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The Best Holiday Swims In Spain

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Updated: 25 November 2016
Wild swimming is the new holiday trend, so instead of enduring chattering teeth and goosebumps along the shores of the Atlantic, why not head to the Mediterranean for cool dips in lakes and rivers under the sun? Many of these places were chosen from the book Wild Swimming Spain by John Weller and Lola Culsán, which features over 150 locations, perfect for open water swimming in the sunshine. Here are our favorite spots for a holiday dip in Spain.

Vies Braves, Costa Brava

Keen swimmers will love Costa Brava’s sea swimming lanes, known as the Vies Braves. A series of open water swimming and snorkeling tracks that follow the coastal paths, they provide a safe passage for those wanting to explore the shore from a different angle. The project began in 2014 and now comprises 25 lanes in 20 towns across the region.

Costa Brava
Costa Brava | © GR92/Flickr

Riera de Merlès, Barcelona

Approximately 117 kilometers north of Barcelona, the river winds its way through sandstone cliffs, creating deep, refreshing pools, perfect for open water swimming. As well as pools for jumping and diving, there are protected sections of the river where you can see wildlife, such as otters, kingfishers, trout and catfish. One of the best places for swimming is close to the Càmping Riera de Merlès.