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Swimming in the crystal-clear natural pools of the Canary Islands

Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic is always a pleasure. But when you swim in one of the strikingly beautiful natural pools of the archipelago, where the Atlantic Ocean relaxes and the sun shines every single day of the year it becomes an unforgettable experience. These enclosed spaces where water seeps in naturally from the sea is a must for all the visitors who are looking for authentic perfection.

There are numerous natural pools throughout the islands. We have listed our top ten below. Welcome to paradise.

Charco Azul – One of the most spectaculars spots in El Hierro

Charco Azul is without 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 the unique volcanic flows. Created naturally by flowing lava, this area 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 else can you possibly discover an uninhabited pearl of the Atlantic Ocean that was once a sea lion’s playground? This treasure of land and sea has become one of the most popular 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 wanting to dive in and stay for a very long time.

El Caletón de Garachico – A family spot in one of Tenerife’s charming towns

The Atlantic surrounds and soothes the area of El Caletón, in the north of Tenerife. Just beside the San Miguel Castle and with the imposing presence of the famous rock, symbol of the Garachico eruption in 1706, this area of pure lava offers the perfect combination of the open sea and calm rock pools, perfect for the whole family. Not only does a swim in El Caletón recharge your batteries 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 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. This natural pool was awarded an international prize in 2013 for its features such as steps, railings, changing rooms, security measures, green areas and parking.

Punta Mujeres – Diverse family pools in Lanzarote

Two kilometres of multiple diverse natural swimming pools make Punta Mujeres, in the north east of Lanzarote, a reference point on the island. In a fishing villa of white houses that still maintain the traditional of the area, visitors and residents of all ages will be able to enjoy the perfect mix of sun, lava and delightful ocean. Evidence of human presence is only seen in some access steps and sunbathing areas. The rest is pure nature topped with a sprinkle of salt.

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, never crowded and far away from the noise of the town, have diving areas up to three meters deep. The ocean refreshes their water constantly and it is so clear that you can see every detail of the rocky floor. A must-see spot for natural pool fans!


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Aguas verdes – An alternative treasure in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is synonymous with endless white-sand beaches. However, the west coast, with its rough seas, hides 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.

Charco del Conde – The most family-friendly natural pool in La Gomera

If you’re looking for a quieter bathing spot for kids in La Gomera, this is definitely the place for you. At high tide, this pool, located in Valle Gran Rey, provides a pleasant lake for children of all ages to enjoy. When the tides start to go out, children can have loads of fun in a pool safely 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, you will find four of them in Charco del Viento. This is the most popular swimming area in La Guancha and one of the most well-known in the north of Tenerife. Even though the force of the sea enters at times, the beauty and contrasting natural colours of the area allow safe bathing in different parts, with some sandy areas and rocky parts ideal for sunbathing. Don’t forget the magnificent Teide views just behind you!

La Fajana – Three delightful natural pools in the northeast of La Palma

There are many beautiful natural pools in the Canary Islands but very few are like these three, where you can easily jump from one to the other. One of the best examples is found in Barlovento. The paths that circle the complex of these three pools allow you to move quickly and bathe in the crystal-clear waters without fearing the danger of 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 Telegraph.

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  1. I’ve always seen myself as a Canaries expert. As I knew nothing of these beautiful clear pools I’m going to have to think again.

  2. Why do people swim in hotel swimming pools with all their chemicals when they’ve got the option of clear natural pools like these?

  3. Swimming towards views of Mount Teide beats swimming towards the mural on the wall at my local health club.

  4. We toyed with the idea of doing a Canaries cruise round about now.

    Now that I’ve seen these pools I don’t know why we didn’t go through with it and book.

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