Ranking with the TOP 10 of the most impressive natural pools of Andalusia

Would you like to know which are the most spectacular natural pools in Andalusia?

The truth is that Andalusia is full of natural pools that deserve to be in a guide. In fact, Andalusia has 24 protected natural parks, all characterized by being natural areas with little human exploitation, for having a peculiar fauna, flora or ecosystem and a unique beauty.

But, do you know which are the best considered natural pools in Andalusia? We bring you all the details:

Los Bermejales reservoir (Granada)

Los Bermejales natural pool

It is located in the municipality of Arena del Rey, in the course of the Cacín River, where the waters of the Sierra de Almijara and Tejeda converge.

It is surprising that only 49 kilometers away from the city of Granada we find this place full of vegetation and with such pure waters.

It is an ideal place for swimming and for water sports.



El Chorro (Málaga)

El Chorro natural pool

Known as “El Chorro”, it is located in the municipality of Álora, very close to the famous Caminito del Rey.

It is a place very frequented by hikers who visit Caminito del Rey, but also by locals, since in this reservoir you can swim, canoe, make kayaking, sail, etc.


Cela Raft (Almería)

Balsa de Cela natural pool

Located in the municipality of Lúcar, La Balsa de Cela is a hot spring that is 720 meters above sea level.

The most characteristic of this spring is that its waters have medicinal properties that give relief to different types of diseases and that its temperature remains stable throughout the year between 22 and 24 degrees.


Recreational Area Arroyomolinos La Playita (Cádiz)

Arroyomolinos natural pool

Located in Zahara de la Sierra, in the North of the province of Cádiz, and at the foot of the Sierra del Monte Prieto, this artificial beach is very popular among bathers.

Apart from its attractive situation, on the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos, one of its strong points is the 136-meter zip line that runs along the beach.


The Cave of the cat in the Serranía de Ronda (Málaga)

Cueva del Gato natural pool

Located in the municipality of Benaoján, within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, and about 15 km. away from Ronda, the Cueva del Gato is a protected natural area considered Historical Heritage of Spain for its cave paintings and geological formations.

As far as swimming is concerned, the best time to bathe is during the month of July and, although its crystal clear waters invite to swim, it is important to know that the water temperature is usually very low.

If you want further information about the characteristics of this area, this article about the Cat’s Cave might be of interest to you: Cueva del Gato.


Los Patos pool in Nerja (Málaga)

Poza de los Patos natural pool

The water of this pool comes from the Chillar River, which is part of the Natural Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Aljama.

As a peculiarity, to be able to reach this natural water pool it is necessary to make a hiking route of approx. 6 km along the river itself, whose flow is not very high in summer. That is why this route is perfectly suitable for children, as long as they are prepared with appropriate footwear.

The best time to visit this pool is between June and September.


The river beach of San Nicolás (Seville)

San Nicolás natural pool

It is located in San Nicolás del Puerto, 93 km away. from Seville.

Although it is an artificial beach, its clean water comes from the Arroyo de los Parrales and it is surrounded by an environment of great beauty: vegetation, flora, fauna and beautiful landscapes.

This area enjoys great popularity among the inhabitants as it has snacks and recreation areas around.


Iznájar Reservoir (Córdoba)

Iznájar natural pool

This reservoir is known as «The lake of Andalusia» as it is the largest reservoir in the whole Andalusia. The Genil River is responsible for pouring water into this 981 hm3 reservoir.

Its water has become an indoor beach in the summer months and a very touristic place. In fact, cabins, lodges, hotels, campsites, etc. have been built around it.

It is an ideal place to practice water sports such as kayaking or to enjoy a ride with pedal boats.


Baths of the Hedionda (Málaga)

La Hedionda natural pool

Located in Casares, the Hedionda baths have been built since the time of the Roman Empire.

In this place we can find a vaulted area, where its famous sulphurous waters with healing properties emanate from. Outside the enclosure of the spa, the water is making small jumps along the river, where it is also possible to bathe safely. Very characteristic of its water is its temperature, which remains constant at 18 degrees throughout the year, although the best time to visit it is during the summer.

Apart from the bath, it is also very popular to apply a layer of its greenish clay throughout the body.

At this place we can find both children, as well as elderly people and whole families spending the day.

It is worth noting that the smell of its waters can be somewhat unpleasant and strong at first, which does not prevent bathers and tourists from visiting this place, famous for the healing power of its water.


La Poza de los Huevos (Málaga)

Poza de los huevos natural pool

Located in Mijas, the water of this natural pool comes from Las Pasadas River.

The most singular of this place is the composition of its water. It seems that, as it comes from a spring located on the left bank of the river, it has a large amount of manganese, which makes it an ideal place to treat conditions such as asthma.


If you are passionate about natural swimming pools, it is likely that you also love ecological swimming pools. They have been on trend for some time because, in addition to being sustainable and taking care of the environment, they are very beneficial for your health.

You will love our post: All about eco pools

Would you add any natural pool of Andalusia to this list? We would like to know! Leave us your comments.




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