It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a beach holiday in Portugal or an island retreat in the Caribbean, there’s nothing like slinking into the water for a bit of a splash and paddle. So we’ve scoured the globe for the most outlandish yet awesome places to swim in the world.
The natural pool of Ik Kil Park in Mexico
Sometimes you need to leave it to Mother Nature to make the best pools. You’ll find a sensational example in Ik Kil Archaeological Park, Mexico. It’s enclosed in a rocky cove that still lets in plenty of light without an overwhelming amount of hot sun, and is draped in vines, leaves and beautiful waterfalls. Stunning surroundings indeed.
Stone pool of Giola in Greece
This unique lagoon in Thassos is located near the village of Astris. The Aegean Sea feeds the pool over a set of rocks, filling it with warm, inviting water. This is the perfect spot to relax and watch the sea beyond, surrounded by beautiful cliffs and a natural landscape. Swim out to the triangular tip where the sea meets the pool and let all your troubles wash away.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools in Turkey
Nature’s giving us another treat at Pamukkale, the famous thermal pools in Turkey, which slope up the side of the rugged hills in white cascading splendour. Warm, enticing and always popular with holidaymakers, you’d do well to visit these natural beauties during your stay.
Lava pools in Madeira, Portugal
Porto Moniz in Madeira is host to this set of popular volcanic pools surrounded by lava rocks. These mesmerising pools were created when molten lava and the Atlantic met centuries ago. Take a dip in the water whilst gazing at the fantastic volcanic landscape beyond. Filled with salt water from the sea, you’ll often spot the odd fish swimming beside you.
Blue Grotto Cave pool in Kastellorizo, Greece
We’re back to Greece again with this blue delight. The Blue Grotto is a spectacular cave of rich blue water which can only be accessed by boat. Located off the southeast coast of the island, the cave pool is a truly mystical, private spot which will be sure to take your breath away.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland
Languish in the cosy warmth of the naturally hot water of the Blue Lagoon. The geothermal water comes from 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater meet over extreme temperatures. The stunning blue colour comes from the active ingredients of silica, minerals and algae. This stunning lagoon is one of the leading tourist attractions in Iceland, and with good reason, so be sure to pre-book to avoid disappointment.
Have you ever found the perfect pool? Share your stories with us and plan your next holiday to get your splash on.