If you are staying at a 4+ star hotel in Barcelona, most likely you’ll have a pool to enjoy during your holiday. But if you’re not, there is a local secret that might come in handy in these warms day. All around the city, there are partly-government-owned gyms where you can pay per visit. And of course, use their pools.
There are many to choose from. In the picture, you can see the gym at the Ciutadella park. The wooden building blends beautifully with its environment and has a great open-air pool on the upper deck. It is open until 23:00 on weekdays, but the pool is closed half an hour before.
Also worth a visit is the Club Natació Atlètic, at the Barceloneta. It has more pools, one overlooking the sea and a special entrance to the beach, as well as a wellness area. It is located at the Plaça del Mar s/n.
The municipal pools are used for fitness swimming, but you can also chill out in the hot tubs and jacuzzis. Keep in mind that you can only buy a day-ticket if the gym is not over capacity at the moment. If that’s the case… just come back a little later – surely you’ll find your spot for soaking or exercising a bit.