The best natural pools are hidden in the Canary Islands

The best natural pools in the Canary Islands

The best natural pools in the Canary Islands

POOL: 1. n. Construction that contains a large amount of water and is used for swimming or for other water sports and activities.

NATURAL: adj. Describes something existing in or formed by nature and not created by humans.

CANARY ISLANDS: n. An archipelago and autonomous community of Spain located on the Atlantic Ocean.

We do it like this:

Natural pools in the Canary Islands: amazing places where even the Atlantic Ocean relaxes. They are created spontaneously and without human intervention (aside from the elements that make them easier to use, such as steps or walkways) when seawater enters isolated areas that are open to everyone. There are more than 60 throughout the islands. We dove in and travelled all over the archipelago in search of our top seven.

The top 7 natural pools in the Canary Islands

El Caletón de Garachico, Tenerife

el caleton del garacho natural pools

Where: El Caletón de Garachico is adjacent to the 16th century San Miguel castle (which is located in one of the most beautiful historic quarters of the Canary Islands), a public pool, Muellito Beach and the new port.

Swimming: Visitors can swim in front of the towering La Culata cliffs, which boast fantastic views of Tenerife’s northern coastline.

Access: Easy.

Where to sleep: The capital of Tenerife (45 minutes by car) is a strategic base for exploring the entire island thanks to the convenient guagua buses and tram. It’s also a great starting point for visiting other islands such as La Palma, La Gomera or El Hierro. Most of the island’s cultural offering is available here at Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo hotel.

Interesting fact: The undisputed star of these pools is an imposing rock, a symbol of the Trevejo eruption that buried Garachico in 1706.

Charco Azul, La Palma

natural pools charco azul la palmaWhere: In the northern part of the “isla bonita” beautiful island, on the coast of the San Andrés municipality and Sauces in La Palma.

Swimming: The name, “blue pool”, perfectly describes the colour of the water. This large pool is protected from the waves and includes an array of features such as a kiddie pool with a smooth bottom and a pool with a poetic name: “Charco de las Damas” (the Ladies’ Pool). It also has a small waterfall as well as plants, a sundeck, showers, locker rooms and a car park.

Access: Easy.

Interesting fact: It earned the Ecobeach Award in 2013 for the quality of its facilities.

Charco del Conde, La Gomera

charco del conde de la gomer natural pools

Where: Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera.

Swimming: If you’re looking for a peaceful setting, this is the best choice after a hike or a good meal nearby.  Charco del Conde transforms with the tide and changes from a “lake” to a “pond”, making it perfect for families.

Access: Simple

Interesting fact: The pool is named after the count of the island following the Spanish conquest in the 15th century.

Charco Azul, El Hierro

natural pools charco azul el hierro

Where: El Golfo, an impressive valley along the steep coast of this small Canary Island.

Swimming: Although this space could have been designed by a great architect, it was created by nature, which took advantage of the lava flows. The surround-sound of the ocean will make you feel like you’re on another planet.

Access: Easy, by foot

Las Salinas de Agaete, Gran Canaria

 natural pools salinas el agaete

Where: Agaete, which is famous for its restaurants. Adjacent to a palm grove and cultivated fields.

Swimming: These three natural pools resemble a castle thanks to their unique battlement-like protective columns made of cement to create the identifying symbols of the coastal landscape of this island with underwater traditions.

Interesting fact: Visitors can go from one pool to another through volcanic tubes.

Access: Easy. By foot from Avenida Paseo de los Poetas or by car from Calle El Muelle (a car park is available).

Recharge your batteries for another adventure-filled day at the Occidental Margaritas hotel in the heart of Playa del Inglés.

Los Charcones, Lanzarote

natural pools los charcones lanzarote

Where: On the southern end of the island and five minutes by car from Playa Blanca.

Swimming: In any of the untouched pools of varying sizes, depths and shapes dotted along two kilometres of Lanzarote’s coast from Pechiguera to the north towards Janubio.

The island’s wind and the waves from the open sea are commonplace here.

Access: Dirt path.

Sleep like a baby at the Occidental Lanzarote Mar hotel in Costa Teguise.

Aguas Verdes, Fuerteventura

natural pools aguas verdes fuerteventuraWhere: Playa del Valle, Betancuria.

Swimming: A rocky landscape on the island of sand. Although they are located in an area with rougher seas, once you’re in the pools you forget all about it. Six kilometres of pools and inlets without traces of mankind.

Interesting fact: You’ll come across local squirrels and large crabs on the rocks.

Access: Via a paved road (the last sign of human life along the way) and dirt paths.

To rest, you’ll love the Occidental Jandía Royal Level – Adults Only hotel, which is 400 metres from the spectacular Playa de Jandía beach and boasts ocean views.

Pack your swimsuit and enjoy!


Photos |Canary Islands Tourism