Are you tired to go to public baths and packed beaches every summer? It should be a time for relaxation, on the contrary, you spend most of the time arguing because of the cramped spaces. Well, I have the perfect solution for you: natural pools. Take a leap into nature and discover how this type of adventure is related to serenity. Get ready! It’s time to go on a trip to the top 10 natural pools around the world.
Fairy pools, Scotland
This spectacular pool is located at the foot of the Black Cuillins, near Glenbrittle, Scotland. The blue pools, the crystal clear water, and the forest set the perfect atmosphere for a magical trip. Be careful though! The water belongs to a river and is very cold. In fact, only a few people are brave enough to go for a “wild swim“. If you plan to dive in, make sure to be equipped. Otherwise, wear thick clothes and prepare to take amazing photos. Nomen omen is the perfect phrase for this location: looks like a fairy tale. More information here.
Giola Lagoon, Greece
This natural pool carved into rocks is located in the Greek region of Astris. More specifically, in Thassos beaches. It is not easy to reach. As a matter of fact, the route to Giolia Lagoon is almost like a short trekking path. But I assure you, it’s worth it. As you head towards this place, you will find information that will lead you to the right way. In the end, you will enjoy a beautiful view and more: the height of the rocks reaches up from 8 meters. It’s the perfect spot for jumps and to rest after fatigue of the walk. More information here.
Jellyfish Lake, Palau
In the South Pacific ocean, you will find the archipelago of Palau. Specifically, on Eil Malk island, there is one underwater wonder that is universally famous around the world. I’m talking about the Jellyfish lake: every day, millions of golden jellyfish migrate across the lake. Are you scared of getting stung by them? Don’t you worry, this particular species of jellyfish has evolved over the years, so they can’t hurt you. For this reason, you can swim in their company without getting injured. More information here.
Erawan falls, Thailand
Located in West Thailand in the Tenasserim Hills range of Kanchanaburi Province, Erawan falls is known as one of the most beautiful falls in the state. It’s located in the Erawan National Park, a protected environment full of natural pools and emerald waters. The falls are surrounded by a Thailandese jungle, and consist of seven different layers, with as many natural pools. In addition to that, it is possible to go on excursions in the park, all of them perfect to enjoy nature to the fullest since the park is a natural reserve for animals.
In southwestern Turkey, near Denizli, these natural pools are not to be missed. Pamukkale means cotton castle, in fact, the whole place looks like a giant white fortress. Here, the water that comes from the spring is supersaturated with calcium carbonate; when the water reaches the surface, carbon dioxide de-gasses from the water, depositing the calcium carbonate, which crystallizes over time. This results in these amazing natural warm pools, that you can reach on foot, following the pathway. Pamukkale is a UNESCO world heritage site, check more about it here.
Grotta Della Poesia, Italia
This magnificent pearl is located in Salento, south of Italy. In Roca Vecchia, you will find this crystal clear natural pool, gifted with fresh water. Legends have been told about the name of this paradise, “the cave of poem” in Italian: it’s a famous place, where poets used to come to get inspired for their works. A staircase made of rocks will guide you to the cave, where you can admire its charm. This place is considered one of the best natural pools in Italy.
Reykjadalur hot bathe, Iceland
Do you think that Iceland it’s an everlasting cold State, full of wintery activities only? Well, it’s time to change your mind about it. Not far away from the capital, you will find Reykjadalur valley, which translated means steam valley. Can you guess the reason? After a pleasant hike, you will arrive in this valley full of hot pools and rising steam. However, it is not possible to bathe in them since the temperature is just too high. But the river is accessible, and very nice indeed.
Bimmah Sinkhole, Aruba
This particular natural pool was formed over time as the groundwater gradually wore away the limestone until it deteriorated and created this amazing set. It’s located in Aruba, Oman, more specifically into the Hawiyat Najm Park. In this turquoise water pool is possible to swim and sunbathe, but that’s not all. Bimmah Sinkhole is home to doctor fish, a particular species of fish that can clean your feet from impurities.
Krka national park, Croatia
Named after the Krka river, this amazing park contains one of the most beautiful calcium carbonate waterfalls of Europe: Skradinski Buk waterfall. It’s located in southern Croatia and it’s easy to reach. If you are planning to reach this park, then you should also visit the rest of Croatia as well, as it is a small country. You can enjoy magnificent views, limpid waters, and promenades surrounded by nature. Check more information here.
Devil’s pool, Zambia
Last but not least, one of the most powerful natural landmarks. Located in Victoria Falls, you can reach the Devil’s pool only by guided boat tours. The place is stunning, but if you can’t swim properly, it’s not well indicated for you. The deep natural pool stands on the edge of the waterfall, which makes the experience full of adrenaline. More information here.