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Natural Rock Pools

Natural rock pools of volcanic origin offer a peaceful and very relaxing swim for everybody

Natural Rock Pools in Canary Islands 2019 - Best Time
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The constant winds of the islands create beautiful big waves, which are perfect for various water sports. However, if you feel like swimming in the ​peaceful water, the Canary Islands have lots of calm natural swimming pools located right on the beach with all the facilities you may need for a relaxing day at the ocean. These pools are created by nature, thus the water from the ocean easily seeps into them. They are mostly formed by lava from long ago erupted volcanoes. On the island of Tenerife, you can find volcanic rock pools formed in 1706, when the lava flow blocked off the harbour. Garachico's volcanic rock pools are a great place for swimming and sunbathing. Pools have different depths, which are suitable for adults and kids as well.

Garachico, Tenerife 2019
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Garachico, Tenerife
Garachico, Tenerife 2019
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Garachico, Tenerife

Los Charcones in Gran Canaria is another place, blessed with natural bathing pools. It has sunbathing terraces, restaurants, plenty of bathrooms, parking etc. A wide wall of rocks protects it from the powerful Atlantic waves. Charco Azul, situated in El Hierro, is one of the most spectacular bathing spots. Turquoise pools welcome everyone to have a relaxing day in calm water and enjoy the view of the ocean. Huge rocks provide white spray from the waves crushing into them. A charming pool, hidden in the caves, but still with a great view is a nice place to forget about everyday life. The beautiful basalt arch over the pool is a finest example of natural lava sculpture.

Natural Rock Pools in Canary Islands - Best Season 2019

Natural swimming pools of Los Charcones can be found in the south of Lanzarote. Aguas Verdes in Betancuria, Fuerteventura is a great example of the best unspoilt natural pools to be found in the Canary Islands. Six kilometres of pools go along the coastline of the finest white sand beaches. Here you can also meet some squirrels on the way to the pool and crabs which inhabit in the rocks. Las Salinas de Agaete, located in the north-west of Gran Canaria looks like a fortress protected from the ocean. These three natural pools offer a stunning view, beautiful sunbathing areas and diving sites.

Los Charcones, Lanzarote 2019
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Los Charcones, Lanzarote

Delightful natural blue pools of clear, calm waters can be found on the uninhabited island of Puertito de Lobos. The territory of the islet is a natural reserve with amazing views, lovely beaches, great diving spots, and walkways. Charco del Conde, situated in Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera, is a perfect swimming spot for all the family. La Palma’s Charco Azul offers visitors one of the best swimming spots with huge rocks protecting the pools from waves. There are also children's pools with a flat bottom, a tiny waterfall, sunbathing zone, showers, and changing rooms as well as green areas and parking.

Choose the one you like the most and start planning your unforgettable holidays.

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