Taking a refreshing bath in the Atlantic Ocean at Gran Canaria’s beaches is a damn fine therapy for your brain and your health.
Lucky people who live here have a daily ritual: In the evening they jump into the fresh water to wash out all the negativity they absorbed during the day.
To do the same, you booked your holidays in Gran Canaria. Sun, beach, good food. One or two weeks where you can forget everything at home and not worry about anything. To recharge your empty batteries and have a great time.
And the frequent jump into the ocean activates your happiness hormones.
But doing so isn’t a dream for everybody.
Swimming in the sea can be scary and dangerous
Waves and strong streams make people feel insecure about swimming in the wide-open Atlantic Ocean.
And you probably have heard about some tragedies that have happened in Gran Canaria lately. For example, the poor girl who had a deadly accident with a surfer.
Despite the fact that this girl entered the official surfers’ area, these kinds of things don’t happen often. Sad but true; it was a bitter event.
Anyway, if you’re one of those who feel uncomfortable swimming around in the ocean (no matter the reason), Gran Canaria offers plenty of secure alternatives all around the island.
In Spanish we call them “piscinas naturales,” natural swimming pools, for having fun without any fear. No waves, no streams, no surfers. And totally great for kids.
You get the advantage of curing body and soul in the salty Atlantic water, but there is nothing that could pull you out to the sea, as those hyper-dimensional bathtubs don’t have direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.
Only some tiny fish inside the piscinas naturales may tickle you a bit. Nothing to worry about; you will get them also in the open ocean, so you don’t have a choice anyway. And the natural pools are fantastic places for snorkeling.
And in the evening, you have the chance to see beautiful sunsets from inside the pools.
Join me on a photo tour through a couple of the nicest natural pools in Gran Canaria.
(Because pictures tell more than a thousand words):
1. Las Salinas, Agaete
2. Los Dos Roques
3. El Agujero
4. Roque Prieto
5. Charco de San Lorenzo
6. Los Charcones
This is my personal favourite. And Alex from gran-canaria-info.com explains why:
7. La Laja
8. La Furnia
Some tiny hints:
1. On weekends, those natural pools in Gran Canaria are quite crowded. Visit them on local workdays.
2. At most of those natural pools, you won’t find a sandy beach. (That shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s pure wild nature.)
3. Take some food and drinks with you, as you (mostly) won’t find any bars or restaurants there.
4. For a great evening walk and dinner in front of a natural pool with a romantic sunset, visit #6 from the list.
5. Getting to some of the natural pools in the north of Gran Canaria can be an adventure. Around Gáldar, you have to find your way through a labyrinth of streets with millions of banana plantations left and right. Use Google Maps on your smartphone to find the places. It works great.
6. Enjoy! 🙂
Did you like the photos? What’s your favourite natural pool? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.