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Dive In! A Guide to Europe’s Most Enchanting Lidos

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Sunglasses, a cool drink in hand, and you sprawled out on a pool mattress basking in the summer sun. This idyllic image is likely the dream of many right now, as they navigate the increasingly chaotic and frazzled cities. After months of grey and cold days, many of us are fantasising about our first swim. 

If you’re not fortunate enough to reside close to a beach (and sometimes even if you are), a lido is the perfect solution. Taking a refreshing swim in the pool, or simply lounging by the poolside with your buddies, not only helps in maintaining your body temperature but also has a calming effect on your mood.

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as exercising while swimming outdoors. A few laps followed by sunbathing, an aperitif, the taste of chlorine mingling with the scent of sunscreen – pure summer bliss! However, if you’re looking for a unique experience, opting for an open-air pool that boasts history, charm, and a unique atmosphere is the perfect choice for a well-deserved relaxing day out.

From the vintage British pools to the glamorous lidos in France, including the elegant ones in Spain and the green man-made river bath in Prague, CrunchyTales has dug around to select the best places in Europe for midlife women like you, who need a refreshing, sophisticated and social swim in great style.

If you’re planning to visit one of these Countries, this summer, make sure not to miss them.

Taking the Plunge: The Top European Lidos 

Piscine Molitor, Paris, France

Two pools, one indoor, and one outdoor, cater to all preferences, Molitor, renowned for its chic art deco design, is a globally recognized swimming pool. Back in 1929, Lucien Pollet’s visionary creation became a sensation during the Jazz Age. This iconic venue attracted the vibrant crowd of swinging Paris, and even employed the famous Olympic swimmer and Tarzan actor, Johnny Weissmuller, as a lifeguard. Situated on the outskirts of the Bois de Boulogne, it has been beautifully restored and transformed into a stunning MGallery design hotel.

Fun fact: Did you know that the bikini made its debut here?

Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, UK

Immerse yourself in history at this enchanting lido, which boasts a spacious outdoor pool, a separate pool for little ones, and a charming cafe. Whether you’re planning a fun-filled day with your family or a relaxed afternoon with friends, this place has it all.

Nestled in Sandford Park since 1935, right by the picturesque River Chelt and just southeast of the stunning Georgian town centre, this lido is surrounded by vast lawns that are perfect for soaking up the sun after a refreshing swim. Don’t miss the impressive fountain and the fact that it was chosen as a training spot for Olympic swimming teams before the 2012 London Games.

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Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

This lido is not just an ordinary pool, it’s a lovely example of architecture. Remember that Kylie Minogue video for Slow?  Yes, it was filmed right here at Barcelona’s Piscina Municipal de Montjuic. The pool was constructed for the 1929 International Exposition and offers breathtaking views of the city and a timeless atmosphere.

Despite undergoing renovations for the Mediterranean Games in 1955 and the 1992 Olympics, which showcased the brilliance of architectural design and symbolized Spain’s revival from the dark days of fascism in the 1930s, the pool still possesses its allure. The televised images of divers gracefully diving into the pool with the cityscape as a backdrop have mesmerized countless individuals who have never had the chance to visit. Those fortunate enough to have experienced the joy of being at this mountaintop location above the city can easily overlook the occasional leaks and peeling paint, as the overall experience is truly enchanting.

Biotop Radotín, Prague, Czech

Biotop Radotín is just a 30-minute train ride from the city’s main train station. Green fields and views of distant hills surround the facility, making it worth the short ride. The kidney-shaped pool is the only swimming spot in the Czech capital that doesn’t use chlorine— aquatic plants clean the water. It’s basically a man-made water reservoir built right next to the Berounka River which has a natural filtration system, where the water is cleansed by bioactive zones without resorting to chemicals. Perfect for ladies who are environmentally conscious.

Bagni Misteriosi, Milan, Italy

Inaugurated in 1939, it is a true Art Nouveau jewel. In the original project, the swimming pool was an integral part of a multi-function space for sport and leisure, which included a theatre (now the Teatro Parenti). Thanks to crowdfunding and a creative call-to-action involving famous Milanese citizens and professionals, the Pier Lombardo Foundation, which manages these premises and the theatre, has redeveloped the 9,600 square metre open-air space by combining its functions with those of the indoor hall and bringing back to its original unity an architectural, historical and cultural public heritage that had been disassembled in the post-war period.

Time to grab your best swimsuit and soak up the sunshine while swimming outdoors, ladies! After all, Vitamin D is essential for bone health and overall well-being, and lidos provide the perfect opportunity to get your daily dose.

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