On the north- eastern side of the island of La Palma (one of the Canary Islands), there’s an area called Charco Azul in San Andres y Sauces. People love this place on TripAdvisor, and I agree that it’s a fantastic place to chill out – although it feels rather touristy. I imagine it gets a whole lot busier in July and August.
If you have children or are just keen for a tame sort of lazy day, this is the perfect spot to get a bit of reading done, alternating between baking in the sun and dipping into some chilly water. There are a few man-made pools clustered close together and if you go right down the pathway you’ll see some natural pools further along. There’s a pebble beach on the right as well, but it doesn’t look like the swim spot. I didn’t explore the left side of the area too much, but there might be a sand beach right there.
There’s a restaurant right there simply named after the pools: Bar Charco Azul, that looks like the best spot to grab lunch. The simple menu offers typical food from the area; fish and sea food, traditional boiled potatoes and the local goats cheese.