The Best Places to Go Swimming in Madrid 

Photo of Jessica Jones
18 January 2018

Whether you want to swim great lengths or splash around and cool down during Madrid’s hot summer months, we count down some of the best pools you should check out in the Spanish capital.

Indoor Pools

Centro Deportivo Municipal Escuelas de San Antón

This public pool is located in the central neighbourhood of Chueca, just off the Gran Vía. You can buy a season ticket or pay per visit. The 25 metre (82 ft) pool is split into six lanes so it is ideal for serious swimmers.

Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-7pm, €4.50 ($5.51)

Escuelas de San Antón | © Escuelas de San Antón

Centro de Natación Mundial 86

Madrid hosted the 1986 World Aquatics Championships and built a new swimming centre for the occasion. It is home to two Olympic-sized swimming pools as well as a diving pool, gym and sauna.

Mon-Fri 8.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm, €43.15 a month ($53)

Go fit Vallehermoso

Just north of the centre in the Chamberí neighbourhood of Madrid is this Vallehermoso sports centre, home to a 25 metre (82 ft) pool as well as a thermal zone with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

Mon-Fri 6am-midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm, €4.50 ($5.51)

Swimmers | ©12019/Pixabay

Outdoor Pools

Centro Deportivo Municipal Casa de Campo

Better known as Lago Pool, it has a 50m (164 ft) pool, a 33m (108 ft) leisure pool and a children’s pool and is a popular summer spot for families and groups of friends. You can easily make a day of it here, but prepare to queue to get in on weekends when it gets very busy.

11am-8.30pm (summer), indoor pool open Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm, €6 ($7.35) weekends

Casa de Campo pool | ©JasonParis/Flickr

Centro Deportivo Municipal Vicente del Bosque

Have a cooling dip with the cinematic backdrop of Madrid’s Cuatro Torres (Four Towers) skyscrapers at this popular pool complex. There are two 50-metre (164 ft) pools and a children’s pool that attract many groups of friends and families throughout the summer.

11am-9pm, €4.50 ($5.51)

Madrid’s Four Towers skyscrapers | @ondasderuido/Flickr

Centro Deportivo Municipal Peñuelas

Close to Embajadores in the Lavapiés neighbourhood of Madrid, this outdoor pool and the large, grassy space in the surrounding area is a popular spot during Madrid’s scorching summers. There are also plenty of picnic tables available, so take a packed lunch and spend the day there.

11am-9pm (summer only), €5 ($6) weekdays, €6 ($7.35) weekends

Rooftop Pools

If you’re looking for somewhere that is more of a glamorous relaxation spot, you should check out one of Madrid’s rooftop pools. Several hotels in the centre, such as Room Mate Oscar and Hotel Santo Domingo, have rooftop pools. Gymage, a gym in Malasaña, just north of Gran Vía, has a cool rooftop area with a bar and pool that, best of all, is free.

The rooftop pool of Hotel Urban | Courtesy Hotel Urban

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