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Spain is located at the southern tip of Western Europe almost touching Africa, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. There are very different climates across its vast territory (505,370 km²): Oceanic, Mediterranean, Continental, Subtropical and Mountainous. This results in a great diversity in vegetation and landscapes.

With an average altitude of 650 m above sea level, it’s the third most mountainous country in Europe. The Teide volcano, in the Canary Islands, is the highest point (3718 m). The next 10 highest peaks are in the provinces of Granada and Huesca.

In its numerous mountain ranges, abundant rivers are born. The main rivers in Spain are the Ebro, Tagus, Duero, Guadalquivir, Guadiana, Júcar, Genil, Segura and the Miño. On their way, they create stunning places and natural pools hidden among lush vegetation, surrounded by rock walls or shimmering in semi-desert places.

In these rivers, reservoirs and lakes there are many spectacular spots and natural pools for admiring or wild swimming, but you have to know where they are.

Discover below the best natural pools and places to swim in Spain. To find a specific type of spot (e.g. waterfall or river), use the filter below.

The 7 best Natural Pools in Extremadura

The 7 best Natural Pools in Extremadura

The 7 best natural pools in ExtremaduraExtremadura has a great diversity of landscapes and nature in its purest state. Much of its surface is covered by forests. Extremadura surprises: it has the largest extension of 'freshwater beaches' in Spain....

Lagunas de Ruidera – Complete Guide

Lagunas de Ruidera – Complete Guide

Lagunas de RuideraBeautiful wetland composed of 15 deep blue lagoons and a reservoir. They are connected by streams and waterfalls. Located between the provinces of Albacete and Ciudad Real (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park...

Cascada de Sorrosal – Complete Guide

Cascada de Sorrosal – Complete Guide

Cascada de SorrosalImpressive large waterfall (120 m) in a huge amphitheatre of beautiful folds and rock formations of glacial origin, surrounded by green mountains. Located five minutes walking from Broto village, in the Pyrenees, Huesca...

Cinca River – Complete Guide

Cinca River – Complete Guide

Cinca RiverStunning river born in the Ordesa Park, Huesca (Spain). It's the Pyrenean river with the highest flow. In this area, its crystalline blue water has created several spectacular natural pools (Gorgas de Puértolas).Introduction Photos How to...

Salto de Bierge – Complete Guide

Salto de Bierge – Complete Guide

Salto de BiergeBeautiful 200 m long natural pool in the river, with a 10 m waterfall created by a dam. Located in the Sierra Guara Natural Park, Huesca (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Pozán de Vero – Complete Guide

Pozán de Vero – Complete Guide

Pozán de VeroVillage with a beautiful green water pool with large flat rocks around to lie down on. When there is a large flow, there is a waterfall. Located 1.4 km from the village of Pozán de Vero, in Huesca, south of the Pyrenees....

Puyarruego – Complete Guide

Puyarruego – Complete Guide

PuyarruegoCosy little village with a castle at the top, from where you can see the crystal clear pools of the Bellós River surrounded by the impressive Pyrenees mountains. Located in the north of Huesca (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There...

Barranco Otonel

Barranco Otonel

Barranco Otonel70-metres high waterfall and natural pool (in the Barranco de Otonel ravine). In its last 1,500 m the river makes an impressive 350-metre descent to the river Júcar. Located in the interior of Valencia (Spain)Introduction Photos How to...

Gorgo de la Escalera – Complete Guide

Gorgo de la Escalera – Complete Guide

Gorgo de la EscaleraTree-fringed river gorge with a large blue natural pool (Gorgo de la Escalera) & 25-meter waterfall, in the interior of Valencia.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do...

Pozas del Ral – Complete Guide

Pozas del Ral – Complete Guide

Pozas del Ral Series of 6 spectacular crystalline emerald green pools sculpted in rock, in a ravine amidst green mountains, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Azud de Tuéjar – Complete Guide

Azud de Tuéjar – Complete Guide

Azud de TuéjarRecreational area next to the Tuéjar river with a beautiful crystalline blue weir, surrounded by mountains with lush vegetation. Located in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to...

