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10 dream-worthy locations where you can swim in the natural pools of the Canary Islands

Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic is always a pleasure. This experience turns into something truly unforgettable when you swim in one of the strikingly beautiful natural pools of the Canary Islands. With most of us confined to our homes for the past month, it’s safe to say that we could all use a Canary Islands holiday right now. So, we’ve come up with a solution. If we can’t go on holiday, we will bring the holiday to you. Courtesy of Turismo de Canarias, here are 10 dream-worthy locations where you’ll find natural pools for you to enjoy online for now, but hopefully to experience for real once normality returns. Charco Azul – One of the most spectaculars spots in El Hierro Charco Azul is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular bathing spots in El Hierro. Located in El Golfo, a magnificent valley along the rugged coastline, this pool is one of the finest examples of unique volcanic activity. Created naturally by flowing lava, this zone doesn’t just invite you to bathe in its turquoise pools, but also to relax, refresh and recharge yourself. Puertito de Lobos – An islet with incredible views of Fuerteventura Where can you possibly discover an uninhabited pearl of the Atlantic Ocean that was once a sea lion’s playground? Puertito de Lobos is a treasure of both land and sea and has become one of the most appreciated views of Fuerteventura. The clear waters of the pools contrast dramatically with the volcanic seabed. This, combined with the small fishing boats and the vast expanses of water in the area, leaves you with a desire to dive in and stay for a very long time. El Caletón de Garachico – A family spot in one of Tenerife’s charming towns In the area of El Caletón, Northern Tenerife, just beside the San Miguel Castle with the imposing presence of the famous rock, from the Garachico eruption in 1706, is an area of pure lava which offers the perfect combination of open sea and calm rock pools for the whole family. Not only does a swim in El Caletón recharge your batteries in saltwater, but also offers you the chance to see one of the most beautiful historic centres in the Canary Islands. Charco Azul – The natural pool in La Palma awarded an ‘Ecoplaya flag’ The Charco Azul in La Palma offers visitors a unique way to enjoy the sea. Based in San Andrés y Sauces, this natural pool is one of the prettiest boroughs in the north of the island. It’s a perfect setting to enjoy a day of sea and sun with the family in stark contrast to the rich greenery of the nearby laurisilva. Punta Mujeres – Diverse family pools in Lanzarote Two kilometres of numerous natural swimming pools make Punta Mujeres, in the north east of Lanzarote, a popular point on the island. In a fishing village of charming white houses that still maintains the traditional touch, visitors and residents of all ages will be able to enjoy the ideal mix of sun, lava and delightful ocean. The human touch is only evident in some access steps and sunbathing areas, the rest is pure nature! Roque Prieto – Bathing and relaxation spot in north Gran Canaria You can truly disconnect from the world at the Roque Prieto natural swimming pools. These two man-made pools close to Santa María de Guía are perfect for bathing in calm water on a coast known for its waves. The pools are never crowded and far from the urban noise. They also have diving areas up to three metres deep. The ocean refreshes their water constantly and it is so clear that you can see every detail of the rocky bottom. A must-see spot for natural pool fans! Aguas verdes – An alternative treasure in Fuerteventura Fuerteventura is synonymous with endless white-sand beaches. However, the west coast, with its rougher seas, houses some incredible treasures for those seeking something entirely different. Aguas Verdes in Betancuria, is the perfect example of the many unspoiled natural pools found in the Canary Islands: six kilometres of pools dotted along the coastline, where the priority is to relax and to chill-out. Charco del Conde – The most family-friendly natural pool in La Gomera If you’re looking for the quieter bathing spot for kids in La Gomera, this is definitely your place. At high tide this pool, located in Valle Gran Rey, provides a pleasant lake for all ages to enjoy. When the tides start to ebb away, children can have loads of fun in a pool that is always protected from the open seas. Charco del Viento – Swim with views of Teide in Tenerife If your idea of a great day out is to admire lava flows bathed by the ocean creating natural pools, then you’re in luck. You can find four of these pools in Charco del Viento. This is the most popular swimming area in La Guancha and one of the best known in the north of Tenerife. Even though the force of the sea enters at times, the beauty and contrasting natural colours of this area allow safe bathing in different parts, with some sandy areas and rocky parts ideal for sunbathing. Don’t forget to check out the magnificent Teide views just behind you! La Fajana – Three delightful natural pools in the north east of La Palma There are many beautiful natural pools in the Canary Islands but few like these three, where you can easily jump from one to the other. One of the best examples of it can be found in Barlovento. The paths that circle these three pools allow you to move quickly and bathe in the crystal-clear waters without being in the open sea.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. I loved Lanzarote and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back one day. We sadly haven’t been to any other places on this list so the travel itinerary is going to keep growing with destinations we’d like to visit. It’s amazing how beautiful some of these natural pools are, such crystal clear perfection. I love the water but I still much prefer the smaller natural pools than the open sea for some reason, perhaps because I’m not a big swimmer and being a little more enclosed feels calmer and safer. There’s definitely no shortage of choices. Some dreamy photos here too.

  2. Love the look of Charco Azul! I’ve never been to El Hierro despite visiting the Canary Islands many times. Charco Azul looks like reason enough to visit that island next time…

  3. As a new mom to a charming baby girl, I definitely would want to bring my baby anywhere I go, and yes, including vacations and travels. Charco del Conde is one place I would love to bring my baby to. The Canary Islands is a paradise, hoping to visit soon and create travel memories with my little one!

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