For more than 150 years, the residents of Guernsey have been able to enjoy La Valette bathing pools on Guernsey’s east coast.
Since 1865, La Valette bathing pools have offered a safe and contained area for salt water swimming, suitable for the whole family!
The water in the pool comes directly from the sea at high tide. The height of the walls allow a certain amount of water to remain in the pool as the tide lowers. The walls also stop an excess of seaweed or sea creatures finding their way into the pools.
In its earlier years, the pools were often visited by many people of great significance, including legendary “Les Misérables” writer Victor Hugo and famous Renaissance painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
In 1930, changing rooms were built on-site along with a terrace, which now houses a kiosk, with beautiful views across the sea and Guernsey’s neighbouring islands. The kiosk serves drinks, food and ice creams.
Renovation work was put in place after 2008 due to general wear and tear from constant use by the public in the 1990s and 2000s. The surrounding areas were recently rejuvenated as part of a community project, and today the bathing pools are in great condition.