Natural pools in Tenerife of all sorts
with five as my best


To declare that natural pools are all those which don't contain chlorine wouldn't be good enough. There is so much more to be said about them.

Natural pond in  Icod de los Vinos of TenerifeNatural pond

Depicted above is a natural pond of a private farm. Water that originates from the trade winds feeds it. Pipes from a nearby slope in Icod de los Vinos transport it. It's a very pretty, natural set-up but I wouldn't return to it. Mind a cheaper tariff for  the agricultural use of water can be obtained in this case.

My top five favorites of natural pools in Tenerife

Let me come to the point. Then,  you may read on and may add others to them.

  1.  Lido Lago Martianez big and small saltwater lake pools
  2. The inshore paradise nature pool of Hotel Botanico
  3.  Garachico volcanic pools nicely seen from a restaurant above the Caleton
  4.  The San Telmo beach tidal pools in Puerto de la Cruz
  5.  The Rock pools with La Gomera views by the giant cliffs

The top most natural Lido pools of all Canary Islands - Lago Martianez

All of them have been improved by volcanic landscaping. A highly sophisticated system maintains their saltwater content spotless.  Only natural ocean rock pools may compete with that standard.

La Laja the rock pool in the most picturesque setting

Charco la Laja

and the nearby

Charco del Viento of La Guancha

5 star Botanico Hotel lake

This natural jewel of a remarkable hotel lake where a bridge separates its two parts is a different story. Not just by size... Why? It's brimming with Koi carps. Often, there are black swans with their off-springs and tortoises bath on stones by the water's edge. Butterflies visit captivating flowers by its shore and birds sing in the surrounding trees and palms.

Garachico pools for swimming 

Nature pools Garachico by its CaletonNature pools Garachico by its Caleton

The natural pools of El Caleton of Garachico are the result of a grave volcanic eruption. Rocks almost enclose the swimming basins totally. Underneath is said to be a wonderful sea world.

The San Telmo tidal pools beside Lago Martianez

Important to know is that this San Telmo area which is also known as  Playa San Telmo is quite safe for swimming and snorkeling during low tide. Why? Its geological Lava outcrops are often protective barriers for the so called Charcos whom we know as tidal pools.
They make up a fairly large area of semi open, rocky,  volcanic enclosures. 

Actually, there are two sets of dog friendly, natural pools by this  shore of the giant cliffs both of which are  near each other.

Loro park ocean water pools and Siam Surf pool

Discover why the Siam Surf pool feels so natural when you read up on the topic water sports of Tenerife. There even is a surf video.

Show pool stunt pool Loro Park Puerto Cruz Tenerife SpainShow pool stunt pool

Then, there is the  Loro park fun. Enormous water basins provide natural conditions to let dolphins, sea lions and Orcas entertain you with their stunts.

The legendary lagoon pool
of the first Tenerife capital

That's the former natural water reservoir of San Cristobal de la Laguna. Unfortunately, this enormous inland lagoon that was the reason for the initial Tenerife capital in this spot dried out over the centuries.

Are there natural swimming pools at el Guindaste?

El Guindaste rocks with pools  off Rambla del Mar RealejosEl Guindaste rock pools

That's what locals say who also swim at el Guindaste. They know when the ocean is safe. However, this insider beach is much exposed and often dangerous.

Why are natural rock pools fairly safe?

Man made walls together with rocks are meant to protect the swimmer by such pools at a seashore. The conditions of swimming options in the wild by Los Gigantes shores,  San Telmo and Garachico are similar. Not to forget the Charco de la Laja by San Juan de la Rambla which is known for its prominent horse shoe shape at its best times of the day. Of course, there are many more, most of which are smaller or less breath taking.

Charcos de Don Gabino and de la Araña

Charco Don Gabino or Arana by the town Los Silos.Charco Don Gabino

Charco de Don Gabino a real nature swimming pool of Los Silos  by its "Sweet water beach" is a typical smaller version. I've been there on April, 02, 2011 and there was no sign to confirm its name but there was the museum plaque of the stunning fossilized whale next to it. The Charco de la Araña is a picturesque "Atlantic tarn" by Caleta de Interian.

Waterball match in saltwater pools in Puerto Cruz in the year 2010.

The gigantic public swimming pool basin of the Puerto Cruz swimming club by Playa Jardin isn't filled with ocean saltwater any more. It needed repairs but no funds have been available until now in 2018. So I am told.  The photo beside depicts the good old days with a water ball match of 2010. 

Taoro Natural pools or Risco Belo ponds

The Puerto de la Cruz Risco Bello Park ponds may have been filled by a mountain fountain once. Today, these murky pools are called ugly by some. You cannot sea fish in them. Nevertheless, they look wild with their sea roses, papyrus and reeds. Indeed, the mirror image of the Risco Bello still water with red beaked black swan beside is enough proof for acceptable natural conditions.

Glacier or arctic ice pools

None of them exist in Tenerife although there is snow by Mount Teide in winter.

However in winter, the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is said to have an ice skating pool by Plaza de España. Around Christmas, this wide basin is covered with artificial plastic which simulates ice and makes it possible to skate on it.

More natural pools which were enhanced

Coming to think of it only its closeness to the ocean gives the pools of  the Lido of Los Gigantes a natural feel. It's not the landscaping around it. The same applies to an extent to Parque Maritimo César Manrique and the swim basins at Baja Mar. However, all contain saltwater from the Atlantic.

Beach Baja Mar pools

Santa Cruz Tenerife Maritim pool resort by Cesar Manrique...

Beach Agua Dulce by Los Silos with more than one natural pool

Palmetum Park museum with its natural pool high above the sea

Tenerife natural underground pools

Note that there are still underground pools below ground in the Puerto Cruz district of Plaza del Charco, by el Muelle and part of Calle Lomo as well as by church San Francisco with its naturally fed pond. Once, the area had many shallow ocean pools above ground.

Some buildings of this area installed pumps to keep building basements and foundations protected against mould, mildew and rotting walls.

From natural pools back to Tenerife beaches.

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