Author: Anna MacDonald
The temperature soars in Barcelona during the summer and so you may find yourself in search of somewhere to spend time cooling off. Luckily Barcelona has plenty of swimming pools for you to relax by. Stay U-nique has selected the top 5 swimming pools in Barcelona for you to choose from!
Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc
The best public swimming pool in Barcelona if you want to get great views of the city whilst you are cooling down! You can follow in the path of champions whilst doing laps, as the pool was used for the diving events of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic games. The pool is reasonably priced at 6.50 euros for adults and 4.50 euros for kids. Note that there is only a small supply of sunbeds to hire (for 1 euro each).
CEM Parc de la Ciutadella
The outside, rooftop pool of the Ciutadella Municipal Sports Centre is situated right next to the park. The pool is long and shallow but the open space is very tranquil, perfect for relaxation. The entrance ticket lasts all day and gives you access to all the centre’s facilities, for example the sauna, gym and indoor pool. Entry costs €15 for adults and €7 for children between 6 – 18 years and the outdoor pool stays open until 8pm.
Llac de la Creueta de la Coll
This large swimming pool is set in a beautiful park! The park is a favourite among the locals and there are table-tennis tables, a snack cafe and picnic areas. The ‘Elogio del Agua’, a sculpture by artist Eduardo Chillida, is suspended on one side of the pool. Be sure to climb the paths upwards through lush vegetation and into the woodland at the top of the hill, from here you can enjoy a picnic with spectacular views!
Llac de Can Dragó
This is the largest pool in Barcelona at 15,000 m². The change in gradient in the pool is very gradual making this a perfect place to take children. There is also a big, grassy area for sunbathing and relaxation as well as an area with several services and a bar from where you can grab a snack after your swim. The pool is open to the public every day throughout summer (from June 20 to August 30) and the opening times are: 10:30 to 19:30h.
The scent of pine and the distant city sounds makes this swimming spot a very peaceful location. The sports centre also has climbing walls, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts and other facilities for you to enjoy. The shady grass area is the perfect place to sunbathe or enjoy a picnic. It is best to visit during the morning or evening during the week because it can get busy in the afternoons, while the best time to visit at the weekend is after 2pm.
Here is a map showing you the Top 5 Swimming Pools in Barcelona: