6 freshwater bathing spots
A source of legends and poems, and constantly filled by a spectacular waterfall, the Gorg Negre (Black Pool), in the municipality of Gualba, is one of the most magical and breathtaking places in the Montseny Massif, which really is saying a lot when it comes to this stunning area. Getting there is a bit of a trek but that will make your dip all the more refreshing!
2. Merlès Stream
Few rivers (or streams in this case) in Catalonia have as many natural pools and beaches as the Merlès Stream, a tributary of the Llobregat River. Head upstream from Santa Maria de Merlès and choose whichever spot takes your fancy to cool down.
3. Sau Reservoir
At the well-known and popular Sau Reservoir you can go for a dip and even enjoy a spot of sunbathing on the little beaches you’ll find there. The best equipped locations are at the Yacht Club and close to the Can Mateu activity camp house.
4. Gorg del Salt
We head now to Borredà to cool off in this crystal-clear pool. Gorg del Salt means “Waterfall Pool” and the waterfall here, which forms part of the Margansol Stream, is about 20 metres high. The parking area is less than a 10-minute walk away.
5. Ges River
This small tributary of the Ter River has plenty of meanders and natural pools. The area just outside the town of Sant Pere de Torelló is the best spot to enjoy its crystal-clear waters.
6. Baells Reservoir
Like Sau, the Baells Reservoir is also a great place for water sports and swimming. The fact that it has an open-water swimming lane, part of the vies braves network, means that it’s popular with swimmers and other sportspeople, who go there to train.