My boyfriend is a keen snorkeller, so we were looking at places to go where we could swim & snorkel. We drove to Porto Moniz on two occasions - once late in the afternoon (to see how far there and back it was!) then for our day trip. On both occasions it was beautiful sunshine, and had a very chilled out/holiday vibe about it. On the day we went to swim, we arrived quite early - about 10/11 and things were just opening up. There is pay on the street parking just outside the pools (Think its about 4 euros for 3 hours? So reasonably cheap compared to home!)
Its 1.50 euros per person to go in the pools, which some people on Trip Advisor have moaned about, but for the facilities provided I think thats very reasonable!
There are nice big changing rooms, loos, lockers, which are well kept and clean.
It is also lifeguard patrolled too for added safety.
We spent approx 3-4 hours at the pools, as it was a lovely day! We swam in the sea which is next to the Pools - there is a diving board there too. IT is great for snorkelling - saw hundreds of fish, which was really exciting for me, as I've never seen so many in such a short space of time! The sea is cold when you first get in, but once you're swimming about and your body is accustomed to the temperature, its fine.
There is a snack bar onsite, and the guy who runs it is very friendly and we were chatting to.
The views from the pools are stunning - deep blue and out to sea! If you walk around the edge of the pools you can see big waves rolling in from the atlantic in the distance.
Overall, we had a great day, there were not many people there - so for us perfect!
It was definately very chilled out and one of my holiday highlights.
I would highly reccomend it! It was the best swim we had (out of about 5/6) of our holiday!
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