Madrid’s 4 natural swimming pools

By | 14 June, 2019 | 0 comments

Who said there’s no beach in Madrid? And now that the heat has arrived, what we feel like most is a refreshing dip. Madrid city may not have a beach like those on the east coast, but we do have several refreshing alternatives that mean you can escape from the city for a day, enjoy nature and take a swim in one of these four natural pools.

Embalse de San Juan


San Juan reservoir

This is best known for being the authentic “Madrid beach”. The reservoir is only 70 km from the capital, in the municipalities of San Martín de Valdeiglesias, El Tiemblo, Cebreros and Pelayos de la Presa. This is the only reservoir in the Community of Madrid where bathing and motorised aquatic activities are permitted. With more than 14 km of beach, the most visited areas are the Cerro de San Esteban (right bank of the reservoir) and the Lancha de San Yelmo (left bank). If you want to enjoy a cold beer, the Virgen de la Nueva area has the most beach bars.


This is the largest natural swimming pool in Spain. It is located around the Riosequillo reservoir and has a surface area of 4,500 square metres with a maximum capacity of 2,000 people. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a family day out because, in addition to having a natural pool for adults and another for children, it also has a recreational zone with large green areas and a big playground for children.

Las Dehesas, Cercedilla’s swimming pools

These natural pools are in the Valle de la Fuenfría and are among the best places for a good splash about on a hot day. They were created in 1978 and have an area of 755 m2 with facilities and various services. You’ll find picnic areas, changing rooms, showers, toilets, a bar, first aid facilities, a lawn for sunbathing, two large swimming pools and, for the little ones, an adventure park in the trees.

La Isla de Rascafría

La Isla de Rascafría is set in a stunning natural environment on the banks of the river Lozoya and has magical views of El Paular valley. In summer, you can enjoy the natural swimming pool that forms in the river itself while you listen to the noise of the waterfall. In addition, if you’re someone who likes to get the adrenaline pumping, you can also go canoeing or windsurfing. It’s the perfect plan for the weekend, a little hiking and a refreshing swim.

These four swimming pools are less than an hour from Madrid. Do you feel like taking a dip?

*Image from Wikipedia.

Categories: Madrid Turismo

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