This is the easiest jump of your life. Be brave, run away from the sun. The water awaits you. 1, 2, 3, splash!
1. Double bottom
The sea meets chlorine in the confines of the Atlètic-Barceloneta Swimming Club. Night and day also intersect for those who already swim while the city is still sleeping. witness the sunrise floating on a swimming pool overlooking the coastline reveals daunting scenarios. East historic club founded in 1913 holds infinity of epics submerged through its two outdoor pools, one of them heated, another deck, plus the solarium, a piece of private beach and the new spa that will open in a few days. Swim while the palm trees bend over the horizon, with the Mediterranean in the background.
The Atlètic-Barceloneta Swimming Club It opens from Monday to Friday from 6.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until September 30. Specific tickets for non-members: from €4.11 to €13.67, depending on age. Plaza del Mar, s/n. www.cnab.cat
2. The blue lake
In New Barris everything is done in a big way. You cross its insane avenues and roundabouts sweating between gigantic buildings that scratch the sky. And you sigh to see the Water. When you roast on the cement, the biggest pool in the city is always there to save you. The 2,960 square meters of the swimming pool of Can Dragó They are the mecca of summer recreation. The environment of lake is a glorious mosaic of tanned faces, garish swimsuits, and multi-colored towels adoring a curve of infinity blue. The depth is very prudent, it goes from 0.10 to 1.30 meters. Under the bridge, laughter sounds muffled between dips. There are always more people in than out of the water, but you can also enjoy yourself with your hammocks, at the bar or in the immense green area that surrounds the pool. Bath, sandwich and nap.
Can Dragó open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until September 4. Prices without subscription range between €2.5 (children) and €8.75 Rosselló i Porcel, 7. eurofitness.com/candrago
3. Festival at sea
The waves of the Forum
After so many nights of festivalit is possible that you feel a strange force that takes you by inertia to the enclosure of the Forum, as if a tractor beam were pulling on that bracelet that you haven’t taken off yet. Don’t worry, you can leave behind all your musical scholarship and the stress of concert overlaps: in the bathing area of the Fòrum just hum the song of summer and howl “boommmba” which King Africa in full plunge. as with all things free, you have to be careful, because you access the water from the pavement. There is also usually hedgehogsIt is better to bathe with shoes. Of course, it has an area for people with reduced mobility that has a bathroom support service and hydraulic chair. Still no sand slip through their fingers, there are those who hope to spot a mermaid in this cement tongue that goes from the jetty of Rambla de Prim to the children’s games platform of the Fòrum.
It is free and daily access. Bathing area of the Fòrum. Forum Square, 1. barcelona.cat
4. Bathroom in the neighborhood
The ‘chill’ of Guinardó
Sometimes you have to feel like a multimillionaire Even if you have empty pockets. The independent republic of Guinardó becomes a tropical paradise every year, the day the summer swimming pool of the Guinardó Municipal Sports Center. In a neighborhood that already has many treasuresthe area around the Guinardó Civic Center and the Gardens of Doctor Pla i Armengol continues to expand in sports courts, orchards and charming corners. This year, the outdoor pool opens recently refurbished so that the neighbors continue celebrating the summer between parasols, floats and Buzz Lightyear towels. A 33 x 17 m sheet of water for the enjoyment of the whole family, finished off by the service of sun loungers and the bar. The partners are clear that, apart from the family pool outside, when you go with small children it is convenient to take refuge in the indoor pool. Nothing like attending those reunions in muffs from this elevated and calm vantage point.
CEM Guinardo open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 4. Tickets without subscription range from €5.60 to €6.52 depending on age and day of the week. Children under 5 years, free. Telegraph, 31-45. cemguinardo.cat
5. Ad skips
Every summer the same. It is to reach the Olympic stands of the Montjuïc Municipal Pool and hold your breath as you witness the glorious panoramic spectacle: the skyline of the city in the background, contrasting with the amazing trampoline plus the turquoise hues of the underwater tiles. After the diva descent down the stairs, take a quick shower to immerse yourself as soon as possible in the refreshing depths. All the space in the world to score some good crawls. Here you don’t have to display amazing amphibious qualities to get them to look at you. You just have to practice towel pose changes like Kylie Minogue in the video for ‘Slow’, or make hedonistic eyes like in ‘Se a vida e’, by Pet Shop Boys. The towel flirting and the smug selfies are going to burn. Then it’s all about having a drink on the terrace Salt’sthe bar with views over the stands. A steamy contemporary image that looks like a painting by David Hockney: Olympic trampoline, ocean-city.
The Montjuïc Municipal Pool open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 4. From Friday to Sunday, the hours are extended until 8:30 p.m. Admission ranges between €4.73 and €7.05. Av. de Miramar, 31. picornell.cat.
6. High baths
Pirouette and lounger
Near that great obelisk of the Palau Sant Jordi, the world is arranged in lanes, areas of sun and shade, flippant or tacky swimsuits. The Bernat Picornell pools they are the ideal ecosystem for aquatic athletes and overheated families. olympic dimensions in the outdoor pool, aquatic routines on the deck and the most precise physical-chemical and microbiological conditions in the water. All of this ends with aerial view that gives us the bar with giant terrace from where we can practice another great national sport: take a cane while we watch the staff enjoying themselves in the water. The children learn to float with their cork floats, the loungers are colonized and the flow is practiced aquagym of some octogenarians competes with the pirouettes of the kids jumping into the water. Ah: better not to become an Andrew Garfield-level voyeur in ‘Under the Silver Lake’ seeing how the bikini is marked on that silhouette, which then is all paranoia.
The Bernat Picornell pools open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until September 11. Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission goes from €7.80 to €12.73. Av. de l’Estadi, 30-38. picornell.cat
7. Intimate summer
chlorine and rain
The pleasure it gives to see the drops fall on the Water with your head below the surface is indescribable. If there is a pool where you want to be surprised by a summer storm, that is the one in the Montjuïc Swimming Club. The descent through the hypnotic cleft in the mountain leading to this subtle blue surface is an access to the romantic summer. The smell of pine and the sound of birds surrounds every step towards classic stone trampolines. Colorful banners over the water announce the olympic goal. As you flap parallel to the buoys alternately contemplating the sky or the blue lines in the background, the memory of other summers arrives. The harmony of the place evokes splendid sunsets. The familiarity of the moment and the machinery of nostalgia They work in all their glory.
The Montjuïc Swimming Club It opens from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. One-time entry for non-members (from €6 to €18) depends on the day’s occupancy. Segura, s/n. www.cnmontjuic.cat
8. Boy overboard
dip in the park
Here it does not cover. The child’s play soak what does he become Creueta del Coll park during the summer months is a great relief for sultry afternoons. Their big Lake presided over by a sculpture by Chillida is an authentic splash oasis: 2,700 square meters, a maximum depth of 60 centimeters and capacity for 840 people. This is where they stay Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob to play. The children go up and down excitedly islet of palm trees and the place overflows with hysterical laughter, lovely puddles and the constant feeling of adventure and fun.
The Creueta del Coll lake open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until July 31, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from August 1 to September 4. General admission costs €2.49. There are discounts and bonuses. Mare de Déu del Coll, 77. www.ae-eixample.cat