Wondering if you can practice sports in Paris? Below is an overview of all that you can do during your leisure time.
Despite being a highly historical and cultural capital city, Paris hosts a rather young and dynamic population with an average age of 43. Their secret? Sports! Indeed, the city provides a wide range of sports-related activities to its inhabitants so that they can keep fit. So regardless of your age, you will definitely find something to do during your free time.
Jogging is the favorite sports of the inhabitants of Paris. Despite pollution, the city provides several areas where you can breathe in fresh air and run safely. Indeed, you will find parks and smooth trails all around. The Seine River banks are closed to vehicles on Sunday. So why not go for a walk or jogging there? You will also find many green spaces.
There are many jogging tracks in the West as well, such as the Boulogne woods which stretch over 8.6 km² and the Javel André Citroën Park stretching over 2.6 km². You can also go jogging among beautiful ancient monuments in the city center.
The Tuileries Garden which is 15 km² long and the Monceau Park that stretches over 3.8 km² provide pleasant tracks among lakes and flowers. Luxembourg Gardens is another beautiful place for running and relaxing. You will be able to admire the museum as well as water jets.
In the South, the slightly undulating lands host the Bercy Park and the Montsouris Park which stretches over 1.6 km².
Butte de Chaumont, in the East, hosts a thousand concerts in summer. The Villette Park, for its part, provides some 400 meters tracks to allow you keep fit. Note that the Zenith de Paris is found in this park along the Saint Martin channel.
Having been influenced by the Romans for many years, Paris also hosts many pools and swimming pools where you can go swimming and diving anytime you wish.
In the 5th, the Pontoise swimming pool provides a splendid atmosphere among historical monuments.
Located in the 10th, the Château-Landon swimming pool is one of the most authentic ones. The Josephine Baker swimming pool, in the 13th, is uncovered in summer.
Further in the 15th, the Aquaboulevard swimming pool is an aquatic park with 10 slides and huge pools, including several jacuzzis that are ideal for all ages. These are generally full during the weekend but you can try them on a Sunday evening.
Finally, in the 16th, the Molitor swimming pool is another mythical one, reopened in May 2014. Entrance fees of 180 euros apply due to several water activities such as the sauna and hammam.
You will also find several tennis courts across Paris, namely in the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 20th. Rates are quite interesting for less than 26 years old youngsters. Advance booking costs as follows: 12.5 euros per hour in a covered court and 6.5 euros per hour in an open air court.
Note that job seekers and beneficiaries of the RSA are eligible to free tennis courses.
Climbing is becoming more and more popular despite being expensive. You are likely to find these facilities namely in Pantin, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Courbevoie, Saint Ouen and Quai de la Marne. Prices generally range between 20 and 35 euros per session, including equipment rental. Most of these also host a sauna where you can relax afterwards.
Quality of Air Index www.airparif.asso.fr
Que faire à Paris quefaire.paris.fr
Marathon de Paris www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com
Semi de Paris www.fitbitsemideparis.com
Paris Official Portal – Swimming pools www.paris.fr/piscines
Paris Official Portal – Tennis www.paris.fr/tennis
Paris Official Portal – Climbing walls www.paris.fr/services-et-infos-pratiques
Piscine Molitor www.piscine-molitor.com
Fédération française d’escalade – FFME www.ffme.fr