Swimming pools in Paris
When Paris's legendary Piscine Molitor – Art Deco showpiece, birthplace of the bikini (and, er, the 'monokini'), star of 'Life of Pi', playground for graffiti artists and ravers – reopened in May 2014, it wasn't in order to welcome back its old public. After languishing in redevelopment limbo for two decades, the pool was eventually snapped up by hotel group Accor, who resolved to convert the site's historic appeal into a luxury brand. The result: a high-end hotel-pool resort that looks good, but costs €180 for a day pass. Parisians are up in arms.
Luckily for them, their city abounds in attractive pools that don't cost half a week's wages to access. From the exotic facilities of the Centre Aquatique de Neuilly-sur-Seine (fake beaches, anyone?) to the naturist evenings at the Roger Le Gall, the Olympic dimensions of the Georges-Vallerey to the dramatic steel structure of the Josephine Baker, these venues offer everything that an overheated Parisian could want. So don your gaudiest swimsuit, grab your coppers for the lockers, and head over for a dip.
Not just a pool, but an aquatic centre with three different indoor sites: one training pool, one for learning and one for fun as well as a small outdoor pool, two solariums and one ‘beach’. It
- 27-31 Bd d'Inkermann, 92200
Right in the heart of the Latin Quarter, just steps from boulevard Saint-Germain, this is a beautiful art deco pool with two mezzanine levels. Constructed in 1934 by the architect Lucien Pollet (also
- 17 rue de Pontoise, 5e
Flanked by the Seine, facing Bercy, not far from the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand and Batofar, this place is the star of Parisian pools in many ways.The impressive glass and steel building by
- Quai François Mauriac, 13e
Built in the 1960s, the Keller pool was totally renovated in 2008, in the image of its host Beaugrenelle neighbourhood. Its changing rooms are particularly luxurious, but it is also a standout due to
- 14 rue de l’Ingénieur Robert Keller, 14e
Hidden behind the Marx Dormoy metro in a small, tree-filled square near the beginning of rue des Fillettes, Piscine Herbert offers a clean, calm and light-filled pool, with lines reminiscent of a
- 2 rue des Fillettes, 18e
Swimming, ice-skating, fitness, aquagym, aquabiking, jacuzzi paddling, tanning, flirting – everything goes at the Pailleron. The large space feels very open, with a large glass roof that overlooks
- 32 rue Edouard Pailleron, 19e
Built for the 1924 Olympics, this complex features a retractable Plexiglas roof, a 50m pool (often split into two 25m pools) and one for kids. Don’t be fooled by its slightly Stalinist appearance:
- 148 avenue Gambetta, 20e
An unlikely island of greenery on the periphery, the Champerret sporting complex houses a pleasant municipal pool that is particularly good in summer. It may not be exactly luxurious and the main
- 36 boulevard de Reims, 17e
This listed complex, built in the 1920s, has one main indoor pool and two outdoor pools (open in the summer). The water is a temptingly warm 28°C, thanks to the natural sulphurous spring.
- 5 place Paul Verlaine, 13e