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 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 to5 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.
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 away) / see here for more details;
Lac des Ilettes – in Sallanches (25 mins drive away) / see here for more details;
Lac Biotope (Plan d’Eau Biotope) – in Combloux (30 mins drive away) / see here for more details;
Lac in the Parc Patrice Dominguez – in Les Contamines (40 mins drive away);
Lac de l’Etape – a small lake at altitude, also in Les Contamines (access either by téléphérique – check opening hours – or on foot (quite a hike!);
Swimming further afield (swimming pools)
Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are also public swimming pools in:
- Megève (in Le Palais);
- Marlioz (Passy);
- Sallanches (a huge new pool is planned for the future here!);
Swimming even further afield (swimming pools)
Even further afield, there are large swimming pools complexes/spas in:
- Lavey-les-Bains (*NB no admission for children under 4 years!*) and Les Bains de Saillon in Switzerland (after Martigny);
- the Thermes de Pré-Saint-Didier just through the tunnel in Italy (*NB no admission for children under 14 years of age!*;
- Vitam aquapark in Neyden (towards Annecy);
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 . . . );
- Lac de Bourget;
- Lac Léman (beaches both in France and in Switzerland);