Not just a stunning spot for a dip, Piscina das Marés (in Leça da Palmeira, on the outskirts of Porto) is also an architectural marvel. The angular concrete frame was an early work by starchitect Álvaro Siza. In fact, Siza grew up ten minutes away in Matosinhos – which might explain the intimate way that the pools and ramps of the Piscina das Marés melt into the rocky Atlantic coast.
When it comes to taking a dip, swimming in the open sea is as good as it gets. With no chlorine, no sweaty changing rooms, and a natural conveyor belt of incredible views, the world’s most spectacular ocean pools represent the very pinnacle when it comes to swimming, and these are the best of the best.
From the Pacific coast of Mexico to the Atlantic islands of Madeira and Tenerife, these ocean pools offer safe water and gorgeous vistas ready for a good time. Water a little cold? Don’t worry, actual scientists have proven that chilly swims are good for your health.
Without further ado, let's get dipping.