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Pools instead of beaches

By | 25 May, 2016 | 0 comments

There’s no point in denying it: the summer weather in Madrid is pretty hot. For this reason, it’s best to cool it down not just with mojitos and air-conditioning but also by visiting some of the city’s sports centres and their refreshing pools. One of the most elegant and modern ones is in Colegio de Arquitectos, recently renovated and also known as Escuelas Pías. Even though it’s an indoor pool, its large windows offer a fantastic view of the old districts of Malasaña and Chueca, a somewhat oneiric experience. Also, the building is worth visiting just in itself, with the extra attraction of the bar-restaurant Bosco de Lobos. Tickets cost 5 euros. Find out more information here.

The set price for local swimming pools in the Spanish capital is, generally, 5.50 euros. One of the favourites amongst locals is the one that’s part of the facilities of Canal de Isabel II (Avenida Filipinas, 54), which has a large summer pool of more than 150 ft. in length, and a children’s one as well as clay and artificial grass tennis and padel tennis courts.

In a less urban atmosphere but still well communicated (a handful of metro stops on Line 10 from Plaza de España) you can find the facilities at Lago, officially known as Centro Deportivo Municipal Casa de Campo. They include a large swimming pool with clean water (not always the case in Madrid) and a pleasant atmosphere. At the bar you can enjoy a lunchtime menu al fresco and despite there not being many green spaces and quite a few people, it’s still an excellent option.

Outside Madrid, in an authentic natural atmosphere on the Guadarrama mountains, you can visit Las Berceas, in Cercedilla, which you can easily get to by train from Atocha station. Artificial pools in a natural atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re bathing in one of the many natural pools that exist nearby.

Categories: Deportes Madrid

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