There is nothing unusual on bathing on the beach. But have you ever swum in a natural pool? The huge waves are breaking over the rocks and you are observing this natural theatre of flying drops and dancing foam from the safety of your sunbed area.
The ocean can be pretty rough in the north of Gran Canaria. That is why it became a popular place for lovers of surfing. Those who cannot surf can enjoy the pools created partly by the nature and partly by the human being. The basaltic rocks polished by the never-ending power of the ocean have been transformed into amazing shapes and some of them were suitable for the creation of those natural spas.
Swimming is possible even if you are not a skilled swimmer, bacause the natural walls usually protect the pools from the rough waves. They are also equipped by stairs for more comfortable entrance. As the surroundings of the pools are obviously quiet rocky, it is recommendable to bring with you your own sunbeds or sunchairs or at least something soft to relax on.
If you are a lover of snorkeling, do not forget your equipment. The tranquil waters of the pools will permit you to observe the small fishes trapped inside. Do not worry about them, when the tide goes high, they will be able to escape back to the ocean again and the water in the pool will be changed for fresh one.
The most scenic pools you would find in Puerto de las Nieves on the north-west coast. It is a complex of 3 interconnected pools that you would find after a nice walk by the ocean side promenade. There is a small palm grove close to them a view point from where you can get fantastic photos of the pools and surrounding rocks. Then, after the swimming you can have a fresh fish in the local tavernas. You can even spend all your holidays here, accommodated in a comfortable Agaete Beach House with the ocean and pools wiew.
There are 8 natural pools in the north of the island and 4 pools in the south-east part.
- Las Salinas – Puerto de las Nieves (Agaete)
- Los Dos Roques – Gáldar
- El Agujero – Gáldar
- La Furnia – Gáldar
- Roque Prieto – Santa María de Guía
- Charco de San Lorenzo – Moya
- Los Charcones – Arucas
- La Laja – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Castillo del Romeral – San Bartolomé de Tirajana
- Charca los Pérez – Telde
- Charca de Taliarte – Telde
- Zoco del Negro – Arinaga