Stockholm boasts no shortage of natural beauty and no trip there would be complete without a visit to one of the best lakes and beaches in the Swedish capital. You'll find everything from open-air swimming spots along shallow beaches, which are perfect for families, to craggier outcrops where couples can enjoy a romantic picnic in the evening sunshine.

    Or if you'd like to do a little more than simply take it easy, several spots also offer pulse-raising activities and exercise trails. Why not combine sunshine and swimming with a spot of kayaking or fishing, for example?

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    Brunnsviksbadet Beach

    Enjoy a popular beach and family-friendly swimming spot

    Brunnsviksbadet is a popular beach in Frescati Hage by Lake Brunnsvik in the district of Norra Djurgården. The area is comprised of a small sandy beach, as well as some rocks and grassy areas with access to the water. The area can get quite busy on a warm summer's day, but for a little more privacy you can also find smaller bathing spots which are more shaded in the surrounding area.

    People with reduced mobility can use the guide rail which leads down into the water. Guide dogs and service dogs are also welcome on the beach. To reach Brunnsviksbadet take the metro to Universitetet and then walk 750 metres to the beach. The area is also easy to reach by bicycle.

    Location: Brunnsviksbadet, 114 19 Stockholm, Sweden

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    Solviksbadet Beach

    Visit a beautiful and child-friendly spot for swimming, diving and exercise

    Solviksbadet is a large beach with ample opportunity for relaxation, recreation and exercise. The area is made up of a 150-metre long sandy beach with some adjacent grassy areas. Younger visitors can enjoy swings and rockers while the adults chill out on the park benches. The area is also home to Stockholm's only nudist beach for women.

    Solviksbadet is a great choice for anybody who wants to keep a little more active. The spot is popular among divers as it is well suited for exploring beneath the surface and a great spot to learn. There are also exercise trails and an outdoor gym nearby. To reach Solviksbadet take tram line 12 from Alvik to Smedslätten and then walk the remaining 800 metres down to the water's edge. Alternatively, there is parking nearby if you choose to come down by car.

    Location: Ålstens Skogsväg 22, 167 63 Bromma, Sweden

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    Fredhälls Klippbad

    Tuck into a picnic after a refreshing dip in the evening sun

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    Fredhälls Klippbad is located in the district of Fredhäll on Kungsholmen and makes the perfect spot for a dip. The area boasts a smaller lawn and a wooden deck as well as a café which operates in the summer months serving coffee, lighter lunches and fresh buns. Because the water here is deep and the rocks a little steeper, the area is best suited for older kids and adults. The area catches the evening sun and so makes for a great spot to round off the day with a picnic and an evening dip in the company of someone special.

    The area can be easily reached on foot or by bike. Alternatively, the best way to arrive by public transport is to take the metro to Kristineberg which is then just a 10-minute walk away from the water's edge.

    Location: Kungsholms Strandstig 602, 112 26 Stockholm, Sweden

    Open: June–August, daily 9 am to 7 pm

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    Lilla Essingebadet

    Relax on a comfortable beach with a bathing jetty

    Lilla Essingebadet is located on the north-western side of Lilla Essingen, one of the city's smaller islands, and boasts an enticing jetty alongside a spacious grassy spot. The area is suitable for bathers of all ages and features a ladder down from the jetty into the water. During high season, the swimming area is cordoned off with a line and buoys for increased safety.

    Lilla Essingebadet is located among beautiful surroundings and makes for a great spot to catch some evening rays. The easiest way to arrive is on foot or by bike. Be aware that parking in the area can be tricky.

    Location: Dagnyvägen 1, 112 62 Stockholm, Sweden

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    Flatenbadet Beach

    Take a dip in one of Stockholm's cleanest lakes

    Flatenbadet is a gorgeous area with a wide range of activities for sports fans of all ages, beautifully located in the south-eastern part of Stockholm. The beach is Stockholm's largest outdoor swimming and bathing spot and at almost a mile in length it offers plenty of space for everyone. Plunge into the water from jetties or the diving tower, and if you want to keep active, check out the outdoor gym, beach volleyball pitch, boules court, minigolf course and tennis courts. Or explore natural environments on the walking trails around the lake.

