Cool off at one of our top 5 open-air pools in Barcelona

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Whether you're looking for a classic pool or something more unusual, you're bound to find something to suit in our rundown of Barcelona's top open-air pools.

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Fancy a swim al fresco, but without braving the beach? Have no fear – Barcelona has some pretty amazing outdoor pools!

1. The sporty one: Club Natació Atlètic

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The Club Natació Atlètic de la Barceloneta pool, on Sant Sebastià beach, is one of Barcelona’s best. Surrounded by palm trees and with plenty of deckchairs for a spot of sunbathing, it also boasts a view of the sea!

  • NB: the pool is more oriented toward “serious” rather than recreational swimming.

Why? For its ideal location
How much? Adults: around 13 euros; children aged 4-10: around 7 euros; under 4s: less than 4 euros
When? Every day. Monday-Friday 6.30am – 11pm, Saturday 7am – 11pm, Sunday 8am – 5pm (October to May) or 8am – 8pm (May to September)
Where? Plaza del Mar (Barceloneta)

  • Métro: Barceloneta (L4)
  • Bus: 17, 39, 64

2. The impressive one: the Montjuïc pools

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The Montjuïc facility boasts two large pools, and is best-known as the venue for the diving events at the 1992 Olympics. The Montjuïc site is now open to the public, allowing even non-Olympians like us to enjoy the two legendary pools overlooking the city.

As the pools were created for the Olympics, there is a grandstand, but very little space for sunbathing around the pools.

Why? For its spectacular views over Barcelona
How much? Adults: around 7 euros; under 5s: free; children aged 6-14 and over-65s: around 5 euros
When? 29th June – 26th September, Monday to Sunday, 11am – 6.30 pm
Where? Avinguda de Miramar, 31 (Montjuïc)

  • Métro: Plaça Espanya (L1, L3), then take the escalators on Avinguda María Cristina.
  • Bus: 55, 150 y 13
  • Funicular: from Paral·lel, for the price of a normal public transport ticket

3. The big one: Can Dragó lake

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The pool at Can Dragó is the biggest in Barcelona, earning it the title of “lake”. With a surface area of almost 3000 m2, you’re bound to find space to swim!

The pool is surrounded by lawned areas, and is ideal for children, with a maximum depth of 1.3 m (4’3″).

Why? For comfort
How much? Around 7 euros
When? In summer, Monday to Friday 7am – 10.45pm, Saturday 9am – 8.45pm, Sunday and public holidays 9am – 1.45pm
Where? Rossel i Porcel, 7 (Sant Andreu)

  • Métro: Sant Andreu (L1)
  • Bus: 36, 62, 96, 97, 104, 132

4. The salty one: the Fòrum bathing area

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The Fòrum bathing area is a shallow salt-water pool facing the sea. It is particularly suitable for disabled swimmers. For more information, see the “disabled swimmers” paragraph of our article on Barcelona beaches.

Why? For the salt water
How much? Free
When? All year round
Where? Parc del Fòrum (Sant Martí)

  • Métro: El Maresme-Fòrum (L4)
  • Bus: 7, 36, 41, 141
  • Tram: Selva de Mar ou El Maresme-Fòrum (T4)

5. The family-friendly one: Torre de les aigües

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you: there really IS a beach slap bang in the middle of Barcelona. No, not Barceloneta… This is the Torre de les aigües!

Obviously, it’s not a real beach, but it does have sand and a bathing area, situated in a square surrounded by residential buildings.

The facility takes its name from the tower in the middle of the square, which formerly provided water to inhabitants of the quarter. A shallow pool has been built around the tower, perfect for little ones to play in and for bigger ones to cool their tired feet.

Why? For family fun
How much? Under 2 euros, free for under-1s and over-65s
When? Late June to early September, Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm (except Saturdays in August: 10am – 3pm), Sundays and public holidays 10am – 3pm
Where? Roger de Llúria, 56 (Eixample)

  • Métro: Girona (L4)
  • Bus: 39, 45, 47

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