After a long year of being in and out of lockdowns, most of us are desperate to get away on a getaway this summer. For those of you craving a long swim in the fresh, open-air and hot sun, don’t overlook city breaks!
There are loads of cities that are perfect for a swimming mini-break. Imagine swimming through fresh waters whilst viewing some of the world’s most beautiful skylines.
Here is a list of the top six cities in the world for a swimming mini-break you won’t forget.
1. London, UK
London has hundreds of swimming facilities that attract swimmers from across the world. The beautiful Hampstead Heath Ponds enables you to swim in the heart of London, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Another popular thing in London is outdoor swimming, which more and more people realise the thrill that wild swimming can bring. This city also has the Serpentine Lido, located in Hyde Park, home to the oldest swimming club in Britain.
2. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is home to a number of amazing places to swim, including the Islands Brygge Harbour Bath where you can take a swim whilst gazing at the city skyline, and the Kastrup Sobad that looks over the Oresund Bridge that leads to the Swedish coast.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is home to the Kitsilano Pool that brings together the city’s only saltwater swimming facility with the city’s skyline and the English Bay. It’s open during the summer months, making it perfect for a swimming mini-break.
4. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a popular summer resort. Not only is it great for a relaxing day on the beach, but it is also suited to those of you who are keen swimmers. The Montjuic Olympic Pool offers a beautiful view of the Spanish skyline and overlooks the spires of the Sagrada Familia.
5. Rykjavik, Iceland
Taking a dip in the cold Icelandic waters might not sound enjoyable, but the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach in Reykjavik enables you to swim in warm waters (and relax in cosy hot tubs) right next to the city.
6. New York, USA
New York is probably not one of the first cities you think of when you hear ‘swimming’. However, this city has an amazing public pool located in the heart of the city. The Bronx Floating Pool is a seven-lane lido that sits right next to the Bronx’s Barretto Point Park. The Astoria Park Pool is another hugely popular outdoor swimming area that overlooks the Hell Gate bridges.