If you’re the wild swimming type, swimming all year round in Mallorca’s not difficult. You just jump in the sea. But, although the Med often looks gorgeous in winter, a dip in the ocean might be exhilarating and life-affirming but relaxing it ain’t. For most of us, swimming in the ocean in December is a little bit too hardcore. We need a heated pool.
Swimming has many health benefits. Among them is its capacity to help you relax and experience an endorphin high.
But to experience the deep sense of relaxation that swimming can bring, you need to swim for a decent amount of time. Unless you’re wearing a wetsuit, which kind of defeats the object, you’ll only be able to stay in the sea for maybe 10 minutes at most.
To get the most out of swimming, you need a heated swimming pool big enough for you to swim laps. Fortunately, Deià is a short drive from the excellent Son Angelats sports centre in Soller, which has two.
Soller-based author and ultra-active lady Anna Nicholas is a fan of Son Angelats. ‘There are two big, heated pools,’ she says. ‘They’re really great, reasonably priced, open every day of the week for swimming all year round and you can either pay per swim, weekly or take out a monthly membership.’
Son Angelats is open from 8.00 am every morning. Perfect for a morning swim followed by a delicious breakfast of chocolate a la taza con churros – thick, delicious Spanish hot chocolate and deep-fried dough sprinkled with sugar – in one of the wonderful traditional cafés in Soller’s picturesque central square.
If you’re renting a home from Charles Marlow for a winter break, you have the choice of swimming in your own heated pool or heading down to Cala Deià for a bracing dip.
Another popular choice with pool heating is El Niu, which presents some of the most incredible views you will find on the whole island. A lovely place to get away to write, to contemplate nature, or just to have cozy dinners and drinks while overlooking the sea.
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