Is this summer very hot and you don’t always have time to go to the beach? Want to try something different? We recommend you try the municipal swimming pool of Montjuic! It consists of two outdoor pools, one of 25 m and another one for fun jumps.
But the best part is that it offers privileged views of the city of Barcelona! Do you remember the iconic image of the jumpers with the towers of the Sagrada Familia in the background?! These pictures were taken there. This swimming pool is so cool that even Kylie Minogue shot a video clip of the song “Slow” right there.
But what is the story behind it?
The Municipal Pool of Montjuïc was built in 1929 for the celebration of the Games of the Mediterranean in 1955. In 1990, the total remodelling of the pool began to become the headquarters of the Barcelona Olympic Games ’92. Specifically, it was the scene of the trampoline jump competition and the preliminary water polo phase.
One of the most important modifications was to demolish the old pool and form two new pools, one for the jumps and the other for the water polo, as well as providing them with a provisional grandstand for 2,400 spectators, which added to the 4,100 permanent seats made a total of 6,500 seats. This place is huge!
During the summer season, it is a great attraction. It is a space open to all the neighbours of the city. The outdoor competition pool, with the usual capacity for 3,000 spectators, has seen numerous Spanish and Catalan swimming and synchronized swimming championships. Among the most important international meetings is the celebration of synchronized swimming events at the 2003 World Swimming Championships and water polo at the 2013 World Swimming Championships. Currently the pools are for public use throughout the year. Swimming courses are offered to children from 3 years. On the other hand, it has a synchronized swimming team which trains and performs there. In addition, the Picornell water polo team performs training and matches at that facility. It has various aquatic health programs. In its facilities, there is a large newly renovated fitness room, two guided activity rooms, a bike room, three paddle courts and three jacuzzi and sauna areas. If you don’t feel like going swimming you can just enjoy the spectacular views from the café and restaurant called Salt Bar.
What are you waiting for? Tell us what you think about this alternative to enjoy the summer in a place other than the beach!