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Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool
There's nowhere better to cool off or just hang out than this spectacular public pool, with panoramic views over Barcelona.

The world's best swimming pool is far removed from rarefied retreats. In fact, you'll find it high on Montjuïc hill, above the beautiful city of Barcelona. Best of all, it's open to everyone, for the piddling price of around £4.

Originally built in 1929, the pool came to international prominence when it hosted diving and water polo events at the 1992 summer Olympics. Since then, its panoramic view of Barcelona has provided the backdrop for a Kylie Minogue video and will host the diving events at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Crucially, the pool also functions as a unique chill-out zone for locals looking to escape the fierce heat of summer.

Scott Manson, The Guardian