by Victor Sesma
Victor Sesma is an Alicantinian living in London. He is a Software Engineer who likes writing about the city he was born.
In Alicante, there are a few public founded swimming pools. Those are quite good for doing sport, improving your swimming abilities or just going for a swim. Let’s going to see where they are and their characteristics.
In Alicante, there are many public swimming pools but only 3 are managed and funded by the council (but all Alicante beaches are public and free to use). The prices are lower in
The first indoor/outdoor swimming pool is located in Monte Tossal which translates into Tossal Hill (it is located, obviously, on the top of a hill). Its official name is José Antonio
The indoor swimming pool has a length of 25 meters and there are 8 lines available. The water temperature is controlled and 2 lines will be reserved for people using flippers. When there are programmed courses 2 or 3 lines will be closed for the people in the class while the rest of the swimming pool is open for solo swimmers. Every now and then they will organise events and the public can assist and sit on its terraces.
The outdoor swimming pool is 50 meters long, Olympic size, and it will open only during summer. There is enough space to sunbathe on a towel in the terrace area. Inside the complex, there is a small swimming pool with a fountain in the middle. Perfect for children. The water temperature is not controlled but warm in summer.
This swimming pool is great for going by car as there is plenty of free parking space around. Every now and then a sports event will be happening and, for a few hours during the competition, parking would be impossible. It doesn’t happen often though.
The public transport links are not the best. The only line that will leave you very near to the Monte Tossal swimming pool is line 39. Another good option is line 05 which will drop you out ~8 minutes away by foot.
If you prefer to cycle, there is space for chaining your bike next to the main door.
This indoor complex is smaller than Monte Tossal. There is only 25 meters swimming pool with 6 lines. The water temperature is controlled and they have a sauna and jacuzzi that is usually broken and closed to the public. There are fast lines for using flippers and depending on the class schedule, some lines will be closed.
Even having a private parking lot, there is less space for cars than in other pools as it is usually busy. Anyhow, it is still possible to find a spot after a few minutes of search. On the dedicated spots next to the main
This indoor complex is bigger than Luis Asensi but smaller than Monte Tossal. The bonus is that the swimming pool is the newest in Alicante. It has 8 indoor lines with the water temperature being controlled. As in the other pools, some lines will be reserved for courses and fast swimmers using flippers.
As well, it has a private parking lot and it is, usually, easy to park around the area. They have spots for chaining the bikes and there are a couple of important bus lines stopping nearby: 03 and 04.
The swimming pools in Alicante offer courses designed for children, adults/teenagers and retired people. You can choose to go there and swim free by yourself or join one of the classes. If finally, you decide to join a course, the only restriction is that you have to join in advance for a full quarter. Let’s going to see how it works.
This is the easiest way to go to the pool. You just need to show up with a kind of ID: driving license, passport, NIE… and pay the entrance fee. There is a possibility to buy several entrances at the same time to save some money. A bit more information down in this article.
During the year, they do several courses targeting different people. The public can be children learning to swim, adults improving their swimming abilities or retired people keeping their bodies in shape by doing water aerobics. An important note to this is that you must be on the census in Alicante to be able to subscribe to these services. Here is all the information (in Spanish).
The prices are a bit difficult to find and you will need to have a good level of Spanish. They are inside a .pdf file on this page. If you registered on the census you might be able to get a 50% discount if you are younger than 26 or older than 63. Other scenarios where you will get a discount are: having a disability, being referred by the doctor and a few more. You will need to read the document or ask in the comments below to know more. In the pool, they will make you a member’s card if you are going to buy any of the bundles. Here is a table with the prices:
Note that you need to use all your entrances in less than 9 months or you will miss them. You can pay by cash. If using the card, you need to use the website from your phone. They will give information on how to do it at the counter.
I hope this article has helped you to decide if use or not the public swimming pools in Alicante. If you still have any doubts or comments about the pools, please, leave a comment below!