Do you already know these public pools? Introducing ten handsome pools around the world.
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As the hotels compete for the finest pools, the more imaginative swimsuits hit the eyes of tourists. Glass-based ledges, infinity pools, rooftop pools with landscaping. What they have in common, however, is that they almost always require a hotel stay. A multi-hundred euro hotel night does not fit everyone's travel budget.
If you're missing out on the most famous hotel pools, try the public pools. See below for a selection of 10 personalized pools that can be accessed either for free or for a reasonable entrance fee.
1. Bondi Icebergs, Sydney
One of the most famous – and most photographed – public swimming pools in the world is Sydney's Bondi Icebergs. Opened in 1929, the swimming pool was built for winter swimming at the request of lifeguards. The 50-meter pool on Bondi Beach is so close to the sea that the waves swarm the pool. Although the pool is owned by the Bondi Icebergs Club, visitors are not required to be a member. Who can go swimming here.
Admission to the pool and sauna costs $ 8 for adults, or just under five euros. The pool is closed on Thursdays for cleaning and occasionally for swimming competitions.
2. Széchenyi, Budapest
The spa town of Budapest does not disappoint a tourist looking for a place to swim. Széchenyi is a sure choice when you only need to visit one spa. The spa, with its many pools, spreads both inside and out, and as a bonus, visitors can admire the architecture of the building over a century old. Széchenyi is open all year round – including outdoor pools.
The spa sells a variety of ticket types and prices are slightly higher on weekends at weekends. A basic ticket can cost around 20 euros. Tickets are sold online.
3. Lago Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz
If you are staying in Tenerife with a hotel or non-swimming pool holiday home, you will find an open-air pool in northern Puerto de la Cruz. Lago Martianez is a seaside seawater pool designed by an architect César Manrique. In the winter months, it is good to be prepared for the water to be quite cool.
The area has seven pools adorned with palm trees, gardens and artificial islands. The pools also have restaurants, bars and even a casino. Admission to the pool costs € 5.50 per adult.
4. Pool Sea Pool, Helsinki
The best thing about the Alaska Sea Pool, located next to the Helsinki Market Square, is that it is open all year round. As special as it sounds, you can take a dip in the outdoor pool, even in the winter. In cold weather, however, it is worth protecting your head.
An adult single ticket for the pool costs € 14. In addition, enthusiastic swimmers can buy a membership, a series pass or a monthly pass. And don't forget Helsinki's other pride, Yrjönkatu Swimming Pool, where you can swim naked if you want.
5. Venetian Pool, Florida
If you're tempted to leave the beaches or the hotel pool for your Florida vacation, try the Venetian Pool. Completed in 1924 in Coral Gables, south of Miami, the pool was built into a quarry. It is widely regarded as the most beautiful public swimming pool in the United States, with waterfalls, caves, palm trees and two historic watchtowers.
Check opening hours – the pool is closed on certain holidays and from December to February. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed to enter the pool. Admission costs $ 15 or about € 14.
6. Amalienbad, Wien
A swim trip in Vienna is not dependent on the weather. Mixing Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, Amalienbad is the most beautiful public swimming pool in the city and can be visited all year round. The pool area with sauna is located indoors. Both swimming and admiring the architecture are equally good reasons to visit Amalienbad!
Don't be surprised by the modest outward view of the building. All the fine details can be found inside.
7. Tinside Lido, Plymouth
British summer falls lidot that is, public, outdoor swimming pools that anyone can use. It is widely believed that the best pool can be found in Plymouth. Built in 1935, Tinside Lido is an art deco-style pool so close to the sea that swimmers feel like they are in the water.
The pool, which had deteriorated, was closed in 1992, but people's campaigning eventually led to its renovation. The pool was reopened to the public in 2003. Get ready to pay around £ 5 (€ 6) for a day pass. The pool is open from May to September.
8. Backwaters, Iceland
The most famous public swimming pool in Iceland is, of course, the Blue Lagoon, but did you know that the supply really doesn't end there? Iceland is known for its hot springs and public swimming pools. One of the most interesting is Seljavallalaug. There is no entrance fee for the pool, so it is also suitable for the budget traveler program in affordable Iceland.
Seljavallalaug is an outdoor swimming pool in southern Iceland, which was built in 1923. The location of this wonderful natural place is surprising: you would not expect to find a swimming pool here. It is worth noting that the pool is not frequently cleaned. There may be algae in the water.
9. Porto Moniz, Madeira
One of Madeira's funniest attractions is the nature-shaped swimming spot on the north coast of Lomas Island. The lava pools resulting from the volcanic eruption of Porto Moniz are popular with locals and tourists alike. Water stairs have been built to facilitate swimming.
There is an entry fee of € 1.50 for nature pools. It is about an hour's drive from Funchal, the capital of Madeira.
10. Kastrup Søbad, Copenhagen
Close to Copenhagen, Kastrup Søbad is not really a swimming pool – it is a wooden structure enclosed by the sea and is used for swimming. All in all, it is a fun and sheltered place to relax in the summer.
The sea swimming pool can be reached from Copenhagen by metro on the same line between the airport and the city center. There are also swimming jumps in the free sea pool. Locals call the pool a snail because of its shape.
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Text: Maria Hietala
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