Barcelona can get hot in the summer, so it´s advisable to have a good knowledge of where to go swimming and cool down. We have air-conditioning in the flat, but if you fancy a dip, read on.
Of course you´ll have the Med right on your doorstep, but don´t forget that Barcelona has some fantastic public and private swimming pools, both covered and open air.
Barcelona Olympic Pool
Our personal hot favourite is the outdoor Olympic pool, the Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, with fantastic views over the city. Who can forget the shots over the city during the diving competetion at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics? This outdoor pool is open to the public in July and August, between 11am and 6.30pm. Head for Plaça Espanya, and then get a 50 or 61 bus ride up to the pool. Or grab a taxi. There are 2 other pools on the hill from the games, one open air and one covered.
A bit closer to the flat is the Piscina Sant Jordi, a 50-metre pool on Calle Paris and Viladomat. This complex has 2 pools, one for members and one for public use (with a reasonable entrance charge).
And of course, there´s the Med. For the best swimming in Barcelona, head for Port Olimpic (you can just get the metro or a cab) which has a good beach and plenty of restaurants along the front promenade. If you fancy going a little further afield, hop on a train from Passeig de Gracia staion and head for Platja de Castelldefels (Castelldedfels beach) or Sitges. But go mid week as it can get busy withthe locals over the weekend….unless you want to get into the "scene" that is!
- Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, 93 443 0046.
- Piscina Sant Jordi, 93 410 9261
PISCINES MUNICIPALS DE MONTJUÏC:
Open Mid June to 30 August.
Monday-Sunday 11 a 18.30
Ticket office closed from 17:30.
Adult: 5,30 €
Children (6 to 14): 3,65 €
Infants under 6 years old go free.