Les Bains des Pâquis
Les Bains des Paquis
Ask any local where to take a dip and more than likely the answer will be the Bains des Pâquis. Geneva’s favourite outdoor spot originally opened in 1872 and has been pampering its customers ever since. The baths could not be more central, located on a long breakwater that stretches across the water, and offer much more than swimming. How about an invigorating hammam or sauna? Or a relaxing massage then some tai chi? Or simply soak up the sun while enjoying the city views. www.bains-des-paquis.ch
There is something for everyone at this popular 1930s lido in chic Cologny just outside the city centre. As the name implies, there is a beach (with pebbles and sand) but also an Olympic-sized pool with marked lanes, high diving platforms, water slides, special kids’ areas and plenty of verdant relaxation space. Plus the likes of paddle-boarding or aqua-zumba for fitness fans. www.geneve-plage.ch
If you like things low-key, then this is the one for you. Few facilities or frills, just the beach, the lake and the sun. What more do you need, especially as it’s bang in the middle of the city? Geneva’s main shopping streets are nearby, so it’s ideal for relaxing after some serious retail therapy. It used to be only for families with small children but now is open to everyone.