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.

Bring the Right Gear

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.

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