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Lidos, Natural Pools and Urban Beaches Around the World

A city break doesn't rule out some seriously stunning outdoor swimming. Holiday website Travel Republic pick their top 11 best outdoor swimming places in cities around the world

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Swims in this collection

  1. Bondi Icebergs Pool

    Open all year round, this pool prides itself on being the 'home of winter swimming' in Sydney. Find out more here: https://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/blog/city-swimming

  2. Hampstead Heath Mixed Ponds, London

    The three swimming ponds on Highgate are generally for pleasure swimming in costumes only, but triathletes can now attend in wetsuits for specific sessions. All...

  3. Kitsilano Pool

    Open during the summer, this is the only saltwater swimming venue in Vancouver.

  4. Badeschiff

    This pool was commissioned by the City Arts Project, who wanted to provide Berliners with a safe way to swim in the River Spree. It...

  5. Armier Bay Swimming Hole

    A natural pool tucked away in the northern tip of Armier Bay, this is the perfect place for sea swimming.

  6. Kastrup Sobad

    An impressive structure, this wooden platform surrounds the Kastrup Bay sea. It is open in the summer and is free to enter.

  7. Montjuic Pool

    A public pool with an incredible view across Barcelona's skyline. Open July to August.

  8. Szechenyi Thermal Baths

    The Szechenyi Baths consist of 18 separate pools, 15 of which are fed by thermal springs. They are open all year.

  9. Piscina das Mares

    Perched on the edge of the Atlantic, this is the perfect place for a scenic swim. Open all year, there are separate pools for adults...

  10. Lake Limni Vouliagmenis

    It is a 'spa' lake, with water always beyond 20 Celsius year round. Nice surrounding area of caves in the Ymytus Mountain slope on which...

  11. Astoria Park Pool

    With a fantastic view of the RFK Triborough Bridge and open June to Sept, this pool was used in both the 1936 and 1964 Summer...

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