Los Charcones is an area consisting of several natural pools located in Playa Blanca, on the southwestern fringe of Lanzarote, three kilometres northwest of the Pechiguera Lighthouse.
To get there, you have to walk from the lighthouse about two or three kilometres. It is well worth the walk. With care, you can also drive to an old hotel that will give you the clue to find the place. The pools are surrounded by rocks but are easily accessible.
As you swim, you will be able to peer through the crystal clear waters to see the bottom. You can also sunbathe in the surrounding area.
If you want to eat, Playa Blanca is nearby. It is ideal as it has different options of delicious food to choose from.
Charco del Palo
Another wonderful natural pool in Lanzarote is the Charco del Palo, although it is only advisable to swim in three of its pools.
They are in the municipality of Mala to the north and south of the town. It is a naturist area so no one swims with a costume on.
If you would like to go there, you just have to take the LZ-1 road. The site is between Mala and Guatiza, three kilometres away from both locations. There is free parking nearby to make it even more accessible.
And to eat? Nearby there are plenty of alternatives, both in Charco del Palo and in Mala or Guatiza.
In the municipality of Punta Mujeres there are some great natural pools which are easily accessible.
Their crystal-clear waters contrast with the dark colour of the volcanic rocks and are ideal for children.
It is an area where the sky is usually overcast in the early hours of the day, so the best time for swimming is after 11.30 am, especially in the summer months.
For lunch, if you don’t want to leave the area, one of the pools (the central one) is close to a bar. In the others you will find more peace and quiet if that’s what you’re looking for.
Furthermore, it is a very welcoming fishing village to visit.
Cueva del Agua
La Cueva del Agua is also known as La Olla and is one of the largest natural pools in Lanzarote measuring almost ten metres in diameter.
It is located in the village of Guatiza, in the northeast of the island, isolated between the coconut trees and the Charco del Palo which we have already mentioned.
It is a wild natural pool, surrounded by volcanic rock where there are plenty of places to put a towel down and sunbathe. However, you have to be careful with the terrain because it is a bit slippery and you may also encounter the occasional sea urchin.
As it does not have the best accessibility, it is also recommended to go there with appropriate footwear to avoid any problems.
If you still fancy a swim or just want to see the spectacular landscape, you need to be prepared. Although it is only a hundred metres from where you park the car to where the pool is, the walk is not an easy one.
In addition to these natural pools in Lanzarote, there are others that you might also like to visit during your stay on the island, such as Barranco del Quiquere, El Muellito, Puente de las Bolas, El Charco de los Hombres and Caletón Blanco.