We get it! You want to cool down and escape the hustle and bustle of hot city life, but don’t want to go to a crowded beach. Well, we’ve got great news: Spain’s got the perfect secluded summer escapes! Throughout the country, there are hundreds of natural pools, stunning waterfalls, and tucked away coves. But how in the world do you find these hidden gems? We’ve gathered a collection of some of Spain’s best natural escapes, whose waters are waiting for you to hop on in. So pack your swimsuit and hiking shoes…let’s go!

Natural Pools

Aniol d’Aguja (Catalonia)

In the province of Girona sits this breathtaking natural pool, characterized by clear blue waters, a running waterfall, and a surrounding marked by legend and history. The hike to arrive is as beautiful as the destination, full of local history, abandoned old cottages, and lush greenery.

The Caletón in Garachico (Tenerife)

While Tenerife is packed with beautiful and quaint natural pools, the Caletón is one for the books. Located in the town of Garachico, it’s right next to the ocean, allowing you to swim in the fresh water while admiring the big ocean blue. The surrounding landscape is especially unique, as it was formed by a volcanic explosion in 1706! The lava from Trevejo volcano has since hardened, forming this spectacular setting.


Cascada de la Cola del Caballo (Aragón)

Set deep within the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, this dazzling waterfall rests in the midst of the Pyrenees. Its name, translated to “horsetail waterfall”, is one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Spain. It’s well worth the three hours hike, trekking through trails along the Arazas River, past tall green pines, and hidden caves.

Nacimiento del Rio Cuervo (Cuenca)

Flowing from the Cuervo River, this one-of-a-kind waterfall starts at the top of the Cuenca mountains, and disperses into hundreds of falling streams. The spectacle is said to look like a Spanish fan, as it “fans” out from the steep cliffs forming a curtain over the rocks. It’s a breathtaking view that you won’t “fall” into anywhere else in the world!


Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve (Almería)

If you are searching for beach escapes removed from the busy city beaches, Cabo de Gata is your spot; with over 10 coves to choose from, you certainly won’t get bored! From El Barronal Cove with its tranquil hippie vibe, to Los Toros Cove, surrounded by black sand. Don’t feel like trekking? Hop on a goat and ride it up to Cala Rajá, known for its young crowd!

Cala d’Or (Mallorca)

One of the most popular coves in Mallorca, Cala d’Or is characterized by fine white sand, bright blue waters and lush vegetation. It’s a perfect escape, although not too far away from the cosmopolitan movement of the island. Have we convinced you to escape from the city heat? Once you are bathing in the fresh waters of Spain’s most relaxing natural pools and sky-high waterfalls, we know you won’t regret it! Which one is first on your summer list? Written by: Casie Tennin July 27, 2016

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