Where to go for a swim around Lyon?

Want to take a refreshing dip? Your faithful team is here with a selection of places to bathe, surrounded by nature, near Lyon.
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Last updated date : 22/03/2023

Lac de Bordelan

Just 30 km to the north of Lyon, Lac de Bordelan offers all the ingredients for fun and relaxation, including a sandy beach, a beach volleyball court, a large lawn, snacks and a refreshment area. To ensure safety, swimming is supervised in July and August, from 10 am to 6.30 pm.

Prices: €3 per adult, €2 per child (6 to 12 years) and free for children under 6. Further information is available at Destination Beaujolais.

Lac des Sapins

65 km to the north-west of Lyon, Lac des Sapins is very popular with families in the summer. It’s easy to see why, with pedalos, horse rides, walking and mountain-biking trails, and spots to relax. There is no danger of getting bored here! Lac des Sapins is also Europe’s largest natural bathing spot, offering the pleasure of swimming in pure water!

Prices: €4,5 per adult, €3,5 per child (3 to 16 years) and free for children under 3. Further information is available at Office de Tourisme du Beaujolais Vert.

Lac d’Aiguebelette

This lake is a magical spot to recharge your batteries, with its little houses on stilts, water at 26°C in the summer and, above all, its magnificent emerald green colour. Just an hour from Lyon, you can relax on one of the beaches around the lake (seven in total!), or go on one of the many walks to be had around the lake.

Prices vary for each beach. Further information is available at Pays du Lac d'Aiguebelette.

Lac d'Aiguebelette © Pays du Lac d'Aiguebelette

Lac de Paladru

Lac de Paladru, France’s fifth largest natural lake, is located about an hour to the south-east of Lyon. Here, you will find many relaxing and sports activities. The lake’s crystal-clear, warm water (25°C in the summer) is perfect for bathing! This lake is also a fisherman’s paradise, with its great variety of fish (a fishing permit is required).

Prices vary for each beach. Further information is available at Office de Tourisme du Pays Voironnais.

Lac de Paladru © Office de Tourisme du Pays Voironnais

Lac de Nantua

Nestled between two mountains, towards Lake Geneva, Lac de Nantua (not named after the classic French sauce) is an absolutely charming lake! There are many water-based activities available for all, including pedalos, paddleboarding, canoeing and water skiing. The various colours of the lake’s waters, which change from blue to deep green according to the weather, make it irresistible to dive in!

Swimming is supervised and free in July and August. Further information is available at Office de Tourisme du Haut Bugey.

Lac de Cormoranche

In a leafy green setting, Lac de Cormoranche lies just an hour to the north of Lyon. On the lake shore, you will find a 42-hectare leisure base to have fun and relax in the water, with a fine sandy beach, water volleyball, pedalos, kayaks and many other activities for the whole family. The BeFUN aqua park has nine inflatable structures for kids (and big kids too).

Prices: €3,6 per adult, €2 per child (3 to 14 years) and free for children under 3. Further information is available at Base de loisirs du lac de Cormoranche.

All you need to do is select your destination and enjoy the water!


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