Swimming in the Haute Savoie


There are several places you can swim in summer and winter near Les Iris in the Haute Savoie!

Indoor pool Thonen Les Bains – Cite de l’eau
Situated near Lake Geneva, between Thonon Les Bains and Evian, this gym and pool, with a great play area for smaller children, wave pool and water slide, is just over half an hours drive from Les Iris and a lot of fun for children to swim and play.
La cite de l’eau
225 rue de Tilleuls
74500 Amphion/Publier

Please check the opening times when you visit outside school holidays. Click here to visit the website.

Outdoor swimming at Lake Geneva in Thonen Les Bains – Cite de l’eau

There is a lovely pebble beach with grass area and play ground next to the swimming pool for (free) outdoor swimming. During the summer high season there is usually a life guard on duty.

Outdoor pool in Evian
Open from late April to mid-September.
The Evian swimming pool is equipped with a 50-metre Olympic pool and a beginners’ pool, both heated to 27° C. The pool includes an area of the lake set aside for swimming (100 X 60 metres), with diving boards, floating landings and a variety of pool installations (including an iceberg and swings). It also houses a playground with two paddling pools (free and reserved for children under 6 years of age). The Evian pool also boasts: a 160-metre-long waterslide, a swimming school, water skiing, recreational areas (table tennis, beach volleyball and “jumping ball”) and a cafeteria with a terrace.

Avenue Général-Dupas
74500 EVIAN
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 75 02 69
Fax: +33 (0)4 50 75 09 00

Click here for more information.

Outdoor pool in Morzine in summer and indoor pool in the winter
Morzine has an outdoor water park which is open from June to September. There is an Olympic sized pool, a smaller pool and a long water slide.
Route palais des sports, 74110 Morzine
Telephone: 0033450790169
Find more information on their website.

During the winter season you can also swim in the Morzine indoor pool: 502 route du Palais des Sports, 74110 Morzine. Find more information here.

Plage de la Beunaz
Located in the heart of the forest, the natural lake of La Beunaz will let you cool off and swim in safety with lifeguards. Children will enjoy the paddling pool, teenagers the diving boards and trampoline, and adults the restaurant and Finnish sauna. A unique opportunity to go for a swim at an altitude of 1,000 metres, in exceptionally clean, natural water (no chemical treatment). Pass over the lake on a Tyrolean traverse / zip wire (the “télébeune”).
Activities: the Tyrolean traverse, pedalos, canoeing, tubing, an “urban park” , aero-jump, quad biking, the Indian’ Space, pétanque, table tennis and beach volleyball.
Open from 15th June – 31st August from 10-18.
Lac de la Beunaz
74500 St Paul en Chablais
Tel 04 50 73 80 98
(15 minutes from Evian and Thonon on the road between Abondance and Evian)
Find more information here.

Lake Montriond and the Ardent Waterfall
Lake Montriond is a beautiful stretch of water with a public swimming and picnic area and sign posted walks which take in the thundering Ardent Waterfall. Life guards are on duty every day in the swimming area at the lake during July and August. There is also a lovely sandy/gravelly area for children to play. Remember some buckets and spades!

There are many other activities on and around Lake Montriond such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking, walking and hiking and pony rides.

In the winter you can also scuba dive under the ice of Lake Montriond. In winter ice is over 30 cm thick and the water a cosy 1C degree above freezing.

Lake Geneva
A great place for many outdoor activities, it is also a great place to swim. Just stop on the lake side between Thonen Les Bains and Evian for a swim or visit the pebble beach next to the swimming pool in Cite de l’eau.

Excenevex Beach

Excenevex is, above all, reputed for its natural beach of fine sand of almost 10 hectares and its lakeside, unique in the department. La Pinède (the pine-wood) which borders this place to the west of the little stream, le Vion, border with Sciez, gives it a certain Mediterranean air.

The beach, watched over in July and August, slopes gently down into the waters of the lake. It attracts numerous tourists in summer and offers supervised bathing for the children. Excenevex beach is a children’s paradise as the water remains shallow for a long stretch.

The municipality devotes enormous efforts to maintain and render welcoming this free beach of which all the charges fall solely upon the parish of Excenevex. The parking fees charged contribute towards the beach maintenance expenses.

A play area, the volleyball pitches, a giant game of chess, a mini-golf, pedal-boats and various other hire items (motor-boats, deckchairs, beach-umbrellas) are at your disposal.

Fishing, French bowls, sailing, horse-riding and tennis complete the palette of leisure activities proposed to visitors.

Several boats enable excursions on Lake Geneva, and even to go to the market at Thonon-les-Bains on Thursday morning (in July and August – tickets on sale at the Tourist Office).

In winter, this beach is the refuge of a lacustral fauna that the specialists come to admire: ducks, swans, coots, sea-gulls, grebes, sandpipers, godwits, herons, aigrettes.

Just drive towards Excenevex (74140 EXCENEVEX) and follow the signs for the beach.

Find more information here.

Water park Bouveret Switzerland – Aqua Parc
Just across the border with Switzerland (about 1 hours drive from Les Iris) is a big indoor and outdoor water park called aqua parc.
Route de la Plage
1897 Le Bouveret

Visit their website for more information.

Please note that men must wear a Speedo or brief-style swim suits in public pools. Trunks (boxer shorts-style) are cut-down jeans are prohibited for ‘hygienic reasons’.

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