Top tips for swimming on La Loire à Vélo!

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Between two cycle stages or visits to châteaux and gardens, take time to cool down along the Loire à Vélo itinerary! We’ve listed a few good places to go for a paddle or a swim :)

Swimming in Oudon

Discover the lake of Le Chêne next to the Loire in Oudon! This quiet spot offers a south-facing beach, a play area for children and a picnic area. You can also go for a 1.5-km stroll around the lake!

Swimming in Ingrandes-sur-Loire

To the great delight of many, an ephemeral pool forms every summer here on the beach of the southern bank of the Loire, offering a beautiful view of the Ingrandes / Le Fresne waterfront and a place for swimming in safety and having fun on the beach. Free events and a free reading area are available in July and August.

Swimming at the Lac de Maine leisure park

In the heart of a protected environment, near Angers, the Lac de Maine offers a supervised swimming area, water sports, walks and a lawn beach where you can relax in the shade of the trees and spend an enjoyable day with the family.

Swimming at the Ile du Château in Les Ponts-de-Cé

Water games, a paddling pool for the little ones, a lawn beach, supervised swimming with a team of lifeguards… A unique venue for fresh-water swimming awaits you in Les Ponts-de-Cé! The Ile du Château also offers the added bonus of late openings every Friday until 9pm and Aquagym on Thursday evenings at 7pm (subject to weather conditions)!

Swimming at the Ile de Millocheau lake in Saumur

Situated on the banks of the Loire, the Ile de Millocheau lake offers 2 dedicated swimming areas, including one on the edge of the Loire, for relaxing in and cooling down in summer. Various water activities are also organised at this ideal family-friendly venue near Saumur, such as exploring the Loire by canoe and stand-up paddle boarding. Perfect for relaxing!

Swimming at the Capitaine leisure park in Bourgueil

Come and enjoy the pleasant Capitaine leisure park in Bourgueil. This venue has all the ingredients for a great day outdoors with its swimming area (supervised in July and August) and water activities, as well as a mini-golf course, beach games for children, boules pitch and a volleyball court… All you need to do is take your pick!

Swimming at Les Bretonnières lake – swimming in Joué-les-Tours

The Les Bretonnières swimming area in Joué-les-Tours has once again been awarded the Pavillon Bleu label. Situated a few kilometres from the centre of Tours, it is the perfect spot for a refreshing and relaxing break on its pleasant lawns after a stroll through the city’s streets.

Swimming at Le Lac de Loire swimming pool in Blois

Just 2km from Blois, on the left bank, Le Lac de Loire swimming pool is an ideal place for relaxing, swimming in the 25m pool and having fun with the children in the paddling pool. The leisure park also offers kayaking and places to eat and buy local products on site. Enjoy swimming with an exceptional view of the Loire at Le Lac de Loire!

Natural swimming at Grand Chambord

Come and enjoy this natural and innovative aquatic space just a stone’s throw from the Château of Chambord. The water in the huge 2000-m² swimming pool is constantly filtered by aquatic plants. The Grand Chambord natural swimming area awaits you for a day of relaxation with the family surrounded by nature!  
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Swimming at the Ile de Charlemagne leisure park in Orléans

The Ile de Charlemagne leisure park, situated to the south of Orleans, covers an area of 70 hectares. Come and spend the day here and enjoy the fine hot summer weather. Relaxation is guaranteed thanks to the two beautiful sandy beaches! As well as a supervised swimming area, there are also clubs offering an introduction to windsurfing, catamaran and dinghy sailing and kayaking. Not to mention outdoor sports such as beach volleyball, boules and minifootball!