The outdoor swimming pools of Paris

A number of Parisian swimming pools are equipped with a retractable roof for the pleasure of open-air swimming in Paris.

In summer time, many pools in Paris open their roofs to the delight of swimmers. All you have to do is choose the pool that most appeals to you and which suits your type of swimming: bucolic, Olympic, sporty or art deco … take your pick.

The most historic first with the Piscine de la Butte-aux-Cailles, the doyenne of Parisian establishments. Built in 1924, it is a listed monument with its superb art nouveau decor. In terms of facilities, it offers three pools, two of which are outside.

We continue diving into the past with the Piscine Pailleron, inaugurated in 1933. It is a gem of art deco and also a listed building. The icing on the cake: ozone treated water, a lot less polluting and not aggressive to hair. There is no open roof but there is an outdoor sundeck where you can bask in the sun before going for a dip.

Joséphine Baker swimming pool, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

To swim in the wake of champions, go to Piscine Georges-Vallerey, inaugurated for the 1924 Olympic Games. It is there that the American Johnny Weissmuller (unforgettable Tarzan at the cinema) won the gold medal for the 400-metre freestyle event. The 50-metre pool has a retractable roof.

Enjoy a bucolic break at the Piscine d’Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne. It has two pools, one of which has a partially-retractable roof, as well as a sundeckout in the open amidst the trees.

Situated in a shady public garden in the north of Paris, the  Piscine Hébert opens its roof in fine weather. A few steps from Buttes-Chaumont, the Piscine Georges-Hermant has a retractable roof, a sundeck and terraces in the sun. Built at the heart of the Beaugrenelle district in the 1970s, the Piscine Keller has two pools with retractable roofs. For good swimmers, there is the Piscine Roger-Le-Gall, behind Place de la Nation. It has a 50-metre lap pool with an open roof in summer.

Completely offbeat, the Piscine Joséphine-Baker is a floating pool, housed on a pontoon moored at Quai François-Mauriac in the 13th arrondissement. Thoroughly modern, it has a 25-metre pool treated with ozone. In fine weather, its mobile roof opens to give breathtaking views of the Seine. After a dip, you can sunbathe in a deckchair on the roofReservations are required to access the Joséphine Baker swimming pool.

Looking for a complete change of scene? Head to Aquaboulevard de Paris with its palm trees, artificial beaches and water the colour of a lagoon, at 29°C, big outdoor pools … No, you are not dreaming, you really are in Paris! Online booking is highly recommended to access Aquaboulevard de Paris.

Piscine de la Butte-aux-Cailles

Swimming pool
5 place Paul Verlaine, Paris, 75013

Opened in 1924, the Butte-aux-Cailles swimming pool is startling at first sight, with its high vaulted roof supported by a number......

Piscine Roger Le Gall

Swimming pool
34 boulevard Carnot, Paris, 75012

Situated at the Porte de Vincennes, the Roger Le Gall swimming pool combines excellent sports facilities and the conviviality......

Piscine Joséphine Baker

Swimming pool
Quai François Mauriac, Paris, 75013

Creating a floating pool on the River Seine was a daring venture! The giant barge housing the Josephine Baker swimming pool is......

Piscine Keller

Swimming pool
14 rue de l'Ingénieur Robert Keller, Paris, 75015

This is the pool that Paris sports enthusiasts and experienced swimmers use. The Piscine Keller is one of the few 50-metre......

Piscine Georges Hermant

Swimming pool
15 rue David d'Angers, Paris, 75019

The Piscine Georges Hermant in the 19th arrondissement caters principally for serious swimmers. It is one of the few 50-metre......

Espace sportif Pailleron

Jeu et détente
32 rue Edouard Pailleron, Paris, 75019

Run by the Paris City Council, the Pailleron sports complex offers any kind of activity you can imagine to get you back into......

Piscine Georges Vallerey

Swimming pool
148 avenue Gambetta, Paris, 75020

The large Georges Vallerey swimming pool is regularly used for competitions such as the French swimming championships.

Piscine Hébert

Swimming pool
2 rue des Fillettes, Paris, 75018

Wonderfully light thanks to its glass facade, the Piscine Hébert swimming pool, situated in the heart of the La Chapelle......

Piscine d'Auteuil

Swimming pool
Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris, 75016

The Auteuil town pool is very popular with Parisians and has two pools: one is 25 m by 15 m and the other, 15 m by 6.5 m. Note......

Aquaboulevard de Paris

Leisure park
4-6 rue Louis Armand, Paris, 75015

Aquaboulevard de Paris offers an exciting day out for the whole family. It is the biggest urban water park in Europe, boasting......