Medellin Free City Guide

Swimming Pools in Medellin

There’s nothing better than relaxing by the pool on a hot sunny day in Medellin. Luckily many apartments in Medellin have swimming pools, especially in Poblado. Make sure you ask your rental agency or landlord if the pool receives a lot of sun or is heated. Some buildings cast shade on their pools all day, they can be quite chilly and not good for sunbathing.

Quite a few hotels and a couple of hostels, have swimming pools also. However these pools are usually only available to guests. The Intercontinental has a large pool perfect for laps. San Fernando Plaza Hotel pool is smaller but should be ok for less serious swimmers. The rooftop pool of the Charlee whilst small, is a nice place to relax, maybe have a drink, and people watch. You can search TripAdvisor for a full list hotels that have pools.

The best hostels with pools are the Pitstop Hostel and Waypoint Hostel.

For Serious Swimmers:

Surprisingly there aren’t any local council swimming pools in the Poblado area. EAFIT University has a nice training pool but you have to be a student to use it. Probably the best option for swimming training in Poblado is at Brazada – it’s an option virtually unknown even to many locals.

If you don’t mind travelling to the other side of town, there are several government run training pools:

  • Complejo Acuático de la Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot – Carrera 72 No. 48 – 100. Located in the “Estadio” complex there are 12 swimming pools including olympic sized pools. Before you go make sure you check the schedule of times.
  • Piscina Olímpica Unidad Deportiva de Belén – Carrera 66B No. 31A -15
  • Piscina Semiolímpica Los Alcázares – Calle 48B C No. 88A – 62

You can find more information about them HERE.

For a Fun Day Out:

Aeroparque Juan Pablo II –probably more suited for a day out with family and friends. They have standard pools, slides and even a wave pool.

Toucan Tip: Be Prepared

Health & safety regulations for public pools in Medellin demand that you must wear lycra speedo type bathers (not shorts or anything made from cotton), remove your metal watches, piercings & wristbands. A cap is also mandatory. If you are wearing suncream, you must wash with soap, before entering the pool.

Swimming Pools in Medellin
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