Paris: 3 incredible pools to cool off in this weekend

Summer's not quite over yet, and the thermometer is even reading over 30°C in Paris this weekend, enough to make you want to take a dip in some of the capital's most beautiful pools. And with good reason, some of the pools in Paris are real architectural treasures. Art deco, vintage or modern, here are pictures of the most beautiful pools in Paris.

La piscine du Molitor à Paris.

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1. Joséphine Baker swimming pool

In the 13th arrondissement of Paris, the Joséphine Baker swimming pool floats on the waters of the Seine, next to the François Mitterrand library. It is held in place by 20 floats and its structure was designed by architect Robert de Busni. As soon as summer arrives, its roof opens up and you can take full advantage of its 25-metre by 10-metre pool under the sun.

❤️: swimming in a pool overlooking the Seine, with its solariums, saunas, hammam, jacuzzi and fitness room.

Practical info

📍 Location: it's here on Google Maps!

👛 Price: €3.5 full price and €2 concessions.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 8.30am and 1pm to 8pm.

2. The Molitor Hotel swimming pool

The 5* Molitor Hôtel is ideally located in the west of Paris, a stone's throw from Roland Garros, the Parc des Princes and Jean Bouin Stadium. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, which is open all year and heated to 28°C, or go for a swim in the historic 1930s indoor pool. To use the pool, you must be a hotel guest: why not treat yourself to a luxurious staycation in one of Paris' s most legendary hotels?

Le Molitor Paris 5* Paris

Le Molitor Paris 5*

This 5-star palace is one of the most emblematic hotels in Paris, renowned for its huge swimming pool and top-quality services.
£353 / night

Visit❤️ and relax in the spa, sauna or hammam, or take a private lesson with a sports coach.

Practical info

📍 Location: it's here on Google Maps!

👛 Rates: access to the pool is reserved for hotel guests, club members and local schools.

3. Butte aux Cailles swimming pool

The Butte aux Cailles swimming pool was designed in 1922 by Louis Bonnier and is considered to be the oldest swimming pool in Paris. Its interior features Art Nouveau-style red bricks, aerial arches and a concrete vault: an architectural masterpiece!

Our favourite ❤️: the three pools (two of which are outdoor) and the solarium, which almost makes you forget you're in Paris.

Practical info

📍 Location: it's here on Google Maps!

👛 Price: €3.5 full price and €2 concessions.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm then 3pm to 8pm and Sunday 8am to 2pm then 3pm to 6pm.

Bonus: the Pontoise swimming pool in Paris (reopening in 2024)

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, the Pontoise swimming pool was built in 1934 by Lucien Pollet. What makes it special is that it is listed as a Historic Monument by the City of Paris. Inside, there are six 33-metre-long swimming lanes surrounded by glass windows. For the record, this pool was used as a filming location for the movies Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain and Trois couleurs : Bleu starring Juliette Binoche.

A particular highlight at ❤️: the large skylights that light up the swimming pool and balconies.

Practical info

📍 Location: it's here on Google Maps!

👛 Price: €4.8 full price and €2.9 concessions before it closes.

👉 The Pontoise swimming pool is currently closed for renovations, but we couldn't resist telling you about it because it's so mythical! It is due to reopen in January 2024.

by Faustine PEREZ
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