Wild swimming is the perfect activity for a hot day at the tail end of summer, no matter where you are in the world. Whether you're an avid open water swimmer or you just want to go for a dip, we've created a list of top spots for a final summer splash.
10. Pont du Gard, France
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the middle of the first century AD. It's essentially an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in Southern France. It's worth visiting this artistic masterpiece not only due to its historical importance but also because you can enjoy wild swimming here!
9. The Blue Cave, Croatia
The Blue Cave, also known as the Blue Grotto, is a stunning spot to visit. It's renowned for its mesmerizing blue shimmer, created by the refraction of sunlight through a crack in the stone. It's located in Dalmatia, 3 miles southwest of the island of Vis. It wasn't until recently that the cave was open to the public, and it has been a must-see location ever since. What's more, it's an ideal location for a plunge!
8. Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent lake in Slovenia; it is located within the Bohinj Valley of the Julian Alps, in the northwestern Upper Carniola region, part of Triglav National Park. This stunning spot is perfect for wild swimming: it has a beautiful mountain backdrop and clear glacial water.
7. Dancing Ledge, England
The Dancing Ledge is part of the Jurassic Coast close to Langton Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England. It's essentially a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff popular among climbers and swimmers. The ammonite-encrusted ledge is home to a man-made pool that is filled with sea water during high tide. It's an ideal place to go wild swimming as it's deep enough to breaststroke, yet shallow enough that the sun warms it up to a bearable temperature.
6. Fraser Island, Australia
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the world's largest sand island, and is the only place where rainforest grows on sand. However, the coastline and beaches surrounding Fraser Island are unsafe for swimming due to rough waters and sharks. Therefore, the best island swimming spots are actually inland lakes such as Lake Wabby and Eli Creek.