Salt de Jijona
Wonderful natural pool with green-blue refreshing water, resembling a small oasis, amidst the arid mountains of Alicante (Spain).
Most people in the province of Alicante go to the crowded beaches of Benidorm, Altea, and Denia. But only a few will enjoy this remote natural swimming pool with fresh water, in the mountains at the back of Alicante. The underground river called ‘Río de la Torre‘ feeds this swimming hole. A thin stream of water can be seen falling from the top. Because the natural pool is small you would expect the water in it to be temperate, but the water is really cold! It’s perfect to revitalise and refresh you completely!
Salt de Jijona swimming hole is not big, but you’ll feel renewed when going wild swimming in this cute swimming spot. It’s incredible to see how these dry mountains are the home to such a gorgeous swimming hole. It’s like an oasis in the desert.
Salt de Jijona is about 20 minutes driving from Jijona village. The last 2 km is a dirt road.
There is plenty of space to park the car on the side of this dirt road. It’s located in the ravine under the white car.
The ravine is very steep. Descend via the stairs with the wooden railing that start at the yellow dustbin (check the top right of the image).
It will take around 2 minutes to get to there.
It’s like a rocky basin filled with fresh water. An amazing natural pool!
Most people arrive and stay around 5 minutes to see it and then leave. You’ll probably have the natural pool for yourself.
There is no place to buy lunch anywhere near. Make sure you bring lunch with you if you plan to spend some time.
The water is blue-green but it’s very clean and surprisingly cold. It will feel amazing after your walk in the heat when descending the staircase.
This image shows the rock basin holding the water as if it were a swimming pool. Girls are laying at the edge. Do you see them?
The name ‘Salt de Jijona’ is translated as the ‘Jump of Jijona’, referring to the water jumping (cascading) down. A thin stream of water feeds the water hole.
The arid mountains resemble a desert. After a walk in this heat, you’ll welcome the chilly water! Feel refreshed and reborn after your swim in this magical natural pool.
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HOW TO GET TO - Salt de Jijona
It’s best accessible by car. The route to get there will take you on roads that are in good condition.
Before reaching Jijona village, turn into the ‘Poligono Industrial’. Eventually, take the dirt road for the last 2 km. A signpost made of cardboard at the side of the road advises driving in gear 2, as the road has steep curves. Enjoy the beautiful steep mountains before you arrive. The mountains seem huge! Drive for about 7 minutes.
There is no signpost to indicate you have reached it. Stop when you see a ravine, as you can see in the pictures.
There is no public transport to Salt de Jijona, but to Jijona, around 4.3 km away. A Car/own vehicle is the most convenient way to get here.
Jijona (4,3 km), Alicante (28 km), Tibi (12,3 km)
Walking Time to Swimming Spot
3 minutes – The distance from the parking to the natural pool is around 0,4 km. A nice staircase with wooden railings takes you directly to it.
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When to Go
It’s always open. It’s great to visit any time of the year.
There is one wooden picnic table with a bench at the base of the swimming hole. It’s surrounded by tall grasses. There are no other facilities.
The swimming hole is deep and there is a sudden drop in depth. Children must be supervised at all times.
It’s forbidden to make fires and litter.
Avoid carrying coolers (and chairs, hammocks, tables) and playing loud music.
Remember that soap and detergents should not be used in rivers and pools. Also, most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply it well before taking a dip.
(Scientists have found that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life. Soaps have phosphates, are also non-biodegradable and harm the environment).
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Things to Do – Salt de Jijona
Things to Do
Check out these amazing natural pools & places to swim in the province of ALICANTE.
Guadalest Reservoir is the ideal lake to take a refreshing dip in an amazing natural setting. The views from the lake to the mountains and its turquoise colour will surprise you.
Algar Waterfalls are close to Benidorm and possibly are the most beautiful waterfalls in Alicante. The crystalline natural pools in the course of the river invite bathing or having a picnic next to them.
To swim on the coast in Alicante, Cala Granadella, Cala Portixol, Cala Ambolo and Cala Moraig are all amazing. They will remind you of Ibiza! To the south of the city of Alicante is Playa del Carabassí, a beach with golden sand protected by big dunes and pine trees.
Where to Eat
There are bars and restaurants in nearby Jijona where you can eat or buy food to take with you.
Jijona is famous for ‘turron’, a sweet candy made from almonds sold in big bars.
Maximum Water Depth
Minimum Swimming Level
The ravine is steep, so around midday, the sun starts to hide behind the mountains. By 2 pm the whole swimming hole is in the shade.
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