Roland Garros, one of the world’s most challenging tennis tournaments, will soon be underway. If you’re feeling inspired to get active, you’re in the right place – whether you’re after a gruelling half-marathon or a leisurely game of pétanque, Paris is full of spectacular exercise spots.
Tennis at the Jardin Atlantique
For a game in an unusual setting, head to Tennis de l’Atlantique. Perched on top of the busy Montparnasse station, the courts used to belong to an exclusive private club, before being bought by the city and opened up to Parisians. Just try not to let the occasional rumble of trains disrupt your serve.
Running in the Bois de Boulogne
The Bois de Boulogne, a tranquil expanse of parkland next to Stade Roland Garros, is an ideal spot for a jog. Every Saturday, the park plays host to a free five kilometre run, open to participants of every ability.
Pétanque at the Jardin du Luxembourg
Yes, there are tennis courts here – but if you fancy something more relaxed, you can try your hand at pétanque. The sport is a weekend staple in the village squares of southern France, and is broadly similar to the English game of bowls. Equipment is available for rent and delivery across Paris, or you can pick up a reasonably-priced set from Decathlon.
Swimming at Piscine Pontoise Quartier Latin
Take a dip amidst Art Deco grandeur in the Piscine Pontoise Quartier Latin. Situated on Paris’s Left Bank, the pool is open until midnight on weekdays, and for a small surcharge you can squeeze in a game of squash or unwind in the sauna.
(image: TENNIS COURT IN THE LUXEMBOURG GARDEN, PARIS (75), FRANCE. FORGET Patrick/SAGAPHOTO.COM / Alamy)