5 Best Places to Swim in Paris


The fact that Paris has no beach has never stopped the locals and tourists from finding their way to as many water solutions as possible.

Since it is not possible to swim in the actual Seine River that runs through greater Paris, the city of Paris has had to cater to the swimming community in other ways.

Swimming pool culture is huge in Paris; but in a different way to the rest of the world. While other countries boast swimming pools in most backyards of suburban areas, Paris instead has them scattered around the arrondissements for public use.

Seine swimming pool in Paris – by Chen Zhao – Wikimedia Commons

Outdoor swimming pools are frequently seen around town. There is even a public pool floating on the Seine right in front of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.

These are great for the warmer months in Paris, but once the cold sets in the swimmers need to retreat indoors to get their daily or weekly swimming fix. 

Come rain or shine, Parisians enjoy the ability of being able to swim no matter what is going on outside. The city is home to some of the finest indoor swimming facilities in Europe — from public pools, to spas to hotels; there’s something for the whole family.

Here are five unmissable pools in Paris for you to enjoy!

1. Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles in Paris

5 Place Paul Verlaine

The weirdly futuristic architecture of the Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles makes it one of the better known public swimming facilities in the city.

It’s gorgeous; swimming here you feel like you’ve either been blasted back to the 70s or somewhere in the future. What’s more, the facilities are well kept and noticeably cleaner than most public pools around the city.

Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles – by Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles – Sourced from their website

Interestingly enough the Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles is one of the only public swimming pools to be officially classes as a historical monument of France as of 1990.

The Butte aux Cailles neighborhood is a beautiful little place to wander around. It exists on a hilltop in the 13th arrondissement of Paris and is endlessly charming with cobblestone roads and extensive greenery. Not a bad place to enjoy a walk before or after a relaxing swim .

Admission: €3 for adults // €1.70 for children

2. Spa 28 in Paris

28 Rue Monsieur le Prince

The swimming pool at Spa 28 in the St Germain district comes highly recommended by many around Paris. You’ll have to treat yourself to a treatment or two to gain access to the facility, but it is well worth it.

Their swimming pool is underground in a tomb like setting, lit only by candles and pool lighting. Once down in the chamber, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted indoor swimming for as long as your heart desires.

Spa 28 – by Spa 28 – Sourced from their website

This gem is hidden within St Germain and is within walking distance of the Luxembourg Palace and Cluny Museum. Both very notable attractions to visit if you are in the area for a day of relaxation.

This is not the kind of indoor pool you’d visit with kids. Take the day off to enjoy it with yourself or a partner.

3. Piscine Pointoise in Paris

19 Rue de Pontoise

This is a practical yet very appealing indoor pool in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. The Piscine Pointoise is best known for being the best place for insomniacs to head for a swim after dark.

The public pool offers nightshift sessions starting after it “technically” closes at 8pm. At 8:15pm the pool reopens to all the night owls and swimming continues right up until 11:45pm.

Piscine Pointoise – by Piscine Pointoise – Sourced from their website

This is particular great for anyone who works all day and can only find their leisure time in the evenings. The facilities are kept up to scratch during both the day and evening sessions. Take note that this pool is notoriously crowded on weekends and public holidays.

The glass roof of the pool really adds to the ambiance of the experience. Swimming under the stars without freezing to death in the Parisian cold? With pleasure.

The central location of this pool leaves it in the vicinity of many great French restaurants within walking distance. Evening swim and a dinner date could just be in order.

Day Admission: €4.80 for adults // €2.90 for children

Night Admission: €11.10 for all

4. Aquaboulevard in Paris

4-6 Rue Louis Armand

Aquaboulevard is the largest waterpark in Paris and also boasts a number of the most impressive pools you’ll find in the city. Between slides, wave pools and simulated greenery you’ll feel like you’ve made your way to an island retreat for the day.

Aquaboulevard – by Mariiwakura – Wikimedia Commons

The park features both indoor and outdoor swimming facilities so it is a great place to take the whole family for a day of fun.

To get to the park you’ll have to make your way to the south western outskirts of the city.

Admission: €29 for adults // €19 for children

5. Shangri-La Paris

10 Avenue d’Iéna

Situated inside the hotel, the pool of Shangri-La is one of the most aestethicgally pleasing things you’ll see inside of a building during your time here.

The 15m long pool was built into some ancient stables once belonging to Prince Roland Bonaparte. The facility makes use of entirely natural light which adds to the overall ambiance of the space.

Shangri-La Paris – by Shangri-La Paris – Sourced from their website

The 16th arrondissement is an exciting place to both swim and explore. Definitely head to a free guided walking tour while you’re in the area and learn more about the history behind some of the other facilities available.

Whether its a casual, low-key swim that you’re after; or a transportive session of relaxation — Paris can cater.

These are but five of the many impressive swimming pools that call Paris home.  If you are wanting some more ideas, find a similar article here.

Not only are  swimming pools great places for a day out, they make for great photo opportunities to show a leisurely side of your trip and make the people back home swoon.

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