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Swimming all year round in Mallorca: an insider’s guideDecember 13, 2019

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.

At Ca La Dolors, you can sip champagne in the jacuzzi overlooking Cala Deia. Available all year round.

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.

Swimming all year round at Son Angelats

One of the pools at Son Angelats, Soller

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.

Villas with heated pools are rare in the Tramuntana mountains, but Sa Tanca, in the heart of Deia village, has one.

The best of both worlds

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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David Holzer

A freelance writer for many years, David is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, mainly on the subjects of the Beat writers and yoga. He is fascinated by the remarkably rich cultural history of Deia, from Robert Graves to the present day.

David also teaches yoga for writers.

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