Having been highly impressed by the open air salt water swimming pool in Puerto de la Cruz, I was inspired to research some of the worlds best and most uniquely located open air public swimming pools. You’ll find a lot of lists of stunning hotel roof top pools including those such as the stunning infinity rooftop pool at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, however, if like me you don’t want to shell out £250 for a nights sleep to enjoy a dip, try out one of the more affordable public pools below:
The Crater at the Homestead Resort in Utah, USA
The Crater is a geothermal spring over 10,000 years in the making, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located in the Homestead Resort in Utah. Take a 40-minute therapeutic bath or swim in our natural mineral water for $11. Read more here
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Poas do Gomes, Madeira.
For a nominal entry fee, take a dip in the naturally formed volcanic rock pools on Island of Madeira. More on how to find it at Love Madeira
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Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia
If you’re visiting Victoria Falls between September and December then you’ll probably have the opportunity of swimming in one of the most scary looking places I could imagine. The naturally formed Devil’s Pool on the Zambian side of the falls allows tourists to swim right up to the edge of the world’s largest water fall!
Monyjuic Municipal Pool. Barcelona, Spain
Built in 1929, the spectacularly located public swimming pool looks across the city of Barcelona. The pool came to international prominence when it hosted diving and water polo events at the 1992 summer Olympics, not to mention Kylie Minogue’s music video ‘slow’. It’s open to everyone, for the bargain price of around £4! Read more with the Guardian.
Piscine Molitor. Paris, France
Romanticised in Ang Lees film The Life of Pi, the stunning 1929 Art Deco pool has been abandoned since 1989 but is due to reopen in 2014 and promises to reconstruct of the pool in all its Art Deco glory.
Bondi Icebergs. Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia
The Swimming Club’s origin dates back to 1929 and was created by a group of dedicated local lifesavers who wished to maintain their fitness during the winter months. For just $5.50 you can swim lengths as the waves crash against the pool or relax on the decks whilst keeping an eye out for Whales. Read more: icebergs.com.au