Charcos de Quesa – Complete Guide

Charcos de Quesa – Complete Guide

Charcos de QuesaSet of beautiful emerald green natural pools carved into limestone rock. Located between mountains and pine forests, in the interior of Valencia.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Cueva Turche – Complete Guide

Cueva Turche – Complete Guide

Cueva Turche 60-meter waterfall framed in an impressive amphitheatre of limestone rock, with a large natural turquoise pool. Located in the interior of Valencia.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Arañuel – Complete Guide

Arañuel – Complete Guide

ArañuelCharming little village with 3 natural pools in the Mijares river. Located in the interior of Castellón province (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do Where to Eat & Sleep...

Cortes de Pallás – Complete Guide

Cortes de Pallás – Complete Guide

Cortes de PallásImpressive ravine near Cortes de Pallás village with an array of waterfalls and crystal clear pools, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do...

Montanejos – Complete Guide

Montanejos – Complete Guide

MontanejosThermal swimming spots in a river dotted with pebble beaches & carved in a rugged ravine, in the interior of Castellón.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do Where to Eat &...

Cortes de Pallás Reservoir – Complete Guide

Cortes de Pallás Reservoir – Complete Guide

Cortes de Pallás ReservoirIntense blue reservoir in an impressive stretch of the Júcar river canyon, with 400 m high vertical walls, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price...

Salto de Millares – Complete Guide

Salto de Millares – Complete Guide

Salto de MillaresJaw-dropping 60 meters high waterfall, with a tiny swimming hole at its feet. Located in the depth of Júcar canyon, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price...

Los Chorradores de Navarrés – Complete Guide

Los Chorradores de Navarrés – Complete Guide

Los Chorradores de Navarrés Route through a set of waterfalls and beautiful swimming holes, close to the town of Navarrés, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things...

San Juan Reservoir – Complete Guide

San Juan Reservoir – Complete Guide

San Juan Reservoir Large, imposing lake surrounded by pine forests to the west of Madrid. Due to its proximity to the capital, it's also called 'Madrid Beach'.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things...

Gestalgar – Complete Guide

Gestalgar – Complete Guide

GestalgarPopular natural pool on the edge of the village of Gestalgar. Includes a wilder area amidst mountains, 6 km away with several natural pools in the river. Located in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where...

Playa del Carabassí – Complete Guide

Playa del Carabassí – Complete Guide

Playa del CarabassíBeach of fine golden sand and transparent water in a natural environment of dunes and pine trees. Located 9 km south of the city of Alicante.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Toll Blau – Complete Guide

Toll Blau – Complete Guide

Toll BlauSwimming hole of crystalline water with small waterfalls trickling down a mossy rock wall. Located in Serra de Mariola Natural Park, Valencia.Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do...

Bolbaite – Complete Guide

Bolbaite – Complete Guide

BolbaiteThree beautiful natural pools along the Sellent River, on the edge of the village of Bolbaite, Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do Where to Eat & Sleep Useful...

Guadalest Reservoir – Complete Guide

Guadalest Reservoir – Complete Guide

Guadalest ReservoirStunning turquoise reservoir, ideal for swimming and water sports. Located in a valley surrounded by the highest mountains of Alicante (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Salto de Chella – Complete Guide

Salto de Chella – Complete Guide

El Salto de Chella Spectacular 25 m waterfall plunging into an emerald-green swimming hole, in the outskirts of the village of Chella, Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do...

Bugarra – Complete Guide

Bugarra – Complete Guide

BugarraBeautiful fluvial beach with crystal clear water and grass on its riverside. Located on the edge of the town of Bugarra, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Cala Salada – Complete Guide

Cala Salada – Complete Guide

Cala SaladaCala Salada and Cala Saladeta are two stunning twin coves with crystalline blue water. They are in a closed bay surrounded by pine trees in Ibiza (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y...

Cala Portitxol – Complete Guide

Cala Portitxol – Complete Guide

Cala PortitxolStunning rustic pebble cove with old, authentic fisherman’s houses. Located in a semi-closed bay in Xàbia (Jávea), Alicante (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do Where...

Cala Granadella – Complete Guide

Cala Granadella – Complete Guide

Cala GranadellaSpectacular shell-shaped cove in a closed bay with turquoise blue water. Located in the interior of Alicante (Spain).Introduction Photos How to get There Where to Park Map When to Go Price Activities y Things to Do Where to Eat &...

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