Swimming has always been my thing but in the last 10 years it has been nice to grab a bikini to go to a pool instead of a one piece and a swimming cap. I went swimming nearly every day I was in Madeira over the Summer but the best place I went in the water was in this lava pool. In Portuguese the name is Piscinas Naturais Velhas, translated it means Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, and it was a very cool experience.
I went on a full day tour with a company which I found through AirBnB Experiences. You know this stop is a highlight when it is literally in the name of the tour Skywalk & Porto Moniz Lava Pools. The thing I found most fascinating is that while these natural swimming pools were formed by volcanic lava the sea water in them is crystal clear. Even though I visited in the height of Summer the water was absolutely freezing (it is around 20º C or 68º F year round) and I could not even get in the water past my belly button. The admission fee is only 1,50€ which gives you access the the pool, grounds, and changing rooms. Sun lounges and umbrellas are available for an extra fee but I did not stay long enough to need one. Take a look at this gorgeous pool which is open year round:
This bikini is one of my favorites, in fact I just ordered two more in the Black Friday sale and it is less than $20 – you can find it here! And while Sparkles & Shoes hates videos in case you missed the Reel I posted on Instagram when I was there in July take a look:
Would you want to go to the Madeira lava pools?