    If you feel like something nice to drink as you relax in the sun or if your stomach starts to grumble after a training session, visit one of the outdoor terraces serving food in the area. Fladetbadet is located along Route 229 and is easily reached by car. There is a large car park right at the entrance.

    Location: Flaten, 128 30 Stockholm, Sweden

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    Blue Lagoon (Blå Lagunen)

    Experience tropical vibes in Stockholm

    The Blue Lagoon (Blå Lagunen) is a charming artificial lake on the island of Munsön in Ekerö Municipality whose clear turquoise waters are the reason for its tropical-sounding name. The lake was formerly a quarry but has since been filled with water and transformed into a popular bathing spot. A narrow ridge runs between the pit and Lake Mälaren and there is a larger sand dune towards the north.

    Due to unsustainable traffic congestion, parking is periodically banned at the Blue Lagoon so be sure to check out current restrictions before clambering into your rental car. When parking is banned, it is naturally still okay to head down by foot or bike and enjoy all that the lake has to offer.

    Location: Blå Lagunen, Ekerö Kommun, 178 91 Munsö, Sweden

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    Vinterviken

    Check out interesting buildings, eat lunch on the grass and swim in the sea

    Vinterviken boasts a park-like space, historical buildings, a verdant garden oasis and a little bathing cove. You'll find a small sandy beach and a larger grass area which is just perfect for spreading out your picnic blanket. Much of Vinerviken is comprised of old factory buildings which once belonging to Alfred Nobel and which are currently listed and used for both artistic and culinary operations. Another nice spot in Vinterviken is the community garden, Vintervikens Trädgård. Enjoy a quiet moment in leafy surroundings and why not even stay for lunch?

    The easiest way to reach Vinterviken is to take the metro to Aspudden which is just a short walk away from the water's edge. The area is also easily reached by bike.

    Location: Vinterviken, Hägersten-Liljeholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

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    Långholmsbadet

    Enjoy great-quality water in the heart of Stockholm

    Långholmsbadet is one of Stockholm's most centrally located bathing spots with a 50-metre-long sandy beach and large grassy areas in the shade of trees and shrubs. The area boasts excellent water quality and has even been recognised with a Blue Flag for the excellent quality and safety of its waters. What's more, the seabed is nice and sandy rather than rocky.

    Långholmsbadet enjoys an excellent location on the island of Långholmen and can be easily reached from almost everywhere in town with both the neighbourhoods of Södermalm and Kungsholmen no more than half a mile away. The location also means you'll find no shortage of cafés, ice cream kiosks and restaurants for lunch. Långholmsbadet is easily reached by bike, car, public transport and on foot.

    Location: Långholmsmuren 21, 117 33 Stockholm, Sweden

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    Reimersholme

    Find your very own private spot

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    The island of Reimersholme boasts many different jetties and ladders into the water located all around the island rather than at a single designated bathing spot. If the first beach you come across is in the shade, it won't be long before you find another that's drenched in sunlight. Out on the headland, you'll find a secret jetty and a grassy area which make for the perfect place to take a secluded dip away from the crowds. The fact that the bathing spots here are a little more spread out makes this island best suited for adult bathers.

    Reimersholme's location in Stockholm's inner city just south of Långholmen makes it pretty easy to reach. Simply take the metro to Hornstull and then walk the final stretch or take the bus onwards to Reimersholme.

    Location: Pokalvägen 4, 117 40 Stockholm, Sweden

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    Hellasgården

    Swim, stroll and try your hand at different activities

    Hellasgården is a popular and beautiful spot in the Nacka Nature Reserve (Nackareservatet) with 2 different lakes and a broad range of activities on offer. The large bathing area by Källtorp Lake features wide jetties which form an enclosed swimming spot for kids, and there is also a barbecue area and large grassy lawns. The somewhat smaller Söderby Lake has 2 sandy beaches, expansive grassy areas and rocks where you can sunbathe after a dip.

    Hellasgården also offers opportunities to play football golf, rent a boat, exercise in an outdoor gym or to go for a run along exercise trails. The area is located just 15 minutes away from the transport hub of Slussen, making it easy to escape the bustle of the city into gorgeous and abundant nature.

    Location: Ältavägen 101, 131 33 Nacka, Sweden

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