Sport in Paris has many sides. The most prestigious sports competitions are the Roland Garros clay ground tennis tournament, the Paris Marathon, one of the most scenic in the world, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse race in Bois de Boulogne, the final stage of the Tour de France cycling race down the Champs Elysees. The city has three major venues for sports events: Stade de France, Parc des Princes and AccorHotels Arena. Tips for practicing sports. Trip to Paris.
The city has many sides. She is too a great city for sport lovers. The top annual sport events in the city are Roland Garros Tennis Tournament in June, one of the top ATP tennis competition and the traditional final circuit of the last stage of Tour de France on Champs Elysees end of July.
The Paris Marathon in April is one of the most scenic urban marathons in the world. Register early as it is always fully booked in advance. The semi-marathon and the 20km race are also very popular. Check Paris Marathon page.
The Paris Masters, also called Rolex Paris Masters, are a top ATP competition taking place in AccorHotels Arena. There are two world class racecourses, Longchamp and Auteuil, in Bois de Boulogne, where some of the most prestigious races including Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de Diane, Grand Steeple Chase de Paris, are run. Information on France Galop web site.
There are three world class sport arenas in the city. Parc des Princes is the stadium of Paris Saint Germain, one of the best soccer teams in Europe. The AccorHotels Arena stages first class sports events, including tennis, basketball and handball competitions. Stade de France is the venue of international rugby and soccer competitions. It hosted France 98 Soccer World Cup final (France beat Brazil) and Rugby 2007 World Cup final (South Africa beat England).
It is always possible to practice sports in the city: swimming pools (list), tennis courts (list), sports and fitness centers (list) are widely available. Aquaboulevard combines a water park with waves and slides, a sport and fitness center.
Many people jog in parks and gardens. With Velib, it is possible to rent bicycles anywhere anytime in the city, combining sports and sightseeing. Information.
Enjoy sport in the City of Lights.
Europe’s richest and most prestigious race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, takes place over the first weekend of October each year in the city. The race attracts the greatest racehorses from around the world. It usually takes place at the Longchamp racecourse in Bois de Boulogne.
Redevelopment work is currently taking place in Longchamp. The race is temporarily moved to the beautiful Chantilly racecourse, north of Charles de Gaulle Airport.