During one of the hottest summers on record, we're all looking for a bit of refreshment. We've listed some excellent swimming pools, beaches and waterfront bars to help you cool down.
Cool spots to chill out by the water
1) Paradise Cove Beach Café
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Another historic and unpretentious beach cafe serving seafood and American fare. The food here is second to the atmosphere – patrons at the cafe gain access to a gorgeous private beach, so plan to make an afternoon out of it. There are beds and lounges for rent, ideal for siesta or watching the sunset.
This small island, between the archipelago’s two main islands of Malta and Gozo, is well-known for its clear blue seas. The famous Blue Lagoon is always teeming with boats and swimmers. However, there are several other smaller bays around Comino where you can swim in the same clear and clean blue seas, that are less crowded. Also an excellent location for a hike during the cooler months.
3) Harbour Bath
Located in the very heart of Copenhagen, Islands Brygge is an essential swimming spot for locals. With views of the city, a grassy lawn for lounging and barbecues, and the best diving platform in town, Harbour Bath is the best of summer in the city. The baths are open in June, July, and August.
4) De Ceuvel
The Amsterdam North city council held a competition to find a new use for an old, polluted shipyard. A group of young entrepreneurs came up with a plan to build an entirely self-supporting and sustainable cafe including a waterless urinal, soil-cleaning vegetation and solar panels on the roof.
5) Cais do Ginjal
The Cais do Ginjal is located on the other side of the river and it’s accessible by taking the ferry that departs from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. The trip across the river is a great experience in itself but the cherry on the cake is walking along the river with Lisbon as scenery. There are a few restaurants on the boardwalk with stunning views.
6) Second Beach Pool
After a long run, walk or ride on the Seawall, Second Beach Pool is always a good idea. The heated outdoor freshwater pool is open May to September. With lifeguards on duty and two waterslides, it’s a great spot for families. Additionally, there is a section for 50-metre lanes for those looking to get in some aquatic exercise.
7) KMSKA - Museum of Fine Arts
The restored fine arts museum KMSKA has become a welcoming place for children. They can wander around looking at (and climbing onto) strange installations by Christophe Coppens, including a plush camel and a dinosaur skull. Or they can pick up a sketch pad to create their own art.
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