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What to do in Geneva during the very hot weather?

Bathing, water sports or walks in the shade: if you are keen to stay outdoors despite the heatwave, here is a short selection of activities to help you keep cool. 

Des enfants se baignent dans la fontaine du Jardin Anglais

With bathing spots, walks in the shade and water sports, you’ll find plenty of ways to cool down. 

Take advantage of the numerous bathing spots

Take a dip surrounded by nature

  • Baby-plage and the new Eaux-Vives beach  will be a firm favourite with young and old alike;
  • The Bains des Pâquis offers you a convivial atmosphere;

  • Anyone wanting to take advantage of the amenities on the banks of the river at the Pointe de la Jonction and to enjoy the cool waters of the Rhone must stay extremely alert and respect the instructions on site!

Hunt for the shade

The City of Geneva and its numerous parks are overflowing with trees, offering you shade and a little cool air. Just choose your specimen from more than 220,000 individual trees that can be found within the city, such as the sequoias in Parc Barton or the cedars in Parc Beaulieu.

From park to park with the micro-oases

Thanks to the “From park to park” project, five micro-oases will be installed in the city throughout July and August, offering a chance to cool off as you make your way between your home and a park. Built on a wooden base and equipped with benches, plants and a shelter, these oases also boast a misting system that is triggered whenever the temperature exceeds 27°C. A welcome site for anyone looking to cool off and intended first and foremost for senior citizens, these sites are wheelchair-friendly and can be found in: 

  • les Acacias (rue du Grand-Bureau),
  • les Grottes (rue de la Faucille),
  • les Pâquis (rue du Môle),
  • les Eaux-Vives (rue de Montchoisy).  

Do refreshing sports activities

For sports fans, there’s no point in going for a run under the blazing sun! Here are a few suggestions for staying active without breaking too much of a sweat:

  • If windsurfing is not really your thing, why not hire a pedalo to enjoy the waters of Lake Geneva. Those with a slide at the back offer you the chance to slip into the cool waters of the lake;
  • adrenalin seekers can choose to take a trip down the Arve by raft or canoe – a fun and original way to see the city;
  • or why not try your hand at paddle surfing! Often spending more time in the water than paddling, beginners will feel particularly refreshed!

    And if the mere idea of doing sport during the hot weather has you sweating, pull up a seat at one of the numerous ice cream parlours or terraces by the lake shore!

Adopt the right habits

While the activities listed here are fun, a heatwave is no less dangerous for the most vulnerable among us. Remember to protect yourself against the heat, take on sufficient liquids and take care of your loved ones and neighbours.

Heatwave plan for senior citizens

Every summer, the City of Geneva implements a heatwave plan, , primarily intended for people over the age of 75. Senior citizens can register with the Social Service in order to benefit from a monitoring service during the very hot weather. This year, a map of cool (indoor) locations is available to senior citizens. 

Article modifié le 10.06.2021 à 13:20