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Surrounded by nature, parks and lakes – and with the stunning Swiss Alps as its backdrop – Geneva offers the ultimate outdoor adventure for every visitor. Here we take a look at some of the active things to do in Geneva, including walking, cycling, water sports and swimming…
Geneva is a fantastic city to explore on foot, allowing travellers to take the time to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the lakeside’s calming atmosphere. Take a stroll through one of the city’s many parks, and pay a visit to the Parc de la Perle du Lac, the Parc Mon Repos, or take a moment to admire the stunning views of the lake and the Jet d’Eau with a walk through the Parc de l’Observatoire.
The city and its surroundings also offer beautiful hiking routes to explore, both for adventure enthusiasts and novice hikers alike. Visitors can experience the spectacular countryside villages between the Arve River and Lake Geneva, or scenic routes showcasing the natural beauty of the Rhone and the Moulin-de-Vert nature reserve.
Cycling and biking
As a cyclist-friendly city with bike lanes on almost all the paths, and a countryside waiting to be explored, Geneva provides the perfect arena for bike tours. Whether cycling through the pristine wine-growing countryside with its direct access to the lake, or discovering Geneva’s many wonder-filled cycling routes including the “Rhone Route” or the “Cornavin – Mont-Salève” there is no better way to enjoy Geneva’s great outdoors.
For the more experienced cyclists, travellers can challenge themselves along the beautiful South Jura Route, where they will ride through romantic old towns and vineyards, and pass by the lakeside bathing beaches.
Lake Geneva is a vast playground for lovers of water sports, fun and relaxation. Whether it is renting a paddleboard at the Tropical Corner and Plage du Reposor for an adrenaline-filled escapade or windsurfing on the water. If you’re more of a windsurfer, then you can get involved in some lessons with an experienced teacher, or hiring a wakeboard for the more experienced water sports fanatics. For visitors who prefer wakeboarding, head to Quai Gustave-Ador for a sporting outing with a difference. If you prefer to keep it relaxed, Les Corsaires offers a range of small pedal boats for hire, including those with a slide into the water to cool off on those hot summer days.
Swimming is also a popular tradition, both in summer and during the winter months. Enjoy the sun and relax at Bains des Pâquis or the beach at Plage des Eaux-Vives. Families can enjoy the closed leisure area at Genève Plage or have a scenic swim at the Floating Island Quai de Cologny, only a short bike or bus journey out of the city.
For more information see Geneva Tourism