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When temperatures rise in Barcelona, there are only two places to be: on the beach or sat around a swimming pool. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of a private pool, luckily there are a number of fantastic outdoor public swimming pools which can easily be accessed from the city centre. Here’s our pick of the best:
Perched on the slopes of the Montjuïc hill, this municipal swimming pool was reconstructed for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where it served as the main site for the diving and water polo competitions. It offers some of the best views in town and was famously used in pop-artist Kylie Minogue’s 2003 video clip for her song ‘Slow’.
📅 July 2nd – September 4th, everyday 11am-6:30pm
📍 Avinguda Miramar, 31, Barcelona
The ideal destination for those of you who can’t quite decide between sea and swimming pool, the bathing area by the Parc del Fòrum is a natural salt water swimming pool. Enjoy al the benefits of the sea water with the convenience of a swimming pool infrastructure, including steps to help you in. Completely free of charge, this is one of the most unique swimming spots in Barcelona.
📅 Open access all year round
📍 Muelle de la Marina Seca, C/ De la Pau, 12, San Adrian del Besós, Barcelona
This ‘artificial lake’ is the largest swimming pool in Barcelona, covering a whopping 2960 m² and ranging from 0.10m to 1.30m in depth, making it the perfect spot for a fun day trip with family or friends. The pool is surrounded with comfy green areas ideal for sunbathing or playing games in the sun, leaving bathers to feel as though they’ve found their very own oasis within the city.
📅 June 18th – September 4th, every da 10:30am-7:30pm
📍 Av. Meridiana, 390-395, Barcelona
Another great choice for those who can’t quite decide between the beach or the pool, the Club Natació Atlètic of the Barceloneta is located on the thin strip of land that makes up the tip of the Barceloneta. A popular gym regularly frequented by locals, here you can enjoy all the convenience of a pool but with that distinctive beach-side atmosphere. There are two outdoor pools, one for leisure swimmers and one for more serious swimmers wishing to do lengths.
📅 Mon-Fri 6:30am-11pm Sat 7am-11pm Sun 8am-5pm
📍 Plaza del Mar, Barcelona
Located near the trendy Gracià neighbourhood to the northwest of the city, the Parc de la Creueta del Coll is a former quarry which was transformed in 1987 following what had been a controversial attempt to build flats on the site. Instead, the area was transformed into a public park with a pool at its heart, as well as number of works of art, including Eduard Chillida’s impressive sculpture ‘In Prise Of Water’.
📅 Everyday 10am-6pm
📍 Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, 77, Barcelona
Also located on the iconic Montjuïc hill to the south of the city, the Piscinas Bernat Picorell offer both indoor and outdoor bathing areas, suitable for both leisure swimmers and more serious swimmers. There are a number of activities organised both indoors and outside which you can take part in if you become a member, and membership will also grant you access to the Municipal Swimming Pool of Montjuïc, mentioned above.
📅 June 24th – September 11th Mon-Sat 9:30am-8:30pm Sun 10am-7pm
📍 Carrer l’Estadi, 30-38, Barcelona