1. Carapacho’s thermal baths
Carapacho’s natural swimming pools are some of the most picturesque bathing spots in the archipelago: imagine the entire ocean lying before your eyes, and you, nestled in a water-filled basalt frame. Alongside the swimming holes are thermal baths: a pool filled with a water that’s hypersaline, chlorinated, rich in bicarbonate, magnesium salts and various other elements of the periodic table. The best part? The water temperature is over 35ºC.
The baths have been around since the 18th century and were traditionally recommended to treat “rheumatological diseases”, but they were recently refurbished and now function as a sort of spa: there are jet showers, massages, jacuzzis and other luxuries. It only opens during the thermal season: from May 1st to September 30th. A 30-minute soak costs €1.