Crazy for getting into all the puddles

Among the many secrets that the Canary Islands hold, there is one that amazes everyone who knows it: its natural pools, masterpieces of nature that have taken millions of years to reach the current form with which they triumph on Instagram (and fortunately, on the retina, a few seconds before) of travelers from all over the world. The pools have their origin in the numerous volcanic eruptions that, throwing countless tons of rock, ash and lava on the islands, have formed strips. In many cases, they didn’t stop until they reached the ocean. Centuries and centuries of erosion and tides shaped these strips and created natural pools in the very ocean that, scattered throughout the islands, are one of the most curious and joyous surprises that await in the archipelago. There are 492 cataloged puddles, but these are the inexcusable ones.

Just 20 minutes by boat from Corralejo (Fuerteventura), is the islet of Lobos.  A corner to disconnect and enjoy among its crystal clear waters.
Just 20 minutes by boat from Corralejo (Fuerteventura), is the islet of Lobos. A corner to disconnect and enjoy among its crystal clear waters.

From Charco Azul to Charco Azul

the relative youth of the island of El Hierro means that erosion has not left large beaches, but instead has an impressive collection of natural pools. In the north of the island, Charco Manso, with its caves and arches, is breathtakingly beautiful. Its name, well deserved, makes it ideal to be enjoyed with the family.

In the town of El Golfo, in the southwest of the island, is the famous Charco Azul. A perfectly conditioned path descends from the road to a cliff and there, a staircase attached to it leads to the beautiful grotto. Turquoise water fills this natural pool, covered by a natural basalt vault, and the soundtrack is the murmur of the ocean, modulated by the acoustics of the enclave… Jumping areas, another puddle ⎯ this one, in the open air ⎯ and a solarium complete the day of bathing in the Charco Azul de El Hierro, which can have an ideal finishing touch by visiting the Bodega Soterana, just a couple of kilometers away, where you can taste and buy its wines, made with ancestral techniques.

El Charco Azul (El Hierro), is one of the most spectacular bathing areas on the island.  Located in El Golfo, this virgin enclave represents the 'whims' of the volcanoes.
El Charco Azul (El Hierro), is one of the most spectacular bathing areas on the island. Located in El Golfo, this virgin enclave represents the ‘whims’ of the volcanoes.

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No less famous than El Charco Azul in El Hierro is its namesake from La Palma. On the coast of San Andrés, in the northeast of La Palma, is the area of ​​El Charco Azul, with the large pool that gives it its name, another smaller one and a volcanic stone cove, the Charco de las Damas, where you can enjoy the bath throughout the year. Nothing is missing to make the visit as complete as possible: there is parking, a kiosk and toilets, which, added to the care for the environment and its accessibility, have earned Charco Azul international awards, such as the Ecoplayas flag.

In the Charco Azul de La Palma there is parking, a kiosk and toilets, which added to the care of the environment and its accessibility have earned it international awards, such as the Ecoplayas flag.

A unique way to enjoy the sea

In the north of Tenerife are the most popular natural pools on the island. In La Guancha, the Charco de la Laja, a stone’s throw from San Juan de la Rambla, is very easily accessible. Nearby, along the Icod de los Vinos road, is the spectacular Charco del Viento, with several bathing areas. It is one of the natural pools with the best access on the islands, and its views, with Mount Teide as the protagonist, make it very popular throughout the year, as well as being very popular among snorkelers.

The enormous landscape and natural values ​​of the islet of Lobos have earned it the declaration of a Natural Park.  La Caleta is its main beach.
The enormous landscape and natural values ​​of the islet of Lobos have earned it the declaration of a Natural Park. La Caleta is its main beach.

Other natural pools in Tenerife that should not be missed are those of Bajamar, in La Laguna, with all the services and adorned, deservedly, with a blue flag, and those of El Caletón, in the beautiful town of Garachico. They were born with the eruption of Trevejo at the beginning of the 18th century, and they have walkways, steps and diving spots and unforgettable views of the La Culata cliffs.

rough sea pools

To take a dip in a natural pool in Gran Canaria, it is best to go to El Agujero, in Gáldar, or to the spectacular Roque Prieto, in Santa María de la Guía, in a section where the sea usually breaks fiercely and, in those days, it demands the attention of bathers. In the north of the island are the three pools of the Salinas de Agaete, much quieter, ideal for a peaceful bath.

As it could not be less, the volcanic DNA of Lanzarote is also very present in its collection of natural pools. El Charco de San Ginés, which is embedded in the very center of Arrecife, and is one of its most recognizable places in the capital of the island, must be noted on the agenda; Los Charcones, very close to Playa Blanca, which extend for almost two kilometers of coastline, creating natural pools of changing shapes, and those of Punta Mujeres, in the northeast of the island, flanked by the beautiful white houses of the town.

In Fuerteventura, the enormous Laguna de Playa Barca, in Pájara, very close to Costa Calma, is one of the best beaches on the island. Its waters are shallow ⎯barely 40 centimeters⎯, making it ideal for long walks.

The archipelago has 492 cataloged puddles and natural pools.  Three of them are located in Las Salinas de Agaete (Gran Canaria).
The archipelago has 492 cataloged puddles and natural pools. Three of them are located in Las Salinas de Agaete (Gran Canaria).

Even the smallest of the Canary Islands have wonderful natural pools. In La Graciosa, the low tide reveals several volcanic pools in some stretches of the coast that not even the most advanced navigators know how to geolocate. And in La Gomera are the pools of Hermigua, in a privileged enclave: to the beauty of the valley that the pools have behind them and the infinite ocean that bathes them, is added the resounding image of four columns of mythological airs that break into a thousand shades at sunset. They are the columns of the old davit of Hermigua, the structures that the Gomerans used, until well into the last century, to load and unload the feluccas (boats) that reached the coast. Ingenious architecture that tells us about the past and that frames, in the most curious way, the relaxing bath in salt water in one of the most beautiful places in the Canary Islands.

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