The sea practically takes center stage in summer but it is not the only natural way in which we can enjoy a refreshing swim. There are also natural pools and in Spain we also have some truly impressive ones. Many of them are in the mountains or far from the coast, but others are found close to the sea. This offers us two different spaces in one in which to choose and not get bored.
the blue puddle
In San Andrés y Sauces (one of the most beautiful municipalities in the north of the island of La Palma) you will find this ideal enclave to enjoy not only the sea and the sun but also the green of the laurel forest, a nearby prehistoric forest of great value. . Thanks to the characteristics of this puddle, it has become a true natural attraction. And it is that its large dimensions as it is protected from the waves, we must add its children’s pool with a smooth bottom; the little waterfall; the stairs; railings; solarium; showers; changing rooms; security measures; cleaning; vegetation and parking area.
Although it is an inland beach, without direct access to the sea, the Bay of Biscay is a few meters away and it slips under the cliffs. It is made up of white sand and salt water, is about 40 meters long and hardly has any sand left during high tide. In addition, it records a phenomenon called drainage when low tide begins. It is listed as a Natural Monument. Of course, it does not have any services and it is not easily accessible, since it is surrounded by meadows with higher altitudes. The nearest town is Naves and is reached through a farm road.
Blue puddle (El Hierro)
Charco Azul, in El Hierro, is one of the most spectacular bathing areas in the smallest of the Canary Islands. Sheltered under an imposing basaltic arch, the place is a compendium of the multiple shapes left by the lava and that ended up giving rise to this corner. In it, one can not only take pleasant baths in its turquoise waters, but also protect yourself with a rocket from the ocean. This, in addition, is noted with the white foam of the surf and its surround sound. Definitely, a mystical and peaceful setting that seems to be taken from a fairy tale.
Mutriki pools (Guipúzcoa)
Very close to the port is a very characteristic element of Mutriku, in Guipúzcoa. These are two natural pools of Olympic size that are filled thanks to the tides. When the tide rises, their water is renewed and, when it falls, a wall prevents the loss of water. It is therefore a paradise for swimming enthusiasts and for those who, in addition to enjoying the beach, like to enjoy a good swim. They are open and free. In addition to the only natural seawater pools on the Guipuzcoan coast.
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