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Hidden swimming pool at Parc de la Creueta del Coll

In the summer, there’s nothing more enjoyable (and refreshing!) than paying a visit to Parc de la Creueta del Coll in Barcelona, because atop a hill, you’ll find a fantastic outdoor pool surrounded by nature. Last summer, we went swimming there once, and you can read about our experience below!

A visit to Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Parc de la Creueta del Coll is located on a hill in the neighborhood of El Coll. Because this place used to be a quarry, the park now resembles a sort of crater surrounded by nature. In the middle of the park, there’s a lake that is transformed into an outdoor swimming pool during the summer.

To get there, we took the bus, but you can also reach the park by metro. From the main entrance at Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, it was just a short walk until we reached the pool. Then we bought the tickets for entry to the pool.

Parc de la Creueta del Coll Barcelona
Parc de la Creueta del Coll Barcelona

A refreshing dip

Tickets for this pool are very cheap: only €2.49 per person and even free for children under 1 year old. While you can rent a sunbed, it’s also possible to lay your towel on the grass or the ground.

There are also showers, umbrellas, and toilets, and a lifeguard is on duty.

The pool itself is divided into two sections, with a lovely grove of palm trees in the middle and the imposing concrete sculpture by Eduardo Chillida on the other side. The sculpture is called “Elogio al agua” (In Praise of Water) and is a 50-ton piece of concrete that hangs above the pool.

It’s not a deep pool, making it perfect for going with children.

Although the pool could use some maintenance, we thoroughly enjoyed this outing with our little one. First, we splashed around in the water, and when we were somewhat dry, we had some food at the nearby bar.

Swimmingpool at Parc de la Creueta del Coll
Swimmingpool at Parc de la Creueta del Coll

A bite to eat

The bar at Parc de la Creueta del Coll, called La Tapeta Del Coll, was a pleasant surprise for us because although it looks quite simple from the outside, we enjoyed a delicious assortment of croquetas (Spanish croquettes) with some fries.

The bar also has a shaded terrace where you can sit and enjoy the view of the playground and the pool.

La Tapeta Del Coll Barcelona
La Tapeta Del Coll

Playgrounds and nature

When the meal was over, it was time to play. In addition to the pool, Parc de la Creueta del Coll also offers plenty of opportunities to entertain the kids. There’s a playground with slides and swings, as well as ping-pong tables and gymnastic equipment.

Visitors can also take a walk through the park and enjoy the view over the lake.

If you’re looking for a more challenging trail, there are hiking paths that will take you to the top of the hill. However, you should skip these on a summer day, as it gets too hot.

Kinderspeeltuin bij Parc de la Creueta del Coll Barcelona
Playgrounds at Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Parc de la Creueta del Coll is a relatively peaceful place, even on a summer day, mainly visited by locals. So if you’re looking for a nice off-the-beaten-path spot, this is the place to be!

Have you ever been to Parc de la Creueta del Coll, and what did you (or your children) think of it? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Parc de la Creueta del Coll in Barcelona
Parc de la Creueta del Coll in Barcelona

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Hello! My name is Marta, and I am a born and raised Barcelonian. I love introducing people to Barcelona, especially the Barcelona known to locals. In Barcelona, I am always looking for fun places and tips that I can then share with you, with the goal of helping you experience Barcelona like a local.

Marta Rubio

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