with calm, cold water. The lava and swell have carved out these pools over millions of years, and now the people of El Hierro can enjoy an idyllic location, Charco Azul, where they can take a dip, safe from the waves, and enjoy the beautiful view over the horizon. A must when you visit the island.
Puertito de Lobos (Fuerteventura)
The island of Fuerteventura is completely unique, a land out of time with its own character. Here you can immerse yourself in the slow pace of Canarian life as you discover wild and unspoilt places, sheltered from mass tourism. One of these spots is Puertito de Lobos, situated on Lobos Island, a 20-minute boat ride from Corralejo. It’s a place of stunning natural beauty: natural seawater pools with calm, crystal-clear waters, ideal for snorkelling or simply enjoying a day out with the family on a small island where time seems to stand still.
Piscinas de Bajamar (Tenerife)
Situated in the picturesque town of La Laguna (where the historic quarter is a World Heritage Site), in the north of Tenerife, these amazing urban pools have all the services you need to enjoy a great day outdoors. Piscinas de Bajamar are an urban water park with lifeguards and well-maintained facilities, where you can enjoy the view of the waves breaking on the dyke as you bathe in the pool. Perfect for spending the day in the water!
Charco azul (La Palma)
The first thing you’ll notice when you get to Charco Azul, on the beautiful and wild island of La Palma, is the colour of the water. For a moment you might forget you are in the Canary Islands and think you have been transported to the Caribbean. Situated in the north of the island, in San Andrés y Sauces, at this nature spot you’ll be able to enjoy the good weather, with laurel forests as a backdrop. Suitable for everyone, here you’ll also find a children’s pool, showers and changing rooms, which will enable you to spend the whole day outdoors.
Salinas de Agaete (Gran Canaria)
Salinas de Agaete are easy to get to and have a car park nearby. This inviting seawater pool reminds us of a medieval fortress, and it’s a real treat to be able to take a dip in such an original and breathtaking spot, which offers a view of the cliffs of the northwest of the island. There’s something special about watching the waves break against the concrete walls. This spot is perfect for snorkelling, but you must be careful: the three pools have different depths and if the sea is very choppy it may cover the walls. If that’s the case, it’s not advisable to go swimming.
Charco de Los Chochos (Tenerife)
One of the many things you shouldn’t miss when you come to Tenerife is Charco de Los Chochos, in the municipality of Los Silos. The sea has eroded the rocks and created beautiful formations, and its natural setting is stunning: sheltered by cliffs, with amazing views (on a clear day you can even see Mount Teide in the distance). You can bathe at Charco de Los Chochos almost all year round as the weather is usually good.
Got your swimming costume ready?