When it gets hot in Jerusalem and the program calls for a few hours or few days off then a swimming pool is a good option. Most of the five star hotels have a pool that is open to the public, although it is advised to check in advance about public access and cost on a given day. The pool at the King David is impressive set in gardens providing the full colonial ambiance.
In terms of public pools the main possibility in the city is the pool is at 43 Emek Refaim. This is a large popular pool in one of the trendier Jerusalem neighbourhoods. It has been threatened with closure, but we are pleased to report that it is open and after a court dispute looks likely to stay that way. It has 3 pools, including an Olympic size and also a children’s pool. It is open air (some shaded parts) in the summer and closed over in the winter. There is a varied schedule – including some nights to 2145 and some starts at 0530; occasionally it operates separate male/female slots.
The entrance is down the passage next to the mini-market (but just ask a passer-by)
Emek Refaim Pool (Hebrew only) or call 02 5632092
Emek Refaim is one of the places to hang out and enjoy yourself.
Another option is Beit Yehuda – this is a hostel/hotel located near-ish to the zoo halfway up the hill to the Massua neighbourhood. Not a massive pool, but seems to have space for everybody. Shallow end is shaded, and occasionally there is a blow up slide that is fun for all. Offers a good multi-entry pass, if you plan a couple of visits.
For details 02 6322777 & Beit Yehuda Pool
Pools Outside Jerusalem
There are a few pools located in the hills around Jerusalem that are open to the public.
Neve Ilan is located on a kibbutz and is a fairly big pool with plenty of grassy areas to relax. Neve Ilan is a few kilometers outside Jerusalem just off the main highway (1) to Tel Aviv. For details call 02 5339380
My favourite is Shoresh; decent sized pool, conveniently divided into 2 sections so you can decide if you are playing or swimming. There is often an inflated obstacle course and slides that is great fun. Large covered paddling pool with slides and squirts; and of course grassy shaded areas. The best thing about Shoresh is that around 4 the heat disappears, there is a breeze and wow the view; it seems that you are at the highest point in the world. Offers a good multi-entry ticket if you plan more than one visit.
Shoresh is basically on the other side of Highway 1 to Neve Ilan. Both Shoresh & Neve Ilan are easily accessible by car or taxi (arrange what time you need a pick up.) You can get to Shoresh Junction by bus (roughly 2Km from the pool – a long walk.) More details Shoresh Pool