Sports in Paris
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Paris offers a wide range of activities for sports enthusiasts, or anyone just looking to keep up a healthy lifestyle. The city is home to some of the best football and rugby teams in the world, and with France winning the Football World Cup in 2018 and Paris preparing to host the Olympic Games in 2024, the city’s sporting life is going from strength to strength.

Running in Paris

Running is one of Paris’ most popular sporting pastimes, and this should come as no surprise, given the formidable backdrop that the city’s architecture offers. Despite the busy urban environment, the city provides several areas where you can breathe fresh air and run safely. You’ll find parks and smooth trails in many parts of the city, as well as special arrangements for runners (and walkers). For instance, the banks of the Seine River are now closed to vehicles, making for a beautiful waterside running track, especially in the warm summer months.
There are many jogging tracks in the West of the city, such as that in the Bois de Boulogne, which stretches over 8.6 km² and the Javel André Citroën Park (over 2.6 km²). But nothing beats a jog around the Louvre and the Place de La Concorde in the early hours of the morning as Paris basks in the first rays of sunlight. The Jardin des Tuileries - which is 15 km² long - and the Monceau Park (which stretches over 3.8 km²) both provide pleasant tracks in the tranquillity of lakes and lush surroundings. In the centre of the city, the Luxembourg Gardens are also another beautiful place both for running and relaxing. In the South, the slightly undulating terrain is home to the Bercy Park and the Montsouris Park which stretches over 1.6 km². The Butte de Chaumont park in the east of the city offers stunning views over Paris are breathtaking and some challenging routes. Finally, the Parc de la Villette provides some 400-metre tracks.

Swimming pools

Swimming pools are dotted across the city of Paris, from Olympic-sized pools to smaller local addresses. Notable options include the Olympic sized pool within the Les Halles shopping centre, the Piscine Château-Landon - first built in 1884, the elegant 1924 pool at Butte aux Cailles with its outdoor pools, the Piscine Pontoise just moments from the Boulevard Saint Germain, and the summertime hit Piscine Josephine Baker - housed on a boat and offering the perfect option for sunbathing through the summer months. If you are an avid swimmer, take advantage of reduced prices by buying ten swimming sessions at once. For families, Aquaboulevard is a vast aquatic park with ten slides and numerous large pools, located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

Playing tennis in Paris

You will also find several tennis courts across Paris, with many located in beautiful parks such as the Jardin de Luxembourg. To reserve a court, you will first need to sign up to the official tennis service, then follow the step-by-step process to book a location in Paris up to seven days in advance. A covered court costs around €17 for one hour, while an open-air court is just over €9 an hour. Those under the age of 26 will enjoy reduced rates.

Climbing walls

Climbing is becoming an increasingly popular activity in Paris. For options inside central Paris check out Escalad’Indoor or Arkose Nation, or head just out of the city to find great climbing walls such as Murmur in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hardblock to the south-east of the city, Block’ Out in Saint-Ouen, and Blockbuster in Courbevoie. Prices generally range between 15 and 30 euros per session and can include equipment rental if needed.

 Useful links:

Quality of Air Index
Que faire à Paris
Marathon de Paris
Semi de Paris
Paris Official Portal – Swimming pools
Paris Official Portal – Tennis
Paris Official Portal – Climbing walls
Piscine Molitor
Fédération française d’escalade – FFME

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