If you’d like to go swimming in Chamonix, there are various options:
- you might be lucky enough to be staying at a hotel or chalet with a pool;
- otherwise you can head to the public swimming pools on offer at the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon;
- alternatively, some hotels in the valley let you use their pool if you eat lunch at their restaurant or use their spa facilities (see below for some of these options);
Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
Chamonix’s public swimming pools in the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon offer plenty of splashing fun for all ages throughout the year.
There are both indoor and outdoor pools with lanes, as well as a great selection of children’s pools with slides and other features, and a relaxation area with sauna, hammam and solarium. There are plenty of options to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!
Indoors – there is a 25m indoor pool with lanes and a children’s pool with rapids, water jets and a really fun slide;
Outdoors – the outdoor area (renovated recently) is large and comprises the 50m Olympic pool (swimming in an outdoor pool with a view of Mont Blanc is a special experience!), a children’s pool, slides and a children’s paddling pool. There is also a small lake (not for swimming) and a refreshment hut;
Babies and small children – as well as the indoor children’s pool and the outdoor paddling pool and slides, the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon offers special classes for babies and toddlers. On a Saturday morning at 10h, the Jardin d’Eau offers plenty of fun for babies and toddlers (from 6 months to 3 years) with one or two adults accompanying. At 11h is the Petits Poissons option for children from 3 to 5 years. Lots of toys are put out and the pool is slightly warmed for these classes. See here for more details;
Swimming classes – group lessons can be arranged during the school holidays;
Aquagym – see here for more details;
Price – Adults: 6,50€ / Adults with carte d’hôte: 5€ / Children (6-17 years): 4,70€ / Children with carte d’hôte: 3,50€ / Entrance for swimming pool/sauna/hammam: 13,80€;
*Opening hours change with each season, so for up-to-date information, please check the official website*
Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
214, avenue de la Plage
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 23 70
Parking: there is some free parking at the sports centre, depending on availability. Otherwise there are paying car parks nearby.
Chamonix Hotel Pools and Spas
Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley allow non-hotel guests to access their pool and spa (from 19€ upwards), and this could be just what weary parents, grand-parents and child-minders need after days of family fun out in nature! See my separate post on Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages.
Coming soon to Chamonix: the QC Termes Chamonix (spa, wellness & swimming pool complex, next to Centre Sportif Richard Bozon) is still in the building phase, due to open at some point in 2018 / keep updated by heading to FB page;
Swimming further afield (lakes)
During the warmer months, if you’d rather splash about in one of the nearby lakes, then there are several options nearby:
Lac de Passy – in Passy (20 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
Lac des Ilettes – in Sallanches (25 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
Lac Biotope (Plan d’Eau Biotope) – in Combloux (30 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
Lac in the Parc Patrice Dominguez – lots of other family fun to be had in this park in the summer in Les Contamines-Montjoie (40 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
Lac de l’Etape – a small lake at altitude, also in Les Contamines-Montjoie (access either by the Télécabine de la Gorge (this is located near the Parc Patrice Dominguez) – check opening hours – or on foot (quite a hike!) / *good to know: if you book to have lunch at the restaurant here, then you ride the télécabine for FREE!
Swimming even further afield (lakes)
If you would like to head a bit further away, to a larger lake for swimming . . .
- Lac d’Annecy (Annecy itself, Doussard, Talloires, St Jorioz, Sévrier . . . );
- Lac de Bourget – see here for some recommended beaches;
- Lac Léman (beaches both in France and in Switzerland / Excenevex, for example, near Yvoire);
Swimming further afield (swimming pools)
Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are also public swimming pools in:
- Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – see here;
- Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet – see here;
- Megève (in Le Palais) – see here;
- Marlioz (Passy) – see here;
- Sallanches – see here / a huge new pool is planned for the future here!
The swimming pools most adapted to babies and toddlers, with paddling pools/children’s pool are: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève;
Swimming even further afield (swimming pools)
Even further afield, there are some large swimming pool complexes:
- Vitam in Neydens (near Saint-Julién-en-Génévois) – the indoor pools at this huge parc aquatique are a great option for a rainy day! Vitam is ideally situated within a shopping centre and also has an indoor play centre, Vitam Ludic / also during the school holidays on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 9h to 9h45, there is a baby swimming class, Aquabébés, for children 6 months to 5 years / holiday schedule – with Wibit softplay and more, see FB page / address: 500 route des Envignes, 74160, Neydens / tel: / about 1 hour drive from Chamonix / website;
- Aquariaz in Avoriaz – *NB – currently shut due to technical difficulties* / the tropical indoor water park, with water at 30°! / opening hours: 14h to 20h (please check, variable according to season / price: 3€ to 11€ (3+/adults) / address: 142 route des Rennes, 74110 Avoriaz / tel: 04 50 74 24 42 / about 1h30 hour drive from Chamonix / website;
- Aquaparc in Le Bouveret, Switzerland – with its pirate boat, waves, lazy river and more, this is the perfect family water park! . . . / opening hours / address: route de la plage, 122, 1897, Le Bouveret, Switzerland / tel: +41 24 482 00 00 / about 1h30 drive from Chamonix / website;
And spas complexes (with swimming pools) across the border in Switzerland / Italy:
- Les Bains de Saillon (Valais, Switerland) – set among terraced vineyards, with a view of the little castle atop the medieval bourg, this spa/aquatic centre has both indoor and outdoor attractions . . . three thermal pools (32 to 34°C), a semi-Olympic pool (28°C), a thermal river (120m long) and more . . . / some of the outdoor attractions will only open during the summer months / six restaurants on-site! / price: adults CHF24 to 28, children (4 to 16 years) CHF13 and FREE for under 4s! / address: route du Centre Thermal 16, 1913, Saillon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 602 11 11 / about 1h drive from Chamonix / website;
- Les Bains de Lavey (Vaud, Switerland) – for children 4+ years / address: route des Bains 48, Lavey-Morcles, Switerland / about 1h drive from Chamonix / FB page / website;
- Leukerbad (Switzerland) – a beautiful setting, amidst the snowy mountain peaks, this spa is a real escape . . . 10 pools (between 28°C and 43°C!), and a new bassin aventure! / two dedicated pools for children / price: adults CHF 25 to 30, children (8 to 16 years) CHF 14 and free for under 8s and open to all children from birth! / massages for children & parents available / there are lots of different hotel complexes here, so you can have a proper family spa getaway! / address: Loèche-les-Bains / about 1h45 drive from Chamonix / website;
- Pré St Didier (Italy) – located a short drive from Courmayeur, the spa of Pré St Didier is a favourite destinations for Chamonix locals and tourists to go and relax / *good to know: for adults and children 14+ years!*/ see here for more details / address: Terme di Pré-Saint-Didier, Pré-Saint-Didier, Val d’Aoste, Italy / tel: +39 (0)165867272;