Top ten: Spain’s best natural swimming spots

If the prospect of crowded beaches and noisy hotel pools is putting you off your summer holidays in Spain, The Local has rounded up ten amazing natural pools where you can chill out in peace.

Top ten: Spain's best natural swimming spots
Fancy taking the plunge in one of Spain's beautiful natural swimming pools? Photo: N4no/Flickr

Life’s a beach if you’re spending the summer months on Spain’s busy ‘costas’.

Ear-splitting chiringuitos (beach bars), kids kicking sand all over you and early wake-ups to pick a good spot before the beach mob arrives.

The same goes for hotel swimming pools: Germans and Brits engaging in ‘towel wars’, the overpowering whiff of coconut oil, and teens ‘pool bombing’ incessantly.

Not your idea of a relaxing summer break?

Maybe quieter natural pools are your thing!

Spain has a vast array of beautiful ‘piscinas naturales’ spread over its territory and islands, some tucked away in mountain ranges, others just a stone’s throw away from the jam-packed playas. 

GALLERY: Spain's top ten best natural swimming pools

The lake at Zahara de la Sierra in Cadiz is glorious for swimming Photo: Xavi /Flickr