You have many options for 🏊♀️ swimming in the Chamonix Valley and in the Pays du Mont-Blanc!
If you’d like to go 🏊♀️ swimming in the Chamonix Valley, then you have 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 pool 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);
[ ⇒ for more information about 💦 ephemeral summer waterslides, wibit inflatable zones on lakes, paddling pools and more not too far from Chamonix Valley, see separate MBFF article 💦 SUMMER SPLASH! ]
Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
Chamonix’s 💦 public swimming pool is located within the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon, and it offers 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!
💦 indoor – there is a 25m indoor pool with lanes and a children’s pool with rapids, water jets and a really fun slide;
💦 outdoor – the outdoor area 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;
🅿 parking: there is some free parking at the sports centre, depending on availability. Otherwise there are paying car parks nearby;
address: Centre Sportif Richard Bozon, 214, avenue de la Plage, 74400, Chamonix;
tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 23 70;
Chamonix Valley hotel pools & spas (open to the public)
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 MBFF’s separate article on Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages ]
QC Termes Chamonix (spa, wellness & swimming pool complex, next to Centre Sportif Richard Bozon) is highly recommended by locals and tourists alike! / FB page;
Hotels in the Chamonix Valley allowing you to use their 💦 pool if you have lunch in their restaurant:
- La Fruitière at the Folie Douce (Chamonix);
- Hôtel Aiguille du Midi (Les Bossons) – this lovely hotel doesn’t advertise this, but you are discreetly allowed to use the outdoor swimming pool, if you have lunch at their lovely restaurant!
Pays du Mont-Blanc
🏔 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are also 💦 public swimming pools in:
- 💦 Marlioz (Passy) – see here;
- 💦 Sallanches – see here to learn more about the NEW Centre Aquatique in Sallanches!
- 💦 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – see here;
- 💦 Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet – see here / NB – currently shut for renovation;
- 💦 Megève (in Le Palais) – see here;
The swimming pools most adapted to babies and toddlers, with indoor paddling pools & children’s pools, are: Sallanches, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève;
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;
💦 Lacs des Ilettes – in Sallanches (25 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
💦 Plan d’Eau Biotope – a stunning location for this bio lake (cleaned naturally by the plants 🌱) in Combloux (30 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;
💦 Lac de Baignade in the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet – 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 via the 🚡 Télécabine de la Gorge (this is located near the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet / check opening hours) or by foot (quite a hike!) / good to know: if you book to stay overnight at the hotel here, then you ride the télécabine for FREE!
Further Afield swimming
If you would like to head a bit further away, to a larger lake for swimming and more watersports options . . .
- 💦 TNA Cable Park (Arenthon) – with wibit inflatable structures and cable wakeboarding and waterskiing / see here for more details;
- 💦 Lac d’Annecy (Annecy itself, Talloires, St Jorioz, Sévrier, Doussard . . . );
- 💦 Lac du Bourget – see here for some recommended beaches;
- 💦 Lac Léman (with beaches in both 🇫🇷 France and in 🇨🇭 Switzerland / Excenevex, for example, near Yvoire);
[ ⇒ for more ideas, see separate MBFF article 💦 LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) ]
Parcs Aquatiques even further afield
Even further afield, there are some large 💦 swimming pool complexes:
🇫🇷 💦 Vitam in Neydens (near Saint-Julién-en-Génévois) – the indoor pools and slides 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 climbing wall, playcentre (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 / about 1 hour drive from Chamonix / website;
address: 500 route des Envignes, 74160, Neydens / tel:
🇫🇷 💦 Aquariaz in Avoriaz – 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) / about 1h30 hour drive from Chamonix / website;
address: 142 route des Rennes, 74110 Avoriaz / tel: 04 50 74 24 42;
address: route de la plage, 122, 1897, Le Bouveret, Switzerland / tel: +41 24 482 00 00;
And spa 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! / about 1h drive from Chamonix / website;
address: route du Centre Thermal 16, 1913, Saillon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 602 11 11;
address: route des Bains 48, Lavey-Morcles, Switerland;
🇨🇭💧 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! / about 1h45 drive from Chamonix / website;
🇮🇹💧 QC Termes Pré St Didier (Italy) – located a short drive from Courmayeur, the spa of Pré St Didier QC Termes is a favourite destinations for Chamonix locals and tourists to go and relax / good to know: reserved 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;