It’s no secret that some cities tend to get unbearably hot during summer. Is there really any better way to cool yourself down, than by a dip in the water? Here are 10 great spots in Europe (and one in Tel Aviv) selected by our locals, with beautiful outdoor swimming spots which we just can’t wait to pay a visit. This is no race, we equally love all of these spots so please read them all!
Ready, set, go! But don’t forget your swimsuit and sun lotion.
Seurasaari – Helsinki
We all know that part of Helsinki’s charm is its connection with nature. That’s why 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!
Bains des Pâquis – Geneva
Go and spend your summer at Bains des Pâquis in Geneva, a public pool that’s been operating since 1890. They also offer a sauna, a hammam, and Turkish baths. Go there to relax or participate in one of the events.
Frysja – Oslo
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 come for barbecues, picnics, or simply to relax in the grass. So what else do you need for a perfect summer day?
North Beach Stripe – Tel Aviv
Without a doubt, most of you go to Tel Aviv for the beaches. Nothing wrong with that but are you really going to “relax” surrounded by a mass of tourists? Relaxing means calm and peace. After just a 10-minute walk from the port, you will reach the North Beach Stripe, a calm beach area without the hundreds of tourists you’ll find elsewhere! 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!
The Forty Foot – Dublin
Our Dublin local Maria says that having a swim at The Forty Foot is truly an authentic 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. There actually is an annual Christmas morning swim with hot whiskey on offer for those courageous enough to take a dip! Do you dare take the plunge?
Ada – Belgrade
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, water ski (there’s an excellent aqua ski center at the very top of the lake) and row, while the beach is cobbled and clean.
Korali – Sofia
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?
Boekenberg swimming pond – Antwerp
This small body of water is one of Europe’s biggest ecological swimming ponds. The entrance to the pond is free, but when it’s crowded you can only stay in the water for approximately 15 minutes at a time. Seems like a short time but hey, after the dip you can still enjoy a walk in this amazing park of Antwerp!
Beach at Weißer See – Berlin
If you’re in Berlin and in need of some relaxation, take the metro to the Beach at Weißer See. Don’t let the outside fool you: it’s not a park, it’s a swimming lake. Of course, you can also just take a stroll along the shore or enjoy some tasty German beers at the cafeteria. We wouldn’t say no to a refreshing dip in the water though.
QC Terme Milano – Milan
When you are tired of walking around, shopping or having too many aperitivos, QC Terme is the place to go! Besides having an indoor area, outdoors you will find a relaxing green environment, different types of warm water whirlpools and… the world’s only tram converted into a sauna. A SAUNA in a TRAM??? This is getting interesting!
More? Check out our 10 Surprising Local City Beaches 2018 article!