Posted on 22/05/2019

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These are the world's most amazing open-air swimming pools

Why not skip the beach and hit the pool instead? Here are eight of the world's most impressive outdoor swimming pools!

Bondi Icebergs Club, Sydney, Australia

The Bondi Icebergs Club is possibly the most famous outdoor swimming pool in the world due to its incredible position extending out into the South Pacific. The pool, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is open for guests and members, as well as being available for various functions such as weddings. It's used for winter swimming and visitors will often see dramatic waves crashing over the wall of the site into the pool, making this an incredibly unique experience. - © jovannig/123RF

Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary

The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe, and the site has been open for over 100 years with various expansions and repairs happening during this time. The warm water of the baths has a mineral composition which is thought to be therapeutic and healing for various orthopedic and arthritic issues. Not only are the baths a place to relax, they also host an evening event called Sparty, where DJs play and bars are opened around the baths. - © Olena Kachmar/123RF

Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, Canada

This heated saltwater swimming pool, open from May to September only, is about 450 feet in length, making it the longest swimming pool in North America. Just like the Bondi Icebergs Club in Sydney, this swimming pool sits right on the coast of Vancouver, looking out onto English Bay with fantastic views of the city. Fun fact: due to its salty composition, the water is particularly buoyant, making swimming a lot easier! - © modfos/123RF

San Alfonso del Mar, Santiago, Chile

Stretching a massive 3,323 feet in length, the San Alfonso del Mar resort swimming pool claims the title of the second largest pool in the world, beaten only by the manmade crystalline lagoon in Sharm el Sheik. Opened in 2006, the San Alfonso del Mar private resort in Santiago, Chile boasts its own man-made beaches beside the pool, and visitors can even sail and waterski on the water. What a unique experience! - © pierivb/123RF

Tinside Lido, Plymouth, UK

Although the golden age of British lidos is considered to have been during the 1930s as demonstrated by the Art Deco design of most outdoor pools in the UK, the Tinside Lido in Plymouth is often voted one of the best pools in Europe. It was shut down during a period of decline between 1992 and 2005 before being reopened thanks to campaigns and renovations. Located in the centre of Plymouth's coastal region named The Hoe, the lido uses seawater and is open to the public during the summer months only, when it's busy with both locals and tourists. - © colindamckie/123RF

Sky Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sky Society, described by its owners as a "luxury hostel", is known for its in the amazing yet vertigo-inducing rooftop swimming pool, where customers can enjoy a relaxing dip with stunning views over the city and the Gombak River. Although this may seem like a feature of a swanky, expensive hotel, the hostel is actually very affordable, and its rooms also offer great views of the modern city, packed full of incredible, impressive skyscrapers. - © Busakorn Pongparnit/123RF

Piscina Municipal de Montjuļc, Barcelona, Spain

This public swimming pool is situated atop Montjuļc, the huge mountain that overlooks the city of Barcelona and is also home to the Olympic Park, the location of the 1992 Summer Olympics. Visitors can enjoy this pool all day usually during July and August with entry prices starting at 4.50 EUR. This is the perfect alternative for those who want to avoid the Barceloneta beach crowds and finding sand everywhere, even days later! - © Volha Katsiuba/123RF

North Sydney Olympic Pool, Sydney, Australia

This fantastic swimming pool is located right at the northern foot of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, making it one of the most brilliant places for a swim. The North Sydney Olympic Pool is open to the public, with adult entry set at around 8 AUD, and also offers a gym and exercise classes. Despite its name, it was not actually used in the Olympic Games, which were held in Sydney in the summer of 2000. - © Mletsch/123RF