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.
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.
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.