10 Fine Outdoor Swimming Spots in Europe’s Cities!

Geneva bains des paquis (by Lucy Reynell)

It’s not a mystery that some cities during the summer get unbearable with the hot weather. Is there a better way to cool yourself down, than with a dip into the water? So here are 10 great spots in some of our cities, with beautiful outdoor swimming spots the locals love to visit! Please remember that this is not a chart and the order is purely casual.

Get your swimsuit ready!

1. Frysja – Oslo

Image by Elin Reitehaug

Image by Elin Reitehaug

Frysja is our Oslo local Elin‘s favorite place to swim in the city! Coming here is a lovely way to spend a day in the Norwegian Capital. Apart from swimming, people go there for barbecues, picnics, or simply to relax on the lawns.

2. North Beach Stripe – Tel Aviv

Image by Raven Abramovich

Image by Raven Abramovich

Without a doubt most of you go to Tel Aviv for the beaches. Nothing wrong with that but are you going to “relax” surrounded by a lot of tourists? Relaxing means calm and peace and with a short walk of 10 minutes from the Port you will reach this calm area of the city! Please remember that there aren’t any lifeguards or any facilities. So bring what you need and don’t swim too far from the beach!

3.  Seurasaari – Helsinki

Image by Kathrin Deter

Image by Kathrin Deter

We all know that part of Helsinki’s charm is because of its connection with nature. During the summer you should think about going to Seurasaari. On this island in the archipelago, hang around the small beaches and enjoy the nature of the Finnish Capital!

4. Bains des Pâquis – Geneva

Image by Andras Barta

Image by András Barta

Go and spend your summer at Bains des Pâquis in Geneva, a public pool that’s been operating since 1890 but if you want you can always dip in the lake!

5- The Forty Foot – Dublin

Image by Jess Lacey

Image by Jess Lacey

Our Dublin local Jess says that having a swim at The Forty Foot is a quintessential Dublin experience! It is not forty foot deep and there are underwater rocks, so diving is a very bad idea. Note for the winter; this is not only a summer place, actually there is an annual Christmas morning swim with hot whiskey on offer for those courageous enough to take a dip! Are you brave enough?

6. Ada – Belgrade

Image by Vesna Radovanović

Image by Vesna Radovanović

Ada is an island in the river Sava about 4km from the city center and offers… well, almost everything and of course swimming is also possible! The water is safe to swim in, water ski (there’s an excellent aqua ski centre at the very top of the lake!) and row, while the beach is cobbled and clean.

7. Korali – Sofia

Image by Boyko Blagoev

Image by Boyko Blagoev

At the Korali complex there are a couple of open-air swimming pools that are open even during the winter. These sky-blue pools, combined with the amazing view of the Pancharevo lake and the nearby hills in the background, do you need further convincing?

8. Boekenberg swimming pond – Antwerp

Image by Kevin Ducheyne

Image by Kevin Ducheyne

This small body of water is one of Europe’s biggest ecological swimming ponds. The entrance is free, but when it is crowded you can only stay in the water for approximately 15 minutes at a time. Seems a short time but hey, after the dip you can still enjoy a walk in this amazing park of Antwerp!

9.  Fohrbach Swimming Pool – Zurich

Image by Christine Syrad

Image by Christine Syrad

Our Zurich Spotter Christine says that this is one of the most idyllic man-made attractions she’s seen in Zurich for a long time! She likes that because this pool is truly a universal entertainment centre for adults and kids alike. There is also a massive pirate ship for the kids, a 50m pool, and a Harry Potter style chess board. Hmmm are we sure that only kids will love these attractions?

10. QC Terme Milano – Milan

Image by Katharina Ziche

Image by Katharina Ziche

When you are too tired of walking around, shopping or having too many aperitivos this is the place to go! Besides having also an indoor area, outdoors you will find a relaxing green area, different types of warm water whirlpools and…the world’s only tram converted into a sauna. A SAUNA in a TRAM??? Wow it’s getting interesting!

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